Google’s enterprise desktop search (available here at no cost) is a useful tool. It does pretty much what you’d expect: it reads through your docs and e-mail and gives you an instant search capability. It has saved me several long searches for docs I knew were lying around but I couldn’t remember exactly where.
For all its benefits, however, the technology does have some distinct limitations:
For these reasons, true enterprise search tools such as IBM’s Information Integrator OmniFind do not have much to fear yet from this free offering. “Yet” is the operative word. Obviously, all these limitations are intentional, as Google has demonstrated it has the technology to get around them in its other products. So, at any time it could fold these features into its free offering.
If you can live with these limitations, you’ll definitely find the search engine useful.