Mountain View, Calif.—Google stepped up the competition in the search engine space by announcing Thursday it has introduced a beta version of desktop search.
The company said the new application, called Google Desktop Search, will enable users to search their computers for e-mail, files, Web history and Web chats as easily as they now use Google’s search engine to search the Web.
In a statement, Google co-founder and President of Products Larry Page, said, "Google Desktop Search brings the power of Google to your personal information on your own computer. As easily as searching Google, you can instantly search your files, local e-mail, the Web pages you have seen, and more."
The company said the new search feature is "designed from the ground up to respect user privacy," and searches by individual users will not be accessible to Google or anyone else without the user’s permission.