MSN Desktop Search Revealed

Desktop search – the latest search battlefield.

Today brings leaked screenshots of the forthcoming Microsoft Desktop Search. The product isn’t slated for release until 2005, but a beta is still expected sometime this year.

The screenshots are news, but that M$ would enter the product space isn’t. Many are aready there: My personal favorite X1 (which Google Desktop Search, Yahoo Desktop Search, and new players like Blinks, Copernic, and many others.

Like lots of things that are too efficient at processing information, desktop search has already started to raise security concerns, since many of them capture every web page you visit, every document you create or view, and every in-and-out email.