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E-business consortium evaluates 12 desktop search engines

Can't find your files? Desktop search applications bring some of the same technology used by Internet search engines to your hard drive, but the market is getting more crowded.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison E-Business Consortium evaluated a dozen desktop search tools for usability, accuracy, versatility, efficiency, security and enterprise readiness in a recently published report (PDF).

Copernic came out the overall winner, ceding ground only in security – to Yahoo – and in efficiency – to Wizetech's Archivarius.

The much celebrated Google Desktop ended up with a middle-of-the-range score. The report specifically commented that Google seemed to rely on its relevance algorithms to the exclusion of other sorting techniques.


Amit Agarwal responded 10 years ago: #1

You are missing the most important point of this report

Most of the desktop search tools were still too immature for significant business use due primarily to a lack of mature security and overall manageability.

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