04 May E-business consortium evaluates 12 desktop search engines
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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.