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MSN joins desktop searchers

MSN has followed Google’s lead in announcing the beta roll out of its own desktop search tool.

MSN has followed Google’s recent lead by announcing the beta roll out of its own desktop search tool.

MSN Toolbar Suite Beta is available as a free 4.7MB download from http://beta.toolbar.msn.com. This batch of programs includes three toolbars: an internet and windows explorer toolbar, an Outlook version and a desktop search bar. When combined these allow users to search all their PC’s files, including e-mail messages and attachments, similar to Google’s recently launched Desktop Search utility.

In addition to Toolbar Suite’s search functions, it includes MSN’s own pop-up blocker, an auto form filler and an online password manager. To use this trial version of MSN’s search suite users must be running Windows XP or 2000 (version 4 or later) and have Internet Explorer 5.01 installed, though this does not need to be set as their default browser. For e-mail searches to work correctly users must be running MS Outlook or Outlook Express 6.0.

Askjeeves, Lycos and Yahoo are all set to launch similar desktop search tools over the next few weeks.

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