Google has trumped Microsoft by releasing its new desktop search tool, which allows you to search documents on your own hard drive, and returns results in the familiar, intuitive Google web page format.
That's right: now you can Google your hard drive!
The tool is easy to install and is already proving popular, according to early feedback from users. On the downside, the programme needs quite a lot of space, which can be a problem, espcially as you don't get to choose which drive partition to install to.
My guess is that Google Desktop Search may be the company's first step towards a peer-to-peer search engine that allows users to search the contents of each others' hard drives.