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Google Search for desktop files could arrive soon

Google Search for desktop files could arrive soon

by AshwinAugust 17, 2015

Google is an undisputed champion of the search engine world, there is no question about that.


But there are areas, which are uncharted waters for the Search Giant.

One such platform, is Desktop computers. No, I’m not referring to “Google Search for browsers”, or the Google for Windows 10 app. I’, talking about the computer itself, Google Search cannot deliver results from your PC’s files.

But this could be about to change, according to SlashGear‘s report. Apparently Google has filed for a patent, for a technology which is simply called  “computer application data in search results”. The patent mentions that the search power of the upcoming technology includes native apps, remote services, registered apps, some of which include social apps, navigation apps, media players, websites, news, bookmarks, contacts, etc.

Google wants to help users by finding files stored on the computer. And the above list of information could also be used to provide relevant information in the search results. It is unclear how this would work, perhaps done through a locally installed app which has been given permissions (through an EULA).

It is likely that the new service from Google, could be a competitor for one app, Microsoft Cortana. The personal digital assistant, shipped along with Windows 10, is the default search service for the operating system, and can pull information from the web as well. Google is likely to view this as a threat to its own service.

The Web part of “Google Search for desktop files”, suggests it could be implemented in Google Chrome, just like Cortana has been embedded in to Microsoft Edge, the new browser of Windows 10.

I speculate this is one way to regain users which Google may have lost out to Microsoft, thanks to Windows 10’s default browser setting, which in turn uses Microsoft Bing. It is possible that Google’s new app for desktops may offer to install and set Google Chrome as the default browser, with Google Search as its search provider.

Google has already updated its app for Windows, and has also joined the OpenSearch web standard to support Microsoft Edge, in a bid to defend its position as the world’s no.1 search provider.