Best desktop search tools

X1Technologies wins test of six third-party search tools for Windows desktops

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Looking for a relatively simple and inexpensive way to improve end user productivity? Desktop search tools can help end users swiftly locate critical nuggets of data, freeing up time for more important tasks.

Windows 7 Search might be all you need

Of course, Microsoft offers a built-in search tool, which has vastly improved over the years, particularly with Windows 7. But many employees want features beyond what Microsoft offers, such as multiple query methods, auto categorization and clustering of results.

We tested six desktop search products – Copernic Desktop Search, dtSearch Desktop, Exalead Desktop, Google Desktop, ISYS Search, and X1 Professional Client. We also looked at the latest Microsoft Search, so we could evaluate the differences between third-party tools and what comes standard with Windows.

Our Clear Choice Test winner is X1 Professional Client. In every test scenario it proved superior – from the most documents types indexed and previewed, to type-ahead showing of results. It was also the only product to play well with Microsoft Office 2010.

We were impressed with Copernic Desktop's user interface and the simple way it refines results. However, it lacks the more advanced search and result-filtering features.

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