Boldly declared it is “poised to face Microsoft and Google in the battle for desktop search supremacy”, Copernic Technologies Inc. yesterday confirmed that its search software now searches local files as well as the web.
The company announced the Copernic Desktop Search, which pre-indexes the contents files, emails and attachments and allows users to run a query in under a second. Popular office document formats, music, image and video files are supported.
The free software also features a pre-viewer that shows a snapshot of your results before you pull up the full document. Previous versions of Copernic just dealt with web search, conducting a meta-search on popular search engines.
As we reported three weeks ago, the Quebec-based firm brought in CEO David Burns recently, who headed Fast Search & Transfer and ultimately sold that company’s web search portal to Overture, now Yahoo.
Burns is looking at expanding Copernic’s distribution channels – looking at portals or bundling – in order to prevent the company’s eight years of search experience being sidelined by the entrance of Microsoft and Google to the market.