Both Microsoft and Google are working out better ways to search for files on your hard drive. The jolly Redmond Giant has developed the WinFS file system for its latest OS Longhorn. But the arrival of this operating system might not be seen for years, may be 2007.
Google is meanwhile hoping to steal the march on the slack Microsoft by releasing a search tool called 'Puffin'. We assume the name is inspired because the puffin can catch as many as ten small fish at once without swallowing them, rather than the fact they were once used to flavour porridge in St Kilda.
The Puffin project has been leaked by Google and no real details are available yet. It is not clear if you will be turning over your hard-drive directories over to Google or if a micro version of the search engine will sit on your hard drive. Nor is it clear what flavour it gives the porridge.
Of course some cynics would say that the whole taking on Microsoft bit is just a piece of pre-IPO spin and the puffin will never fly.
You can learn more about the puffin - the seabird not the search tool - here. µ
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