Google Quick Search Box for Mac Now Available
Article by George Norman
On 14 Jan 2009
Google has recently put out a new feature that would be used on the Apple developed Mac OS X, feature called the Quick Search Box. Its purpose, besides replacing Spotlight obviously, is to come to the aid of Mackies that want to perform fast searches on their Mac OS X powered system.

Nicholas Jitkoff and Dave MacLachlan from Google explain: “One of our goals at Google is to make your search experience as fluid as possible. For the last year, we have been working on a new, open-source quick search box. This Mac version is much more experimental than its iPhone sibling, and through it you will be able to see many of the areas we are exploring: contextual search, actions, and extensibility. It is by no means feature-complete, but is a very good indication of things to come.”


If you would like to put the Quick Search Box to the test, then by all means takes Google’s invitation and go for it, just click here. But before you do that, here is a quick list of tasks you can perform with the Quick Search Box:
- Look for information from the web without you having to open a browser.
- Launch web pages you wish to visit.
- Launch applications you need to use.
- Search for locally stored data such as Address Book contacts, files, and even music from iTunes library.
- Find definitions.

Going through what people have to comment on the Google Quick Search Box, one cannot but notice that people really like it – which is great if you keep in mind the fact that the application is still “experimental”, and if people like it now, just wait until the developers finish working on it. One feature that would be welcomed since it is currently unavailable would be the ability to search your Gmail account.

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