The final release of Google Desktop Search 3 now includes a feature called a ‘Quick Search Box’. This search box is pictured above and will appear in the center of your screen as soon as you hit the CTRL key twice. You can hide the box by hitting the CTRL two more times. Those people that do not use the sidebar will find this feature extremely useful.
Another new feature is the ability to lock the Desktop Search and prevent other users from being able to use it. Once the search has been locked, a user can unlock it by simply entering in the Windows password. People using shared computers, such as those at work, will like to have this security option.
Also, don’t forget that there are many many plug-ins that you can get for the sidebar to make it more useful. The top 5 plug-ins right now: Calendar, MSN Plugin, FishTank, eBay Watcher, and Dictionary. Of course, don’t forget about the increasingly popular Sudoku puzzle plugin.
I think that the Google Desktop Search is very powerful and that is why a similar feature will be built into Windows Vista (the next version of Windows that is scheduled for release in the second half of 2006). Microsoft has a long way to go before they will be able to meet the feature set that Google has already put into this Desktop Search application.