Yahoo has announced that it will be giving away a free version of X1, the desktop search engine from Idealab! starting next year.
This is a brilliant move. In May I blogged about Google’s free desktop search and what a threat it posed to Microsoft:
“When Google offers its free download, I’m not sure X1 will have a prayer, unless Microsoft buys X1 and starts giving its tool away for free to compete with Google.”
I paid $99 for X1 and have also tried Google’s desktop search and Copernic.com’s free desktop search. While Copernic has the best user interface, X1 is far faster and more reliable than Copernic. I don’t like Google’s attempt to integrate web searching with desktop searching. I like the dedicated desktop search programs much better.
So Yahoo did what I thought Microsoft should do.
Yahoo is leading in another key area: customizable home pages. My Yahoo is absolutely superb. It offers not only stock tracking but now has more than 150,000 data feeds (including blogs and major news sources) that you can select for your MyYahoo! home page.