NB: Only approved software is allowed to be installed on your FAO computer
Unfortunately, we don't have permission to install Google Desktop search on FAO computers, but they have added such great new features that I felt the service deserved a blog posting anyway.
I have had Google Desktop installed on my home computer for a year or so. It indexes all the files on your computer and it searches them much faster and much more efficiently than the built-in Microsoft search utility. About a week ago, they upgraded the look and feel of it. It now integrates your desktop with RSS feeds for items such as news, weather, and frequently visited sites.
The best improvement to this service is the possibility to simultaneously search all files on every computer where you have installed Google desktop. For example, if you were theoretically able to install the service on your work computer, you could execute a search from your office and find files that you had accessed the night before from your computer at home.
Google Desktop searches Word files, Excel files, emails, and your web browsing history.
A list of FAO approved non-standard software can be found here.