Google is today expected to release new features in its free desktop search program.
The new functionality will include password protection, a more customisable floating tool palette, the capability to send information to a friend’s desktop, and a search across multiple computers.
Google Desktop is a free program that lets users search for files on their hard drives using keywords. Its Sidebar tool palette offers personalised news, RSS feeds, weather, stock quotes, and other information based on user preferences.
It also displays scrolling lists of recent e-mails, rotating photos and a to-do list.
Other new features include advanced search forms, a suggested-spelling tool for queries and zip file indexing.
When it first released the desktop search program, Google pushed its search-engine rivals to offer competing facilities.