New Google software moves in on Microsoft "Google's latest software gives it more presence on the PC, taking the company farther beyond the traditional search business and into an area Microsoft has long dominated.
A new version of Google's free hard-drive search tool, released as a test version Monday, comes with an on-screen "sidebar" that allows users to see and access content from the Web and their own machines. Personal photos, news feeds, weather forecasts and e-mails are among the materials the optional sidebar displays.
Google may take a bigger step beyond traditional search later this week. The New York Times, citing company executives, reported Monday that Google plans to unveil some form of a "communications tool" on Wednesday. There has been widespread speculation that Google is working on an instant-messaging program to compete with programs from Yahoo! and Microsoft's MSN unit."