The company X1 first was founded in 2003, and their debut program release was Desktop Search, which enabled users to search through all of the files on their Windows computer. While the program was better than the search tool that came with the Windows operating system, few people were motivated to buy it because they already had a search tool. X1 marketed to different consumers after the lack of enthusiasm they received for the original Desktop Search, creating a social media search option that was marketed to law enforcement, private detectives, and other investigators to make viewing public social media easier and faster, enabling faster conclusions to open cases and issues. In 2013, X1 released a better version of their original Desktop Search program to consumers. Desktop Search 8, available for purchase on X1.com, is better than before, and faster, too. In fact, it’s faster than Windows search and Outlook search, and it does so much more.
Desktop Search 8 begins searching as soon as the user begins typing, which increases the program’s speed and accuracy. X1 designed the program with the goal of increasing business productivity and empower business owners and employees. Desktop Search 8 searches multiple data types, so it’s more useful than your average stock search tool. It also lets you preview over 500 file types after your search is complete. It has three search options: Boolean, proximity, and keyword searches. Few programs offer Boolean search as an option, which puts X1 ahead of the curve in itself.
The program has a unified interface, meaning you can use the same program to search all your files, no matter which files you are searching for. Desktop Search 8 has the ability to increase business and personal productivity, as it easily searches through emails, desktop files, SharePoint data, and other key productivity software files. The software also can be used to search cloud files and network file shares, so the user is no longer required to have every file on the single computer they are using. Desktop Search 8 will search through all Outlook emails and contacts, the primary email company most business owners choose. The program searches across all SharePoint data, and has the ability to perform post-search actions in SharePoint, such as checking in and checking out.
When the user receives the results of his search, he can filter the results by file type, folder, email subject lines, or contacts, just to name a few. That feature contributes to the program’s overall speed – the user needs only general information to find a very specific file. The preview option on the unified interface shows a preview of the first page of the document, which makes it even easier for the user to know when he has found the correct document. Not only does it eliminate the hassle of sifting through various search results that are created using a relevance algorithm, it also saves valuable time that would be wasted opening different files to see if it is the correct one.
The pricing for Desktop Search 8 is listed on X1.com – to sum it up, after the free 14-day trial, a single user can buy a license for $49.95, with an annual support fee of $19.95. For large enterprises, they recommend contacting the company for pricing options.