July 15, 2014 · 8:28 AM
In talking with a business acquaintance recently, a question came up about the future of desktop search: what happens when the desktop is no longer the interface of choice for business professionals? It’s a great question, and one I clearly have a vested interest in given X1’s status as the leading desktop search engine. The reality is that today’s workers access their information from a variety of interfaces across many devices. What we need to do is think of the desktop less in a literal sense and more in terms of being a user interface for information.
Since the dawn of the PC, the desktop has been the user interface for most business professionals to access information and do their jobs. The future of that desktop no longer lies in accessing it on a PC, or even a laptop or mobile device. Given the speed of innovation, it is useless to try and forecast what the “desktop” will look like beyond a five-year timeframe. Already, there are stories emerging about the desktop being built into things like tabletop coffee tables. It is absolutely fun and inspiring to see developments like this and to know we are making forward progress in the tech world. At the same time, we need to make sure that information – which will be stored in a variety of locations, too – is accessible to the business professional no matter what the desktop looks like in the future.
That is why X1’s Search 8 Virtual Edition is so exciting. The flagship product, Search 8, represents years of experience providing a beloved user interface to a business profession’s most critical information – email, files, SharePoint, etc. When the product first came out nearly a decade ago, most of that information was stored locally. Thus, a local index could live on the desktop and X1 could provide fast-as-you-type search results and filtering on that local index. Given the evolution of the desktop and the variety of devices accessing that desktop, a local index is not always a possibility. That’s where Search 8 Virtual Edition comes in. The client interface is decoupled from the index, which can live anywhere (typically off on a server farm).
This allows IT teams that have invested in desktop virtualization (VDI) to turn off Windows indexing (necessary to save virtual resources) and still provide business professionals the ability to find their information. Desktop virtualization enables many of the things that businesses value highly – especially security and mobility – and comes in its own variety of flavors. VDI can be either on-premise and through the Cloud, as Desktop-as-a-service (DaaS). Increasingly, DaaS offerings such as Amazon Workspaces are becoming more enterprise ready and promise to deliver desktops in a “whenever, wherever” fashion (and, as I’ve posted about before, a good search experience will be crucial to getting the most out of DaaS).
That Search 8 Virtual Edition helps enable an optimal experience with desktop virtualization and DaaS is a great thing, but the value does not stop there. The same concept – allowing the index to be decoupled from the client interface – will enable great search experiences for mobile, which is the next big stomping ground for enterprise IT. And, X1 is the only search vendor providing this capability. We know that the concept of the desktop could live anywhere. And, our customers want to be able to use X1 Search 8 even if they are unable to have a local index on their machine or device.
The term “desktop search” is already out there and meaningful to many people, so it’s not about changing what we call this market. Rather, it’s about changing the mindset – realizing that the desktop is not just the screen on your PC, but rather the gateway to all of your important information needed to do your job.
Filed under Desktop Search
Tagged as business professionals, desktop, desktop search, employees, future, information, mobile, software, Solution, vendor, virtualization, workers, X1, X1 Search
May 29, 2013 · 9:13 AM
Earlier this month Robert Mitchell at Computerworld proclaimed that X1 had reemerged in the world of search with X1 Search 8, the new release of our flagship and industry-leading X1 desktop search. (See: X1 Rises Again with Desktop Search 8, Virtual Edition). I think Computerworld is spot on and aptly describes the response and success of X1 Search 8. X1S8 (or “8”) is major advancement of X1 Search. As mentioned on our recent webinar showcasing X1S8, I wanted to thank our hundreds of thousands of loyal and longtime X1 customers, plus many of the new customers joining us in recent weeks since our highly successful launch of 8.
Overall the response has been tremendous! Since the May 7 release, we have seen shattered sales records coupled with very exciting feedback from our customers, new and old. Based upon the feedback, three improvements to X1S8 are particularly resonating. One is the new and streamlined interface that, combined with a faster and more responsive product, provides an enhanced and highly intuitive user experience. Second, our business users from enterprises large and small are very happy with the built-in and integrated SharePoint support (see video here). And finally, the unique support of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) demonstrates that X1 is once again a cutting edge technology that supports our customers’ current as well as future requirements.
X1 has always been a great solution. In July 2010, Network World declared the previous version of X1 to be the leader in its class, selecting X1 as its Clear Choice winner ahead of competitors such as the native Windows Outlook search and Google desktop search. Perhaps not coincidentally, after Network World anointed X1, Google shortly thereafter announced the end of life for its desktop search. Additionally, with Windows 8, Microsoft is apparently moving away from integrated desktop search as the latest Windows OS no longer features a federated search option.
What this means is that X1 not only has risen again, but has a clear lead in the field of search as 8 is a major upgrade to our award-winning previous version. This is particularly true given the virtualization capabilities of X1S8, which we will now be rolling out to many large enterprises that previously could not support any desktop search within their VDI environment. We believe that eventually desktops will be hosted in the cloud, which will require a cloud-based virtual desktop architecture, which X1 already and uniquely supports. So X1 is ready for the cloud when our customers are.
Recently X1 has enjoyed the support of a number of investors who have enabled us to double down on our support of current customers and the development of next generation search and eDiscovery solutions to support enterprises large and small. This includes our enterprise eDiscovery strategy, but it also means channeling additional resources into our core X1 desktop search technology. Look for more innovations to support our loyal customer base including new mobile support, and search of hybrid cloud. And if you haven’t yet seen X1 Search 8, please take it for a spin with a free trial available at this link.
Filed under Desktop Search, Virtualized Environment
Tagged as Computerworld, desktop search, Google, Network World, Robert Mitchell, search, SharePoint, VDI, Windows 8, X1
May 7, 2013 · 9:58 AM
We are taking a break from eDiscovery and investigations to discuss some big news in the world of X1 search. Today I am excited to announce that we launched a major upgrade to our popular desktop search software, X1 Search 8. In addition to a new, very sleek interface (see screen shot below), and a faster and more scalable index, X1 Search 8 (X1S8) features two distinct game-changers.
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First, X1S8 comes with a built-in SharePoint connector. SharePoint is proliferating throughout the enterprise, and X1S8 provides an outstanding search experience of SharePoint, which we believe is a vast improvement over native SharePoint Search. All search results are displayed in a single sortable view with a full-fidelity preview pane, in the same view as your local files an emails. The feedback from many enterprises is that X1 now has the best search of SharePoint in the business.
The second game-changer is that X1 Search 8 is fully compatible with desktop virtualization. Finding content is difficult enough on a traditional desktop, but the issue is compounded with the virtualized variety. There are many compelling benefits to desktop virtualization, but the architecture does not facilitate or even enable traditional desktop search solutions. X1 Search 8 provides search capabilities across physical, virtual and cloud environments with results returned in a single pane. X1 was specifically architected to uniquely and seamlessly operate in virtual desktop environments, including popular Citrix solutions XenApp and XenDesktop.
Here is a 2 minute video demo overview and another demo video specific to our integrated SharePoint search support.
At just $49.95 per seat, X1 Search 8 is a time-saving, intuitive tool that saves enterprises time and money. For more information, visit www.x1.com.
Filed under Cloud Data, Enterprise eDiscovery, Virtualized Environment
Tagged as Citrix, desktop search, desktop virtualization, emails, Enterprise Search, files, SharePoint, X1, X1 Search 8, XenApp, XenDesktop