The AltaVista search engine, which has become familiar to users of the Web, is now available for use on PCs. The adaptation, called the AltaVista Search My Computer Private Extension, can be loaded on a PC to search files stored on a PC. The software, which is available for the Windows95 and NT operating systems, automatically builds a full-word index of all hypertext markup language documents and more than 140 file types. Applications supported include Microsoft Office, Corel WordPerfect, Lotus Notes, and Claris FileMaker.
A demonstration copy of the software can be downloaded from
Digital, Lycos, InfoSeek Corporation, and several other search engine vendors are aggressively pursuing the sale of the products for use within organizations. Networks which utilize jthese search engines are already being dubbed "intranets."