Up until now, users have been able to perform Internet searchers using Google’s famous search engine, or email searchers in Gmail, using Gmail’s search feature. Soon, that will change, according to an announcement by the company. In the near future, users will be able to search both using just Google Search; email searching will be automatically included. USA Today says Google will begin slowly, has become its custom, with an initial test of just one million of its nearly half billion Gmail users. The trick they add is that users have to have an Gmail account, and be logged into Google. The Associated Press via Fox News, in reporting on the story says Google will display the information from Gmail on a panel on the right sides of the screen so that users can better identify where it came from.
In its announcement Google says that it’s long term goal is to create a computer system as close as possible to the one seen in Star Trek, where the computer responds to voice requests and appears to know everything about everything. To that end, the company says, the more information the system has access to, the better results it can give. In response to user concerns about privacy, USA Today notes, the company plans to have an opt-in feature for all Gmail users, and those that don’t select it won’t have their Gmail accounts searched automatically. Also users can choose to have the answers displayed in a collapsible format, meaning that won’t be viewable unless a link is clicked. They also note that Google has remained vigilant in holding on to its lead in Internet search capabilities, continually rolling out new products, search options and even hardware devices. All dedicated, they say, to making sure that Google stays on top.
To those that suggest such a move will only increase accusations of monopolistic tendencies by the company, the AP says, that Google has offered other web based mail applications to take part in the search program as well, though that’s not likely to happen, and Google knows it. Those that it competes with in email are the same companies that are trying to take some of Google’s search users.
As has been the case with all new products and features from Google, the company will roll out the feature to all Gmail users only after it’s tested its product on a smaller group and then tweaked things based on user suggestions. Thus, it’s likely those that don’t go register for the test, won’t get the feature for at least a year.