In an article on AP today, Anick Jesdanun gives his thoughts on Google’s Desktop for Mac searching utility. “Mac users have been blessed with an easy-to-use tool for searching deep inside documents, not just their file names. So it struck me as odd that Google Inc. would be offering similar software,” writes Jesdanun. “But after playing with Google Desktop for Mac, I’m partly sold. Desktop shares many characteristics with the Spotlight search tool that Apple Inc. ships for free with new Mac computers. In fact, Desktop works by borrowing many of Spotlight’s core components and settings, so tweaks you make to Spotlight will automatically update Desktop. But Desktop, a free download from Google’s Web site, goes further in letting you search Web pages you’ve visited and e-mail you’ve sent and received using Google’s Gmail service (You’re limited to one account, though). It also keeps previous versions of documents and those you’ve deleted — good or bad, depending on your vantage point.”