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Yahoo Desktop Search goes prime time

Program, which allows users to easily search many kinds of files at once, will compete with products from Google and MSN.

update Yahoo is set to push its Desktop Search program into general availability on Wednesday.

Yahoo Desktop Search includes a new feature called LiveWords, which allows people to highlight text within documents and click a button to search the Web for those words. The free program searches e-mails, attachments, Word documents, music files, images, video, Yahoo address book entries and Yahoo Messenger archives. Yahoo Desktop Search, released in beta in January, competes with similar products from Google and MSN.