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Copernic debuts desktop search tool

If navigating the desktop is the next frontier in search, there's now one more explorer.

If navigating the desktop is the next frontier in search, there's now one more explorer. Copernic, a software company based in Boston, launched a desktop search tool Tuesday that lets people retrieve e-mail, Word documents, images, music and Web pages from a central location on the PC. Called Copernic Desktop Search, or CDS, the software can be downloaded for free by consumers. "It's a full-blown search engine for the PC," said David Burns, Copernic CEO.

Copernic is more widely known for its downloadable Web browsing software, which harnesses multiple search engines to find relevant Web pages. Burns said CDS will generate revenue in partnership with Overture Services, whose ads appear adjacent to Web search results on AlltheWeb.com, the go-to Internet search engine of CDS. The launch is timely because Microsoft, Yahoo and others are developing desktop search applications. Google also is testing an application that lets people navigate the Web from a constant point on the PC.