Deep in my write-up on Yahoo’s desktop search plans earlier today, I recapped the status of desktop
search for the other players including AOL. An important point buried in there I should have broken out — AOL’s tool, bundled into its browser, is powered by the
Copernic tool. So I’m fixing that now :)
More details are in my original story. The partnership should be a key one to soon-to-be-Mamma.com-owned
Copernic, having a great product but until now lacking the distribution of the major
And a hat tip to reader John C, who alerted me to this back in November. He pointed me to a message board
post mentioning that the technology was going to be used. I’ve just
been so swamped that it took until today for me to finally download the AOL Browser and verify this for myself.
It’s surprising it’s not been mentioned before. It’s a public beta that any AOL user can enter, as explained in my
story. And any AOL user who clicked on the About menu for the desktop
search feature would have gotten this big window:
So — if it was a secret, it was poorly kept for ages. Very odd Copernic hasn’t mentioned it before themselves.
Postscript: Michael Bazeley at SiliconBeat has a quote from Copernic CEO David Burns suggesting that due diligence around the Mamma.com-Copernic acquisition
has prevented Copernic from talking about this.