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Friday, October 29, 2004, 04:00 pm PT (07:00 pm ET)

Google plans desktop search tool for Mac OS X

Mac OS X users will soon gain access to Google's desktop search tool.

Google Inc. plans to release a version of its desktop search tool for computers running on the Mac OS X operating system, Google chief executive Eric Schmidt said on Friday. The announcement was made at the University of California-Los Angeles during a conference commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Internet.

Schmidt would not provide a timetable for a Mac version of Google Desktop, explaining that the software must be rebuilt from the ground up due to fundamental differences between the Mac OS and Windows.

"We intend to do it," Schmidt said.

Google released a Windows version of the desktop tool earlier this month, striving for an early lead in the personal information retrieval market.

Shares of Google closed at 190.64 on Friday after flirting with the $200 mark earlier in day trading.