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Lookeen Desktop Search
Lookeen logo advanced search.jpg
Lookeen logo advanced search
Lookeen Desktop Search Results.png
Lookeen Desktop Search Results - Screenshot
Developer(s) Axonic Informationssysteme GmbH
Stable release / 16 Nov 2015
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Available in English, German
Type Desktop Search, E-Mail Search
Website www.lookeen.com

Lookeen is an enterprise search and desktop search product released in 2008 by Axonic Informationssysteme GmbH.


Lookeen was developed in 2007[1] as an email search tool replacement for Lookout,[2][3] which left the market when it was purchased by Microsoft.[4] Lookeen enables users to search for files on their local drives, Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange Server files, and any connected network drives from standard or virtual desktops.[5]

Lookeen won the About.com Reader’s Choice award for Best Outlook Add-In in 2010[6] and 2011,[7] and has been reviewed by PCMagazine,[8] The Atlantic,[9] Inc Magazine,[10] PCWorld,[11] and Ghacks,[12] among others[13][14][15] Lookeen was also one of 29 productivity apps recommended in an article on TechCrunch in September 2015.[16]

How it works[edit]

Lookeen is built upon the open source software, Lucene. The index framework builds an inverted index to allow fast full text searches within indexed content. Lookeen uses Microsoft add-in technology to integrate a search bar and ribbon into the Outlook client.

Development status[edit]

Axonic launched enterprise search capabilities in 2012 with Lookeen Server, a Microsoft server-based index which can deliver search results to multiple desktop clients. A free version, Lookeen Free, was released in 2015.[17]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ha, Anthony. "Lookeen offers a new way for Outlook users to search". venturebeat.com. Retrieved 18 August 2008. 
  2. ^ Prom, Christopher J (2011). Preserving E-Mail (PDF). United Kingdom: Digital Preservation Coalition,. p. 28. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Scerri, Simon (2010). Supporting Email-based Collaborative Work across a Social Semantic Space. (PDF) (Dissertation ed.). National University of Ireland Galway. pp. 70–71. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "MSN Announces Investment in Search Technology". news.microsoft.com. 2004. Retrieved 5 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Madden, Brian (2015). "What do you do for desktop search in VDI and RDSH?". brianmadden.com. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Tschabitscher, Heinz (2010). "The Best in Email 2010 - The Reader's Choice Awards - Best Outlook Add-On 2010". about.com. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Tschabitscher, Heinz (2011). "The Best in Email - The 2011 Reader's Choice Awards - Best Outlook Add-On 2011". about.com. 
  8. ^ Stone, M. David (18 August 2015). "Lookeen Desktop Search". pcmag.com. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Fallows, James (2008). "Nerds only: new Outlook indexer "Lookeen"". TheAtlantic.com. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Underwood, Ryan (2008). "Technology Tools: E-mail's Little Helpers". inc.com. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  11. ^ Spector, Lincoln (5 January 2011). "Lookeen Searches Outlook Contacts, E-mail, and Appointments". pcworld.com. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  12. ^ Brinkmann, Martin (2014). "The best free Desktop Search Programs for Windows". ghacks.net. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  13. ^ Arnold, Stephen E. (2015). "Lookeen Desktop Search: Exclusive Interview Reveals Lucene as a Personal Search Solution". arnoldit.com. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  14. ^ Khanse, Anand (4 May 2015). "Lookeen Free Review: Fast alternative to Windows Search". thewindowsclub.com. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  15. ^ Schifreen, Rob (6 August 2015). "Index And Search Your PC With Simplicity". techsupportalert.com. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  16. ^ Ebert, Eric (14 September 2015). "29 Productivity Apps To Help You Rule The Office". techcrunch.com. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  17. ^ "Axonic releases Lookeen Free - a desktop search tool for Windows®" (PDF). lookeen.com. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  18. ^ Stone, M. David (18 August 2015). "X1 Search". pcmag.com. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 

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