Lookeen Desktop Search
Lookeen logo advanced search.jpg
Lookeen Desktop Search Results - Screenshot
Lookeen Desktop Search Results - Screenshot
Developer(s)Axonic Informationssysteme GmbH
Stable release / 16 November 2015; 3 years ago (2015-11-16)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
Available inEnglish, German
TypeDesktop search, enterprise search

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] Lookeen was also mentioned as a 3rd party search utility by The New York Times in December 2016.[17]

How it works

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

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.[18]


See also


  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. ^ Biersdorfer, J.D. (2016). "Shining Light on a Windows 10 Search". NYT.com. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  18. ^ "Axonic releases Lookeen Free - a desktop search tool for Windows®" (PDF). lookeen.com. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  19. ^ Stone, M. David (18 August 2015). "X1 Search". pcmag.com. Retrieved 19 August 2015.

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