Missed it by that [.] much

To some I realize that this will reveal that I’ve been under a rock, but only last night did I get serious about my own look into Lookout and X1 as desktop search technologies. I was all set to download Lookout and give it a spin in my Outlook client; however, today Lookout announced that they have been acquired by Microsoft. Consequently, further downloads of the current version of Lookout software have been disabled–see their FAQ for why. Both X1 and Lookout are popular with the Microsoft crowd. It would be interesting to know why Lookout was chosen over X1 as the team/technology/customer base to acquire. How will this affect IdeaLab, the maker of X1? Mary Jo Foley (Microsoft Watch) asks some good questions too about this move by MSN.