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Template:Infobox Software Lookeen is a business search add-on for Microsoft Outlook, produced under shareware license. The program uses Apache's search engine Lucene and helps searching for files, emails, contacts, attachements as well as desktop elements on personal computers as well as in large Terminal Server or Citrix environments.[1]


Lookeen is an add-on for Microsoft Outlook. The shareware program is developed according to the Microsoft company recommendation on the add-ons design. After installation the program automatically integrates into Microsoft Outlook workspace. After the indexing process, Lookeen easily allows to search whole Outlook archives and the My Documents folder.[2] In contrast to the Microsoft Outlook native search engine, Lookeen indexes the complete folder structure. Whereas the native Outlook search only allows searches within the presently used and active folder, Lookeen searches in complete Outlook archives for needed information.

Supported mailbox storages

Lookeen supports the following types of mail accounts: POP3, IMAP, HTTP and Microsoft Exchange Server. Both uncached and cached exchange server modes are supported.

Supported filetypes

The following filetypes can be indexed and searched for with Lookeen (in alphabetical order]: .bmp, .doc, .docx, .gif, .htm, .html, .jpeg, .jpg, .msg, .pdf, .php, .png, .pps, .ppsx, .ppt, .pptx, .rtf, .txt, .tif, .tiff, .xls, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xml.

Central indexing

Lookeen 8 supports central indexing of shared resources (e.g. network files, public exchange folders). This shared index is created once and integrated by the clients via its URL. Goal is to reduce network- and server-traffic and reduce the index storage cost for local indexes.[3]

Enterprise Roll-Out Support

Lookeen 8 supports Group Policies for advanced software distributions in companies. Many options (e.g. index location, settings location, included sources, index intervals, license keys, etc.) can be defined by the administrator. That enables enterprises to use Lookeen in large Terminal Server or Citrix environments.[4]


Structure and Design of the first version strongly resembled the e-mail search software Lookout as developed by the Silicon Valley Startup Lookout Software LCC. In 2004, Microsoft bought Lookout for allegedly 6 Million US-Dollars in order to integrate the search technology into its Windows Desktop Search.[5] Lookout continued being available as Freeware, but was not compatible anymore with Microsoft Outlook with the Release of Microsoft Windows Vista in January 2007. In 2007, the German IT company Axonic Informationssysteme GmbH started working on a follow-up software for Lookout and finally released Lookeen in January 2008 as a professional solution for file and e-mail searches.[6] Within eight months, Lookeen was then sold in more than 40 countries.

Lookeen Server Enterprise Search

In Juli 2011, a corresponding enterprise search version has been released. The Lookeen Server supports global indexing functions taking privacy and data security concerns into account by totally centralizing control options.[7]

See also


  1. Lookeen 2010. Editor Review on about.com. Retrieved on August 22, 2014.
  2. Lookeen. Editor Review on pcworld.com. Retrieved on August 22, 2014.
  3. Excellent Outlook Search Tool – Lookeen. Editor Review on Techmynd.com. Retrieved on August 22, 2014.
  4. Lookeen 8 accelerates Outlook E-Mail-Search. Official Press Release on ITwire.com. Retrieved on August 22, 2014.
  5. MSN Announces Investment in Search Technology. Press Release on Microsoft.com. Retrieved on August 12, 2014.
  6. Company history of the creators of Lookeen. Official company registry entry on unternehmens.wikia.com. Retrieved on August 22, 2014.
  7. Overview: Lookeen Server. From lookeen-server.com. Retrieved on August 20, 2014.

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