Google Desktop v2 beta adds a sidebar

It’s like a Yahoo! or MSN messenger that doesn’t suck.

Google Desktop (v2 beta) was released today and includes this fantastic sidebar that provides plug-in functionality such as gmail viewing, stock quotes, weather, photos, and more.

It’s similar, at least in intent if not form factor, to the widgets functionality of OS X Tiger, with developer-created plugins to provide unique functions, such as a ToDo list and an iTunes controller (finally!).

It even auto-adds RSS feeds from commonly viewed pages, although I have no idea how it knew to add the RSS feed from Ideoverse–I don’t believe I have ever visited that page from this PC.


Google Big Brother is watching…

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