Google Desktop 5 Launches; New Gadgets and Changes

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Google DesktopI haven’t been too much of a fan of Google Desktop, I have to admit, but with its latest version 5 release it seems to be getting better and better. The latest Google Desktop features some newly designed widgets and various minor changes.

The official blog post of the announcement can be found here. Some of the new features include a Google Desktop Search preview function which lets you preview your results right in the browser, and much more weight added to the security of the overall tool. Also, I noticed a lot of the gadgets have been redesigned, including the Google Calendar one – a suitable version of which is really needed on the PC.

With the growing ‘widgetisation’ of everything, I have to admit I’m feeling a little overwhelmed on which to use. I have been using and love Yahoo! Widgets (Konfabulator), but at the same time I would like to try out Microsoft’s Gadgets in Vista, Apple’s Dashboard when or if I get a Mac, and of course, the latest Google Gadgets. The problem is, running all of them is not an option as they classify in the category of ‘RAM hogs,’ and that one’s widgets aren’t compatible with another. Of course, there are always the web-based options which make my case even more difficult.


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