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Notes on technology, business, enterpreneurship, economy, markets along with interesting general tidbits.

Google chipping its way into the desktop

8/21/2005 11:16:00 PM, posted by anand

The latest to come from Google is this sidebar thing in their newly released Desktop Search 2.0. This sidebar thing occupies the desktop screen from top to bottom showing various things like News, web clips, podcasts, email etc. This desktop dashboard widget does have the beginnings of a browser. It pretty much all the stuff using a standard browser technology. How much time before google adds (or someone hacks up a way to add) an address bar to it, so that it can display your favorite site?

Currently the sidebar ships with the following plugins for email, news, weather, photos, stocks quotes, rss/atom feeds, scratch pad, quick view (recently viewed documents?). Heck, this version also has Outlook integration so as to make your email searchable.

They even have an SDK for developers so that they could develop their own plugins for desktop search. Check out some nifty user submitted plugins here.

Google seems to be pretty serious to stake some claim to the desktop real estate. Is this the beginning of taking away the desktop from Microsoft?

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8/22/2005 8:48 PM, comment by Blogger Manish

No shit, dude! This freakin thing rocks! I am falling short of words, and time too!    

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