Yet another release from the prolific folks over at Google, Google Desktop 2. The screenshot alone makes it pretty compelling to download and try out. The new version offers personalization, a sidebar that floats in your desktop and contains numerous plug-ins that each provide up to date info on your Gmail e-mail, news, weather, stocks and RSS feeds. The sidebar also contains a notepad-type application and a quick search box. You can also reduce the sidebar down to a small box that sits in your Windows taskbar or it can float as well.
We won’t try to cover the wide range of features in the new Desktop app, as it’s quite a list. If you use Outlook, you may be happy to learn that there is a Dekstop plug-in that works from within Outlook. If you are a developer, you may be interested to know that there is an SDK to help you build plug-ins for it. There are already quite a few plug-ins available for free from Google’s site.