Google Desktop 2 Launched, Big Improvements

For those of you curious about the possibility (and rumors) of an eventual Google browser the latest incarnation of Desktop 2 is another step in that direction. Besides the desktop search features previous versions provided, it now includes a sidebar. The sidebar displays news (via RSS feeds) which apparently (I’ve not tried it yet) learns what news is of most interest to you by which sites you go to (which have RSS feeds) and automagically includes that news. Also from the sidecar you can launch Windows applications, get weather, stock quotes, and do nearly anything that developers can think of via plugins. See screenshot and Download at Google.

Personally I use Copernic’s free Desktop Search which I preferred to Google first version, but I’ll need to give Google’s Desktop 2 a try.

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