Saturday, May 20, 2006
Google Desktop: Ready for primetime?
Google released the latest version of Google Desktop last week. I embraced the opportunity to try it again.
- The Google Gadgets on the desktop almost evoke a Konfabulator/Yahoo Widget Engine feel. Not quite as elegant, less of them.
- The self-learning news and RSS feeds feature in the Sidebar is simply awe-inspiring. Imagine a personal assistant that watches what you do, learns what you like, and constantly fetches the latest for you.
- Google search on your desktop? Emails, docs, etc.? Say no more.
- SLOW. In the indexing, it takes a good few days to get done.
- It is not as elegant as it claims to not interfere with your daily work; it should ONLY index in the background, without excessive CPU load. Instead, it can spike my CPU to 100%, and leave me waiting for up to a minute to read an email, etc.
- Not enough Gadgets to really compete. I'd like to see them take their homepage gadgets and extend them to the desktop.
Jury's still out...
Posted by Joshua Tretakoff at Saturday, May 20, 2006