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Google upgrades and releases new stuff

Google has release the next version (still beta) of it's desktop search product. They've moved it substantially away from just being search and it's now called "Google Desktop".

The biggest difference is the "sidebar" which integrates your Google mail, web/desktop searching, web feeds, US weather and much more. I'm not so sure it works as it's quite cluttered but then again I only downloaded it last night.

They also released the Google Talk - IM/phone calls across the Internet. It's in direct competition with both Skype and Yahoo! Messenger with their USP ('unique selling point') being it uses standards and therefore communicates with any other client using the same standard ... we'll see. You do need a Google sign-on to use it - if you've a Gmail account you're sorted, if not then drop me a line and I'll send you an invite.