Google Desktop Update

Friday, September 02, 2011 12:48 PM

In 2004, Google launched Google Desktop, a program designed to make it easy for users to search their own PCs for emails, files, music, photos, Web pages and more.

Desktop has been used by tens of millions of people and we’ve been humbled by its usage and great user feedback. However, over the past seven years we’ve also witnessed some big changes in how users store and access their own data, with many moving to web-based applications. There has been a significant shift from local to cloud-based storage and computing, as well as integration of Google Desktop functionality (like local search) into most modern operating systems. This is a positive development for users and we’re excited that most people now have instant access to their personal information. As such, we’ll be discontinuing support for Google Desktop, including all of the associated APIs, services, plugins and gadgets.

As of September 14, Google Desktop will no longer be available for download, and existing installations will not be updated to include new features or fixes.

Thanks again to all of our users. It’s been a fun journey.

Google Desktop now supports 64 bit Windows

Wednesday, July 08, 2009 4:48 PM

Last September we released Google Desktop version 5.8, which was lighter, faster and free of trans-fats. We also asked for any feedback, and users responded with "how about 64 bit support?" Well, as of today Google Desktop supports 64 bit Windows - go ahead, give it a try.

In addition to supporting 64 bit Windows systems, Google Desktop now supports the latest browsers as well (Google Chrome, Firefox 3, & Internet Explorer 8). Most browsers now integrate safe browsing solutions to protect users from malware and phishing. This is similar to what the Google Desktop Safebrowsing feature accomplishes.

To ensure that Google Desktop offers an efficient, optimal experience we will be removing the Safebrowsing feature on July 31. We encourage everyone to make sure they are upgrading to a browser that protects them from malware and phishing.

We hope you enjoy using Google Desktop on 64 bit Windows systems!

The Reader gadget

Tuesday, June 09, 2009 10:38 AM

Google Reader has finally come to Google Desktop, as announced on the Google Reader blog. This gadget is a convenient way to check your subscriptions and fits right in with the Gmail, Calendar, and Docs gadgets. Please give it a try and tell us what you think. And a big thanks to Arindam Sharma, who created this gadget during his internship at Google Bangalore.



Featured gadget: Task List and Timer

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 12:08 PM



Name: Task List and Timer
Author: Adam Hotz
Description: Allows you to track tasks and the time spent on them.

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Featured gadget: Periodic Table Interactive

Monday, April 20, 2009 1:38 PM



Name: Periodic Table Interactive
Author: Rosie Ojo
Description: Periodic table knowledge base of chemical elements, from hydrogen to ununoctium, with video demonstrations from internationally renowned chemist, Professor Martyn.

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Featured gadget: Tabbed Todo List

Monday, April 13, 2009 7:28 AM



Name: Tabbed Todo List
Author: Teodor Filimon
Description: Helps you organize your to-do tasks better by allowing you to put them into tabs/categories.

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Featured gadget: Resource Hog Tracker

Monday, April 06, 2009 9:28 PM



Name: Resource Hog Tracker
Author: Prithvi Prabhu
Description: Tracks processes that consume the most CPU cycles, memory and perform the most I/O operations on your computer.

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