Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur
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Major overhaul on iGoogle

Those of you who (like me) had written off the personalized iGoogle homepage, because the boxy widget layout didn't provide enough room for things to be useful, may want to take another look.

They've just done a serious revamp of the look and feel, and at first glance I suspect they've finally gotten it right. Instead of having separate pages, each of which contains a bunch of side-by-side widgets, they've switched over to a master/detail view. On the left is a list of all your gadgets, leaving the bulk of the page to act as a big canvas, showing the gadget you've selected. The result is that gadgets are now naturally nearly-full-screen, so you can really use things like Gmail and Google Reader in iGoogle.

Very nice change, and enough to make me seriously consider it. I've avoided iGoogle despite the fact that I use most of their tools, because the iGoogle view of those tools was so bloody useless. But the new style instead focuses on being a desktop for them (as well as for many other gadgets), and that may be convenient enough to be worth seriously considering...
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