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Google Desktop 2.0 Beta

Tallying The Tools
The default Google Sidebar setup includes nine different sections, all of which can be mixed and matched depending on your needs:

  • At the top is the Email tool, where you can set up email notification from Gmail or your default e-mail application (although the latter has to be running).

    Google Desktop's Sidebar

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  • The News tool, according to Google, customizes content based on tracking your reading habits. My experience bore this out -- I found a good selection of headlines from Reuters, CNN, and a number of other high-profile news outlets.
  • Web Clips is the tool for RSS and Atom feeds; just enter your favorite feed URLs, and you're off to the races.
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