Google Desktop has quickly moved itself out of Beta and is now available for everyone to download. Once you have gotten it installed it will begin indexing your computer when it is idle. Make sure to stop by the Google Gadgets/Plug-ins page to add some things to your sidebar or to your desktop.
Google also released the Desktop Gadget Designer and that is also available to download. Before you go and get all excited you may want to prepare for disappointment. The whole concept of having the Gadget Designer is great but it lacks some tremendous functionality. One major thing I noticed right away was that there are no right-click menus available which slows down the development process. There are definitely some common commands that they could have placed in the context menu.
They are also putting their money where their mouth is. Google has started a contest and wants you to develop your best Google Desktop Gadget! Here are the details on the contest:
The contest runs until July 31st, 2006 and, while supplies last, each developer who submits an approved gadget will receive a limited edition Google Desktop Developer T-shirt and have their gadget shown to millions of Google Desktop users around the world. A panel of judges will also award three prizes based on popularity, visual appeal, use of new features and creativity. We’ll award $5,000 to the first place winner, $2,000 for second place, and $1,000 for third place.
So are you going to do it? Hey, if you can’t get one of the big prizes hopefully you will receive a limited edition T-shirt! :D