Trillian Astra is going to be the next generation of desktop chat client that will drastically change the appearance and features that are included in the Trillian software package. From what we’ve seen so far, Trillian Astra’s interface looks pretty amazing and it is packed with so many features that it would take awhile if you tried to go through them all.
Unfortunately Trillian Astra is still in a private testing stage where you have to be invited to try out the software. About once a week they release a new test build for testers to try out, and the latest version includes a new widget manager.
I haven’t had a chance to play with the new widget system myself, but are there any real differences between widget systems? After all, widgets are already offered with the following operating systems and software:
- Windows Vista
- Mac OS X
- Opera Browser
- Firefox Browser (with extension)
- Google Desktop
- Yahoo! Widget Engine
Now that isn’t an exclusive list of applications that provide widgets, but those were all the ones that popped into my mind. Is the software world ready for yet another way to use widgets on the PC? Personally, I think it is quite unnecessary unless there is some great widget that they make available that can’t be found anywhere else, but the chances of that happening probably aren’t that good.
So what do you think? Is this widget madness going too far?