Google has announced its Sidebar. A replacement for ordinary Windows search and intended to be an alternative interface to the web, Sidebar strikes directly at the heart of Microsoft.
Microsoft has a sidebar in the next version of Windows (Longhorn/Vista). While there have been freeware apps which do similar things for Windows, this is the first effort by a large company to duplicate the Vista Sidebar.
The Sidebar can accept “widgets”, search for mail, files and visited webpages and also contains a scratchpad.
The most important feature, however, is inspired by Mac OS X Spotlight. As all you mac junkies will know, Spotlight searches not only files, it also searches applications and system preferences. So if you search for Word in Spotlight, it will show Microsoft Word as a search result. Windows folks,trust me, once you get used to this feature, you cannot do without it.
Needless to say, Sidebar incorporates this feature. No more clicking on Start menu guys…So go ahead and try it out!