Riding on newsweek statement that 2007 will be the year of Widgets, Yahoo! is relaunching its previously named Yahoo Widget Engine with a faster, lighter, and sleeker 4.0 version. Yahoo! Widgets is now ready for download with a barrage of new and exciting features such as:
- Widget Dock – a Google Desktop like feature which lets Widget users organized their favorite widgets better. It even shows mini-widgets that displays information snippets of whatever information the particular widget has,
- Updates and Widget Discover – Automatically updates widgets for newer version and easier and faster way of getting new widgets, instead of going to the widget gallery.
- Improved user experience – simplified interface, hidden or minimized widget running on desktop.
- Improved performance – Reduced memory consumption when installing and running Yahoo! Widgets by 40%.
- Powerful Flickr widget – Displays Flickr photos, drag-and-drop selection for uploading
- Developer Features – For Widgets developers’ to create their own widgets, the task becomes easier with online docs, canvas support, SQL-lite support, submenus, among other nifty tools that widget developers can use.
If you are a heavy user of widgets, Yahoo! Widgets would bring your experience to a higher level. If widgets is not your thing, better pass off with this one, as it may slow down your browsing experience despite its “lite” features.