You can pick up the new release of Google Desktop at the link above. Personally, I think it's just more of the same. So many of the Google technologies just seem to be so much about nothing. Where are the amazing productivity gains? Where are the new business categories created by the existance of their technology. AJAX is certainly interesting, but I'd hardly call it a disruptive technology. Macromedia has been all over the RIA space for years and Microsoft is hot on their heels.
The latest desktop search reminds me of the Netscape Desktop. A thinly veiled attempt to try to grab a little more eyeball time from the user and to bury a little more of Microsoft beneath the application shell. Good luck.
The fact that all of this indexing of my computer is going on behind the scenes, as well as my browsing habits being watched just gives me the jibblies. I know that Google's motto is "Don't be evil", it just seems like they are collecting so much information that if they ever did turn to the dark side, it would be bad news for the lot of us.
I remember how horrible it was to watch the Netscape browser get tortured and twisted into a hollow shell of it's former self with the sole purpose of its existance to deliver advertising to its users. It's still amazing to me that Mozilla and Firefox were able to survive that whole ordeal.
So, Google, how about a polished, supported desktop linux? or free broadband to everyone in the country. Now that would be interesting. What else are you gonna do with the additional $14billion you plan on raising?