New service brings swanky widgets on your Microsoft® Windows 7 desktop
A software manufacturer wants to do for Windows 7 what Apple did for iPhone with the App Store, which is to bring the widget experience to your desktop. SweetLabs, Inc. has launched this service which goes by the name of Pokki. The selling point is simple and straightforward: All your favorite web services accessible right from your desktop with notifications being pushed in real time.
These widgets which allow you to access various services are called ‘Pokkies’, currently there are Pokkies available for Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, eBay, and the Wall Street Journal amongst others. All the Pokkies that you install can be accessed through the ‘quicklaunch’ bar on your Windows 7 desktop. Notifications are displayed with the help of small numbers on top of the icons so that you can, at a glance, find out how many updates you’ve got and on which network.
It’s actually quite a great idea in all aspects when you think about it. You can say goodbye to the endless number of tabs and clutter that comes with accessing everything via the browser.Â With the Gmail Pokki, you can read, reply and manage your e-mails through a pop-up window. Similarly, the Facebook Pokki lets you read your news stream, update your status, and comment on any update. The install of various Pokkies is a simple one-click operation, which means no running around to the Control Panel any time that you want to add or remove one of them.
As of now, Pokki is available only for Windows 7 with versions for Windows Vista, Windows XP coming out soon and a version for Mac slated for release soon. If you’re using Windows 7, there is not one good reason why should not check out Pokki right now.