On Wednesday, Google has released Google Desktop 2 which came out of beta now and according to Google we will get some significant improvements with v2 like new sidebar panels, more plug-in development options and better support for enterprise installations.
If you like maps on Google Local, Google also added a "Personalized Maps" panel. As you browse the web, this panel will display maps information related to the pages you're visiting, it can show you interesting places around the world or you can directly navigate to your favorite spots. In addition, the sidebar panels collection is growing all the time.
Finally, it's now easier to use Google Desktop at home and at work: we've tested the Enterprise version in a number of medium and large businesses to verify the administration, integration and security features that are important within business environments.
As all Google tools, also Google Desktop 2 is available free of charge from Google.
Cheers ~ Arne