The New iGoogle 'Canvas view' - iGoogle 2.0

Google launched the canvas view feature to iGoogle users in the U.S., which’ll be rolloed out to international users in the near future. iGoogle 2.0 adds adds a canvas view (experimenting over a month) that allows gadgets to become full-fledged applications, brings a persistent Google Chat widget, and moves the tabs to the left as seen in the sandbox. This allows […]

Google launched the canvas view feature to iGoogle users in the U.S., which’ll be rolloed out to international users in the near future. iGoogle 2.0 adds adds a canvas view (experimenting over a month) that allows gadgets to become full-fledged applications, brings a persistent Google Chat widget, and moves the tabs to the left as seen in the sandbox. This allows users to jump from one canvas view to another with only one click. Going forward, we're working hard to graduate more functionality out of the sandbox and into production, such as OpenSocial.

“Canvas view allows developers to deliver richer content, games, and UI to users on iGoogle as well as the opportunity to monetize,” explains Google. Not all the gadgets take advantage of the canvas view, but this page highlights some canvas view gadgets that can be maximized and the list includes: Google Reader, Google Calendar, Gmail, weather, Wall Street Journal and regular feeds. For example, the new Gmail gadget lets you read your messages and send replies directly from iGoogle, but it lacks some features that would've made it a good replacement for the full-featured Gmail: links and attachments are stripped from messages. To start building a canvas view, check out our how to guide, which includes sample code for views, latency tips, and suggested design principles.

Tip: For those who don't have the new iGoogle (non-US), go to the settings page, change the language to English (US) and then go to this URL: http://www.google.com/ig/v2invite.

If you have the new version, but you prefer the previous interface, go to the settings page and select English (UK) from the list of languages. Please note that this is just a temporary fix, wrties Google System.