Google just introduced the ability to add Widget in your starting page. The first widget are not very numerous (see the directory ) but I guess it will increase rapidly. The “date and time” widget seems very similar, in terms of look and feel (and functionalities) to a Konfabulator widget.
May be somebody in Google read my previous posts about writing Konfabulator widgets and write something in a couple of days!
Also, I would like to mention this interesting view from C.Enrique Ortiz: Google – The Best Thing That Has Happened to Yahoo! I totally share this view, and it’s a very positive proof of the utility of competition (and of course, this comment can be extended to Microsoft, hopefully).