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Opera to allow Instant custom Widget creation

In a bid to counteract the growing importance of Firefox Plug-ins and widgets like Yahoo’s Konfabulator, Opera Software has just unveiled Opera Widgetize!, a new free service that allows anyone, anywhere to create their own desktop widgets with just a few mouse clicks.

According to Wikipedia, a Widget is a small specialised desktop application that provides easy access to frequently used functions or provides some visual information.

Currently available for RSS and ATOM feeds, Opera Widgetize! lets anyone publish custom widgets for their blog or Web site so visitors can keep up to date with the latest posts and stories.

Opera Widgetize! also includes features for content producers - bloggers, news services, etc - to distribute the widget on their website.

Although it will work with any site that provides a feed, Opera Widgetize! has been optimized to work with some of the most popular social sites including Yahoo! 360, Blogger, LiveJournal, Xanga, MSN Spaces, Wordpress and Opera's own community site, My Opera.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.