Thursday, October 10, 2013

Good bye, iGoogle!

Many people used to have iGoogle as their primary homepage. If you are one of them, you got already onscreen notification that the iGoogle services will be gone after November 1, 2013.

All of your personal data stored in other Google products, will continue to be available via those products, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Finance, Google Drive, Google Bookmarks, and Google Tasks.

However, if you want to keep the same visual appearance and the same functional widgets as you had before, you will have to look for iGoogle alternatives.

Following a brief search, while filling customer request, I identified igHome as the descent alternative. No, igHome is not a perfect solution, but it's a pretty reasonable basic replacement for iGoogle. It allows you to add your feeds in a variety of custom tabs to suit your needs and has a bunch of ready-to-go widgets in a variety of categories. It also includes pre-configured links to Google services, such as Gmail, Calendar, YouTube, Maps and Search.

If you need basic interface and functionality, and simplicity of operations, igHome should bring a good solution to you.

igHome operates well for desktop, laptop and tablet devices and a mobile version is in beta testing.

igHome can be accessed using the following link for Desktop, Laptop, or Tablet: The link provided is a secured link. After accessing igHome, to register or login, click on the prominent blue "Sign in to Personalize" button at top right. A popup dialog box will appear. Follow the instructions to register or login. After login, igHome will redirect you to its unsecured version. Like iGoogle, many igHome gadgets are actually hosted at sites other than igHome and the nature of their content should not require delivery using a secured link. After login, you can switch to the secured link if you prefer. A good way to do that is to add the secured link to igHome's black bar. But, recognize you may not be able to access many of igHome's gadgets in secured mode.

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