Netvibes looks set to take the lead in the – Highest number of widgets available on you personalized start page – race.
In a statement made by Pierre Chappaz, co CEO at Netvibes, during the Web2 summit in San Fransisco – Netvibes say they are going to integrate the use of Google gadgets, of which there are 1,531 (although it can be discussed as to whether or not some of these qualify as widgets & not just RSS feeds)
Add those to the 391 already available and Netvibes are furlongs ahead of Microsoft’s Live.com with 442 to date. Then there’s the likes of Pageflakes with 120 widgets available, but then again Pageflakes are more community based and maybe less interested in a widget arms race. Afterall how many widgets do you need on your start page?
Netvibes like Pageflakes is a European venture, created by frenchman Tariq Krim, its been online for a year now and has over 7 million users, up 2 million since september. Half of those using Netvibes are in the USA.