With the public release of Apollo, yourminis has announced that they'll be incorporating Apollo into their growing widget platform. I've been playing with the version on limited basis for a couple of weeks and I'm impressed. The new widget manager for Apollo allows you to take any widget on the site and run it as a desktop widget with Apollo. Just like the other widgets, you can customize and modify the widget to fit your needs before adding it to your desktop.
By using Apollo, yourminis now can compete with almost any other widget platform out there. They continue to build out the web property and the social aspects to their site make finding good widgets and public pages easy. They've built a community around widgets and now those widgets go beyond the flash based website and jump onto the desktop for those users that want their widgets to show.
There are some interesting implications behind the new found reach of yourminis. For instance it might be possible to synchronize individual widgets between the web and the desktop. Imagine having a notepad widget that resides on your desktop and blog that you could update either place and have the changes show. That's the kind of thing that makes Apollo so powerful; it blends the desktop and the web resulting in what is essentially the universal desktop. Even though Apollo is in alpha, yourminis has shown what's possible and started planning for an expanded platform.