Can't wait to see stable Magento 1.4 . One of the news I am so looking forward are widgets.
What are these you ask?
Widgets allow you to add informational and marketing content on your site easily in administrator panel. For example you will be able to insert links to products, links to categories or links to cms pages, add CMS Blocks, add new, recently compared, recently viewed product lists - and all this in nice and simple way directly in backoffice. You will not need any programming knowledge to add dynamic content on your store pages.
Widgets can be inserted directly on CMS pages:
All you need to do is choose widget type...
...and see it on your CMS page.
Or you can put widgets on other (not Cms) pages for example cart, product or category page. For that choose from top admin menu CMS > Widgets and click "Add New Widget Instance" button.
Choose the one you want and click continue button. Then you can to specify where widget will be displayed by creating layout updates:
That is it, your widgets are exactly where you need them.