As you might have guessed from the GNOME 2.26 release notes there where no big improvements for Deskbar-Applet during the last release cycle. In addition, most items on the roadmap for 2.26 remained unresolved.
Sebastian Pölsterl (sebp) has nearly been the only active developer for the last two release cycles and the time he spend working on Deskbar-Applet was decreasing steadily. Therefore, he is now searching for someone who is willing to take over maintainership and who brings new energy to the project.
If you are interested or want to know more please send an e-mail to the deskbar-applet mailing list.