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The Windows Sidebar is a panel for Desktop Gadgets that is anchored to the side of the Windows Vista desktop. Image File history File links Windows_Sidebar_logo. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 128 KB)Windows Sidebar runs on the desktop with desktop gadgets docked. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 128 KB)Windows Sidebar runs on the desktop with desktop gadgets docked. ... Image File history File links Sidebar_Gadgets_RTM.png‎ Sidebar Gadget in Windows Vista This is a screenshot of copyrighted computer software for Microsoft Windows, and copyright for it is most likely held by the author(s) or the company that created the software. ... Image File history File links Sidebar_Gadgets_RTM.png‎ Sidebar Gadget in Windows Vista This is a screenshot of copyrighted computer software for Microsoft Windows, and copyright for it is most likely held by the author(s) or the company that created the software. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Microsoft gadgets. ... Windows Vista is a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, Tablet PCs, and media centers. ... The IT (information technology) term desktop may refer to: The area behind the windows in the desktop metaphor of computer user interfaces Desktop environment or software that provides a comprehensive computer user interface Desktop computer - An independent personal computer, as opposed to other forms of PCs, such as a mobile...

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Overview

The Sidebar contains mini-applications or Gadgets which may be used to display information such as the system time, Internet-powered features such as RSS feeds, and to control external applications such as Windows Media Player. Desktop Gadgets can also run on the Windows desktop, separate from the Sidebar. Microsoft Gadgets are light-weight single-purpose applications that can sit on the users computer desktop, or are hosted on a web page. ... A pocket watch, a device used to tell time Look up time in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For RSS feeds from Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Syndication. ... A computer program is a collection of instructions that describe a task, or set of tasks, to be carried out by a computer. ... Windows Media Player (WMP) is a digital media player and media library application developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video and viewing images on personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system, as well as on Pocket PC and Windows Mobile-based devices. ...


Windows Vista includes eleven Sidebar gadgets: Calendar, Clock, Contacts, CPU Meter, Currency conversion, RSS Feed Headlines, Notes, Picture Puzzle, Slide Show, Stocks, and Weather. Of these, the Clock, Slide Show and Feed Headlines are displayed by default on a new installation of Windows Vista. Microsoft provides a link to a web site called Windows Live Gallery where additional Sidebar gadgets may be downloaded. Windows Live Gallery homepage, containing links to the latest downloads Windows Live Gallery is a part of Microsofts Windows Live range of services. ...


Some reviewers and Macintosh enthusiasts have been quick to point out the Sidebar's similarities in form and function to Apple's Dashboard, as well as Yahoo! Widget Engine (formerly Konfabulator). While there are a number of similarities in form and function, the Sidebar itself has been present for much of the development of Windows Vista (known for much of that time as "Longhorn"). The first known build to include this feature was built in September 2002, before the release of either Konfabulator or Dashboard. The Macintosh 128K, the first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac Mac (formerly Macintosh) is a range of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Inc. ... Apple Inc. ... Dashboard is an application for Apples Mac OS X v10. ... Yahoo! Widgets running under Windows XP with Heads Up enabled. ... Development of Windows Vista occurred over the span of five and a half years, starting in earnest in May 2001,[1] prior to the release of Microsofts Windows XP operating system, and continuing until November 2006. ...


Sidebar itself originated in a Microsoft Research project called Sideshow, which was not directly related to the official, Windows SideShow auxiliary display feature in Windows Vista. It was developed in the summer of 2000, and was used internally at Microsoft.[1] It had many similarities to current desktop gadget software, including a clock, traffic reports, and IM integration. Microsoft Research (MSR) is a division of Microsoft created in 1991 for researching various computer science topics and issues. ... Windows SideShow is a new technology in Windows Vista that enables Windows PCs to drive a variety of auxiliary display devices connected to the main PC. These devices can be separate from or integrated into the main PC (e. ...


Interestingly, Sidebar was originally designed to replace the notification area or Quick Launch bar in Windows, but these plans were scrapped after the Longhorn "reset" in mid-2004. In computing, the taskbar is a term for the application desktop bar which is used to launch and monitor applications in Microsoft Windows 95 and later operating systems. ...


References

  1. ^ A Brief History of Windows Sidebar. Microsoft (September 15, 2005). Retrieved on 2007-06-03.

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See also

Microsoft Gadgets are light-weight single-purpose applications that can sit on the users computer desktop, or are hosted on a web page. ... Windows SideShow is a new technology in Windows Vista that enables Windows PCs to drive a variety of auxiliary display devices connected to the main PC. These devices can be separate from or integrated into the main PC (e. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Windows Live. ... Google Desktops logo Google Desktop is Googles version of the desktop search that runs locally on a Windows XP or Windows 2000 SP3+ PC. The desktop search program allows full text search of all of ones e-mail, computer files, music, photos, chat, and Web pages that... Dashboard is an application for Apples Mac OS X v10. ... Windows Vista is the latest release of Microsoft Windows, a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, Tablet PCs, and media centers. ...

External links

  • Microsoft Gadgets Gallery (New repository)
  • Microsoft Gadgets
  • Microsoft's Windows Vista page about the Windows Sidebar
  • Gadget Corner — official Windows Sidebar and Microsoft Gadgets team blog
  • MSDN Windows Sidebar Reference
  • Sideshow: Providing Peripheral Awareness of Important Information
  • VistaSidebar — Gadget news, reviews and downloads!

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Gadget Corner : Sidebar Security (1796 words)
The Windows Sidebar is a new Windows Vista component that provides a runtime for "gadgets." Gadgets are mini-applications designed to present the user with information or utilities.
The Sidebar team is completely committed to making Vista the most secure version of Windows ever, and that includes the security and trustworthiness of gadgets.
In the version of the Sidebar included with Windows Vista, gadgets are developed using the capabilities of the Microsoft HTML engine, including HTML markup, script, images and many other capabilities.
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