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The first Geekzone Windows Live Gadget (Beta)

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 26-Mar-2006 12:59

Darryl Burling, Microsoft Developer Evangelist/Developer Advisor here in Wellington (read his Geekzone Blog, Darryl Burling MSDN Blog) and ex-Microsoft MVP Mobile Devices, has written the first Geekzone Microsoft Gadget.

Microsoft Gadgets are a feature being introduced with Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows Live.

This Microsoft Gadget shows the last users (with link and post count) who created new posts in our Geekzone Blog:



This is just an example Darryl has created to show me (and a couple of Microsoft NZ clients) how this thing works. This is using the Live.com website as the host, but it could also be used directly on the Microsoft Windows Vista sidebar, like these examples below:


All very nice, but:

1. I want Microsoft Gadgets to live freely in my desktop, like Yahoo! Widgets (which is just a rebranded Konfabulator) and not require a website;
2. When Microsoft Gadgets are living freely in my desktop, I want them to work on Windows XP, not only Windows Vista.

An idea of Microsoft Gadget I'd like to see implemented is one that would retrieve the list of Geekzone Forums (we already have this in XML), and show a drop down list to the user to select a forum, and then retrieving the latest posts for this select forum (we already have the RSS feed for all Geekzone Forums). Does anyone want to write it?

This would be so cool if the Microsoft Gadgets could live in the desktop...

I know of a couple of other things that are nice, but can't say much because of my NDA with Microsoft. But those two changes would make me happy.


Other related posts:
Windows 8 Mail app not hyperlinking emails
Are we seeing the death of Windows RT?
Windows 8 Consumer Preview






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