Microsoft Vistas Sidebar

 
 
By eweek  |  Posted 2012-05-28
 
 
 

Microsoft Vistas Sidebar

In order to add gadgets, Vistas Sidebar sent us off to microsoftgadgets.com. It appeared, however, that we could only add gadgets to Live.com sites.

Microsoft Vistas Sidebar

Microsoft Vistas Sidebar - Launcher

Vistas Sidebar includes a cool-looking launcher application that duplicates the functionality of the tried and true quick launch tool bar.

Microsoft Vistas Sidebar - Launcher

Microsoft Vistas Sidebar - RSS reader

Vistas Sidebar RSS reader linked in to the feeds to which we subscribed through Internet Explorer 7--we were only able to choose one feed at a time, however.

Microsoft Vistas Sidebar - RSS reader

Microsoft Vistas Sidebar - Recycle Bin

We could choose among four different recycle bin images.

Microsoft Vistas Sidebar - Recycle Bin

Microsoft Vistas Sidebar - Sidebar blends

Courtesy of Vistas compositing desktop, the Sidebar bled smoothly into our desktop background.

Microsoft Vistas Sidebar - Sidebar blends

Microsoft Vistas Sidebar - Slide Show

The slide show gadget appeared promising, but we were disappointed that we couldnt resize the gadget in order to better view the revolving pictures.

Microsoft Vistas Sidebar - Slide Show

Microsoft Vistas Sidebar - World Clock

Vistas world clock, which appears in build 5308 in more or less the same form that we first saw it, over two years ago, at PDC 2003, functions as a world clock.

Microsoft Vistas Sidebar - World Clock

Microsoft Vistas Sidebar - Mac Widget Browser

With so many widgets already available for Apple OS Xs competing Widget feature, wed like to see Microsoft get to work interoperating with the Macs widgets.

Microsoft Vistas Sidebar - Mac Widget Browser

Microsoft Vistas Sidebar - Mac Widget desktop

We like the way that OS Xs widgets can spread out across the desktop, and then be spirited off into the background

Microsoft Vistas Sidebar - Mac Widget desktop

Microsoft Vistas Sidebar - gDesklets (Linux)

gDesklets, an application that runs on most Linux and Unix desktops, also boasts a large number of available applets. (gdesklets.org)

Microsoft Vistas Sidebar - gDesklets (Linux)

Microsoft Vistas Sidebar - CPU gDesklet (Linux)

Were particularly fond of the system-monitoring applets that run with gDesklets.

Microsoft Vistas Sidebar - CPU gDesklet (Linux)

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