Microsoft debuts Dashboard Widgets, er, ‘Microsoft Gadgets’

“Have you ever wondered how new technologies get developed in Microsoft? Wonder how a cool idea goes from incubation to release? Well, we’re excited to announce that we’ve started a blog designed to bring you closer to the process with the Gadgets blog and we’re kicking it off at the PDC,” Microsoft’s “Microsoft Gadgets” website reads.

MacDailyNews Take: No, we never wondered how new technologies get developed or how a cool idea goes from incubation to release at Microsoft. We even know the address from whence such cool ideas and technologies come: 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014.

Microsoft’s “Microsoft Gadgets” page also reads, “What are Gadgets? Gadgets are a new category of mini-application designed to provide information, useful lookup, or enhance an application or service on your Windows PC or the Web.”

MacDailyNews Take: Gee, thanks for the explanation. Gadgets are Widgets, but the name was already taken, so Microsoft just copied the idea and introduced unnecessary complexity and usability issues, as usual.

“Gadgets come in three flavors,” Microsoft says.

MacDailyNews Take: Flavors? Now where have we heard that before? Oh, yes, from Apple. One of Microsoft’s “flavors” is “Gadgets for Windows Sidebar.” You know, like “Widgets for Mac OS X Dashboard.” Simple, huh?

Anyway, Microsoft’s so “super-excited” about the “cool idea” they’ve been “incubating,” that they want people to start start building their own. More info: Oops, sorry:

MacDailyNews Take: To those who wish to scream “Konfabulator,” we present you “Apple Mac Desk Accessories” circa 1984.

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  1. Realise what Steve? that MDN is the worst site EVER? or that Microsoft Invented Widgets and Gadgets…LOL

    Knowone carez about CrApple besides the Tools living here at Microsoft Daily News.

    And thew truth is, Everyone WILL think that MS innovated the product…Sad but true…

  2. Tonight’s little joke! Hahaha!

    But – is it anyone out there willing to bet against me when I predict that in the future there will be PC-users who will claim that Apple has copied Windows?

    Thought not.

    What has happened before, most likely will happen again…

  3. A few yrs. back I had possession of a 128k mac. System 4.ish.
    It amazed me:
    On boot it asked if I wanted AppleTalk active?
    And I could open and use all the DA’s on the disk at the same time…8 in all.

    Call it Vista beta-20.

    Far Out!

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