“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: http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/dashboard/ Oops, sorry: http://microsoftgadgets.com/
MacDailyNews Take: To those who wish to scream “Konfabulator,” we present you “Apple Mac Desk Accessories” circa 1984.
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Yes, but dashboard is from Konfabulator so MDN shouldn’t get cocky on this particular news.
we all know that M$ is a shallow, pathetic coproration. thanks to today’s announcements most of the world will now realize that.
I personally think that they’ve shot themselves in the foot…
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MDN Editor – Are you retarded
Seems like most of Microsoft’s R&D time is spent at Apple.com
Go visit the MS Gadget site and leave (public) comments to the “team” on just how innovative they are:
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…
How lame is this getting…..? it really seems like Apple is the development company for Microsoft. It must suck to work there.. as they truly are shamless.
And Konfabulator is an idea borrowed from Desk Accessories in the classic Mac OS. Hey, let’s have this argument again and again!
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?
What has happened before, most likely will happen again…
That would be really unny if it weren’t so pathetic. They could do a whole Daily Show With Jon Stewart on this crap…
I also like the sidebar, which is Microsoft’s name for a dock.
Microsoft should name it “Windows OS X” rather than Vista.
“Wonder how a cool idea goes from incubation to release?”
Microsoft can incubate all their rotten ideas from here to kingdom come… they’re still not going to hatch!
Didn’t you know that Micro$oftopoly invented everything? They even filed a patent on double clicking a mouse.
Shocking isn’t it? What an in[competent]ovative company MS is. I’m in awe aren’t you ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />
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.
a widget…i mean gadget?? for your Trash? I mean recycle bin…how lame! how is that more useful then a trash, i mean recycle bin icon?????