Microsoft killed off gadgets, a feature of Vista and 7 that had been prominently displayed in their ads, with no fanfare and no apologies. Now they've created 'Apps' in Windows 8 and 10. How long until they abandon these ecosystems and developers too?
Gadgets was a one of Microsofts many me-too wannabe efforts that was a rip off of OSX's Widgets, which was a rip off of Konfabulator, which was a rip off of the original Mac OS' Desk Accessories. (Someone want to trace it back further?)
Even OSX has since regulated Widgets to being a part of the notifications screen.
Gadgets were not a bad idea but really didn't add all that much to the experience and opened themselves up to security risks.
The tiles are a lot better compromise in all honesty.
Have you clicked the context menu on Windows 7 and clicked 'gadgets'? Previously it brought up the gadget marketplace. Now it takes you to essentially a 404 page on microsoft.com saying you 'gadgets are a security hole so fuck you'.
Notes/Calander were very useful although I'm sure there's better alternatives out there and I can live without them.
Remember the windows 7 and Vista theme packs for windows xp that also added those gadgets using rainmeter? die in a fire. those were bad times
Honestly what's the point of a weather widget when you have a weather tile?
i like gadgets.
i really dont use them anymore.
but addgadgets.com + AIDA64's gadget + some russian weather gadget was great
Holy shit, someone on /g/ remembers Konfabulator.
It's kinda sad that both Kaleidoscope and Konfabulator went the way of the dodo... especially Kaleidoscope. I wonder what Arlo and Greg are up to these days.