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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?
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>>52518384
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>>52518384
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.
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Vista gadgets and Calendar were pretty good. I kinda want to use them in other systems.
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>>52518384
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.
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>>52518384
>gadgets
>an ecosystem of developers
Holy shit are you grasping at straws.
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>>52518758
>MS Shill

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'.
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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
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i use this thing. works fine under win10.

http://www.howtogeek.com/178869/how-to-add-gadgets-back-to-windows-8.1/
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>>52519248
Honestly what's the point of a weather widget when you have a weather tile?
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>>52518571
It's pretty similar to ActiveDesktop.
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i like gadgets.
i really dont use them anymore.
but addgadgets.com + AIDA64's gadget + some russian weather gadget was great
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>>52520999
active desktop should have been developed further. i feel like there was a lot potential that was missed out on.

could have replaced/customized icons, start menu, etc.
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I don't remember any of the widgets available being useful like ever.
Not even in OS X (I have a MBP and a PC), widgets belong on phones
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Rainmeter exists.
/thread
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>>52521047
Is that your desktop gadgets ? Win or Linux?
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>>52518571
>Konfabulator
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.
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>>52521412
windows
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>>52521566
Are the pictured gadgets same as mentioned in post text?
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>>52521660
yes.
1st 3 are from addgadget website
4th is from AIDA64
5th is from weathercenter.narod2.ru
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Apps are barely a thing these days anyways. The app fad is pretty much over.

The most popular ones are messenger and some shitty games. That's about it.
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>>52518384
I remember Gadgets.

NO ONE USED THEM.

EVER.
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>>52518887
>Have you clicked the context menu on Windows 7 and clicked 'gadgets'?
No.
Literally never.
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>>52518384
It was a pretty useless feature anyway. I always disabled it on my Win 7 computers through GPO.
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