Gadget security guide

Check out Michael Howard’s and Dave Ross’ nice article on how to write a more secure gadget at


Swiss gadget development competition

Our friends in Switzerland are hosting a gadget development competition. Here are some highlights: What is the Swiss Gadget Competition about? Contestants develop their own Windows Live or Vista Sidebar Gadget to become the Swiss Gadget Champion 2007. They will not only compete with Swiss developers, but their gadget will also be presented to the…


Pre-configuration of Sidebar Gadgets using unattend.xml

We’ve heard from several OEMs who are having trouble pre-configuring Sidebar gadgets using the Sidebar unattend settings. We will explain in more detail how these settings work. First, the Sidebar unattend settings are overrides for the default gadget settings. To determine what the default Sidebar gadget settings are, you can examine the “%programfiles%\Windows Sidebar\settings.ini” file….


Windows Live gadgets for Sidebar

Windows Live released two gadgets that really showcase some Windows Live services, as well as being terrific examples of how to give users quick access to lots of data in a Sidebar gadget. Live Search Gadget – download   Live Search Traffic Gadget – download Definitely head over to the Windows Live Gallery and check…


Tips for writing Sidebar gadgets with SideShow functionality

Here’s a few tips for developers writing Sidebar gadgets that interact with Sideshow (the Windows Vista support for auxiliary displays): Early versions of the Sidebar/Sideshow documentation incorrectly refers to the enabled method as a property. The following code snippet demonstrates how to determine in your gadget whether Sideshow is available using the enabled method: var…


Embedded ActiveX objects and x64

Really, this post is about Flash. But it will probably apply to quite a few other ActiveX objects out there, too, so use it liberally! Unfortunately, Adobe Flash does not support the x64 processor architecture. The basic upshot of this is that you can’t view Flash content in a Sidebar Gadget if your machine has…