Last chance to enter your gadget to win a trip to CA and a Dell XPS420!

Just a friendly reminder that the Gadget Development Contest for Windows SideShow entry period ends this coming Friday, July 18, at 11:59pm PDT, so be sure to get your entries finished and submitted before then!  We want to see what you can do! – Dan

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New gadgets from SideShow Jim!

The folks over at Ikanos Consulting have just released a Windows Live Messenger gadget for Windows SideShow!  Check out the announcement, as well as more SideShow-related posts over on the SideShow Jim blog.  I have a feeling this isn’t the last of them 🙂 – Dan

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Write a Gadget, Win Cool Stuff!

Now that we’ve released the Windows SideShow Managed API SDK and Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile Developer Preview, we figured we’d give you some incentive to stick the two together: a gadget contest!  Yes, you heard us right: free stuff for building the best gadget for Windows SideShow.  We’ve teamed up with NVIDIA to provide…

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Come visit us at TechEd: Developers in Orlando, FL!

Want to learn more about our new managed API, or just want to come see the latest and greatest Windows SideShow-enabled devices?  Or do you just want to see what new things we have coming?  Come visit the Windows SideShow team at TechEd: Developers (June 2 – 6, 2008) in Orlando, FL!  Go ahead and…


Don’t read English? No problem!

Windows SideShow is a technology used around the world (and, in fact, many of the cool SideShow-enabled devices on the market today are only available outside the US), but most gadgets we’ve written so far have been provided only in English.  Until now.  It gives me great pleasure to announce, on behalf of the entire Windows…


New book that covers gadget development using C# and VB.NET

Wrox has recently published a new book by Wei-Meng Lee called Professional Windows Vista Gadgets Programming.  The second half of the book is dedicated to Windows SideShow development using the Windows SideShow .NET Framework Components (beta) release–a.k.a our managed API.  The book is a great introduction to Windows SideShow as well as gadget development, covering…

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IntelliSense for SCF in Visual Studio

Our friend Daniel Moth has written a great article explaining how to get the XML schema for Simple Content Format (SCF) working with Visual Studio’s IntelliSense feature.  For those of you who are generating the actual SCF XML yourself, this is a very cool feature that will make it much easier to generate content without…

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Device Simulator version 1.3.3.0 released

A new version of the Device Simulator for Windows SideShow is available for download on the Microsoft Download Center site!  This is a new, standalone package which includes version 1.3.3.0 of the Windows SideShow firmware based on the .NET Micro Framework.  The standalone package contains everything you need to run the simulator, so you no…

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Writing a SideShow-enabled Sidebar gadget

Did you know that you can write a single gadget that works on both Windows Sidebar and Windows SideShow-enabled devices?  It’s unfortunate that we don’t publicize this technology as much as we should, and so that’s what I want to share with you today.  Writing a combined gadget, as we call them, requires about 110% of…


i-mate Debugging Tool for Windows SideShow

Curious about exactly what type of data gadgets for Windows SideShow send to devices?  Want to know how the Simple Content Format translates into something you can see on a device?  Our partners at i-mate have put together a great little tool to show you all the behind-the-scenes content provided by gadgets.  They can even…