Software Widget - Types - Desktop Widgets

Desktop Widgets

Desktop widgets (commonly just called widgets) are interactive virtual tools that provide single-purpose services such as showing the user the latest news, the current weather, the time, a calendar, a dictionary, a map program, a calculator, desktop notes, photo viewers, or even a language translator, among other things. Examples of widget engines include:

  • Dashboard widgets of Apple Macintosh
  • Microsoft gadgets in Windows Vista, Windows 7, and in the Windows Live system
  • Plasmoids are widgets in Plasma, the workspace for the KDE desktop environment.
  • Portlets in Google Desktop
  • Yahoo! Widgets
  • gdesklets, adesklets, and Screenlets in Linux
  • Opera Widgets on all platforms (desktop, mobile TVs, gaming consoles) using the Opera browser's rendering engine.
  • Homescreen widgets in Maemo
  • Homescreen widgets in Android

Originally, desk accessories were developed to provide a small degree of multitasking, but when real multitasking OSes became available, these were replaced by normal applications.

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