Sean Alexander

Thoughts are actions in rehearsal

Since Microsoft’s opened it’s doors to the world last Tuesday as a beta, they’ve already shipped updates including improved Firefox support, and the # of Web Gadgets has grown to nearly 50 from a broad (and growing) range of ISVs and enthusiasts.

One thing that struck me is that more people should see the demos shown at the I watched them w/in MS’s corpnet this weekend and had a big “aha” moment. Lots of conversation about how is Web 2.0-enabled Microsoft. It’s a start (no pun intended for fans of More importantly, I think what you see today is the equivalent of a whiteboard and a set of tools- dry erase markers, magnets, and some high tech wizardry to project what you want onto the whiteboard. But you still have to start by putting what you want up on the board. I think this is what is tripping some folks up. IMO it isn’t a pre-programmed experience. It’s worth 5 minutes setting up my homepage the way I want, and 20 minutes saved a day by getting just the info I’m interested in.

Speaking of those newfangled Gadgets, a few of my favorites:

  • Windows Live Favorites – all my favorites, syncd from MSN and IE.
  • Expedia.comIt’s a good start at a good looking gadget.
  • Seattle Bus Tracker – I’m one of those jerks who drives his own car (hey, it’s a Prius at least) but I have lots of friends who like this mashed-up gadget showing overlay of bus positions on Virtual Earth.
  • GetFireFox CounterThis is the beauty of It’s your content, from wherever. As the developer of this gadget says, “Can’t we all just get along?”.
  • Stock Portfolio TrackerGood for tracking your diversified portfolio, however I look forward to seeing this from a brand-name firm w/ analysis.
  • Gadget Player – Embeds Windows Media Player right into your site. Not I just need to wire this up to my voicemail and I have my voicemail system on my live homepage. (We get vmail via email at Microsoft).
  • Pac-Man – All work and no play makes Sean a dull boy. The classic Pac-Man (Space Invaders, Tetris, Sudoku, and Simon) are all now available as of today. See, adding Flash-based elements are easy too.

Installing Gadgets will get much easier. Developing will continue to become more robust. Like ActiveX, Gadgets are a powerful feature for enthusiasts and developers today and have the potential to go mainstream in the future.

What Gadgets would you like to see for Windows Live?

3 thoughts on “47+ Windows Live Gadgets and counting.

  1. Thomas Hawk says:

    What am I missing here? What good is a Firefox counter if doesn’t work with Firefox?

  2. have you tried Firefox on since friday? It works for me (but they’re being cautious and saying it doesn’t)

  3. Jeff says:

    So ah… where *are* the demos on I’m still trying to grasp how this is anything more than what offers (or….)

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