Yahoo! gets into the Gadget game

By Harrison Hoffman | Posted February 6, 2007 4 comments

Gadgets, one of my favorite Vista features, allow you to customize your Sidebar and desktop with anything from search boxes to a variety of system tools and games.  Microsoft Gadgets, much like Apple’s Dashboard widgets, can be developed by anyone, thus allowing for a wide range of customization.

Let the games begin. Now, Yahoo! has officially released their sleek “Yahoo! Search Gadget” for Windows Vista.  They employed the help of interface design company The Skins Factory to develop it for them. 

That being said, where is the official Live Search Gadget?  Yahoo! has you guys beat on your own technology right now and they look good doing it!  I was sure that an official one would have been available for the launch, so I’m hoping that it’s not far behind.  Maybe our own Donavon West wants to take a good crack at it, especially after the success of his Vista Countdown Gadget (which was, by the way, featured in Bill Gates’ CES keynote). 

I think that it’s going to be very interesting to see what different people, websites, and companies do with the Gadget platform over the next few years since it has some incredible potential.  Let’s hope this is only the beginning.

Download the Gadget here

Posted February 6th, 2007 at 3:55 am
  • http://www.nbdev.co.uk/Blogs Nick

    Yahoo are doing soo much better with vista that live. I mean, yahoo’s new vista messenger uses .net 3.0, where’s WLM?? stuck with a ok looking interface for XP, but totally lacking for vista. and now this? hehe, live are really falling behind the times

  • LosHavros

    Exactly, Yahoo’s messenger for Vista preview show’s some amazing translucency effects. Microsoft’s plans? They’ve been awfully silent…

  • http://alijahgreen.spaces.live.com alijahg34

    This gadget at the gallery is better than yahoos, it gives you a search window of live search

    http://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=79957f4e-9a92-4138-8b71-55a6eab79b70&l=1

  • http://www.falk-egg.com levi3man

    it reminds of the windows media player gadget with that animation…again done by the skins factory. when is that coming out. and this is the 1st gadget to use animation like that. yahoo are doing well!