I talked about this to Ian the other day: is the Vista Sidebar system really good or not? Of course there’s no simple answer to this, but I had some thoughts and they’re not all positive. First, let me say that I really like the whole gadget idea. Somehow I was always a fan of that kind of thing – Linux was always strong in this regard, and I used to do a lot of work on Linux. The original announcement about the Vista Sidebar had me rather enthusiastic about it, and the great looks it promised to have were also appreciated. I do use the Sidebar today, and as far as it goes, I really like it. So what’s the problem? Several things about the implementation:
In the end I still like the Sidebar for what it does. It’s just a real pity it doesn’t go a whole lot further… it would have been great to have a good platform for a unified plugin architecture, but I guess it won’t be long until 3rd party vendors will start creating their own again due to the problems in the standard Sidebar. And there goes – with some probability – the standard plugin architecture…
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