Microsoft Reportedly Ending Support for Desktop Gadgets in Windows 8

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maxeeemum

M$ has to strip everything they can out of Windows 8 for battery life. Their "Surface" will have poor battery life no matter what they do compared to iPad and other tablets. Win8 is still Vista under the hood and there is no way around it. When I installed the Release Preview it took up over 15GB on my HD. That is why there are no 8 or 16GB models of "Surface".
I personally think it looks like M$ is just putting out W8 to scare XP users and businesses to upgrading to Win7 before it's unavailable and their stuck with a badly designed tablet interface called Win8. Just watch Windows 9 will come out in about a year after the W8 launch.

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maxeeemum

No! The Samsung Series 7 Slate w/Win7 had about 3 hours battery life. Win8 will improve that but not anywhere near the 9-10 hours iPads get. This tablet was what M$ gave out at the Developers Conference with Win8 installed.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/12/16/samsung-series-7-slate-pc-review/

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livebriand

Most people never used them in the first place, but they still have their uses. For instance, I have a CPU usage and a network monitor gadget on my desktop machine. Do they really feel that they haven't given me enough reasons to NOT buy Windows 8 yet? I'm sure that when Windows 9 comes out, they'll be forced to fix all these flaws and make a good OS again. Was Windows 7 just too successful for them?.

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TechGoudy

Well I for one think that this feature is a waste of space, but that is my opinion. I am positive others found great uses for it, but alas I can't say the same for me.

I do believe Windows 8 took these gadgets out for a reason, mainly because Windows Apps will do the same exact thing and they will be integrated into the OS itself.

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Strangelove_424

MS’s idea of an OS and my idea of an OS are growing farther and farther apart. As long as they can sustain an environment that a program can run in, they think their job is done. Forget about previewing files within Windows Explorer, or even having a strong media player. PDF and unzipping utilities should come with Windows, there’s no excuse for things like that anymore but instead they have gone the opposite direction and jettisoned even more. They do the absolute bare minimum, and as the days go by that bare minimum has gone from stark to downright non-existent. Now the virtual desktop – the concept behind the whole enchilada - is coming under attack by these creepy tablets, the computing equivalent to the Children of the Corn. 3rd party developers will pick up the slack for Microsoft’s denial of responsibility, but how much will it cost? And at what point does an operating system cease to be an operating system?

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gatorXXX

M$ has gotten' retarded.

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Sir Hobbes3

I'm not suprised by this considering Windows 8 is supposed to be designed for tablets and PCs alike.

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Eoraptor

So... either windows 8 gets a bit more schitzo, supporting but not supporting sidebar...

Or I lose my hardware temp gadget, my nice big battery meter, my weather gadget (cause the windows one doesn't beep or blink when there's a weather warning), and my moon phases.

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thesaltydalty

I don't see why many people will miss this. I've always thought the gadgets were ugly. There are better alternatives like rainmeter which you can find any gadget you need and there are so many themes for it so you can have it match any desktop.

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loozer

Windows gadgets are bloated, hog memory, and waste cpu. Even so, they work, they deliver information straight to me on a second display(unlike live tiles).

I don't want to have to have to find alternatives to all of my visually appealing, useful, and deeply customized desktop gadgets.

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Eoraptor

And that's something else M$ has basically taking a great big old dump on... support for secondary displays. I have heard very little positive, if at all, on how windohs 8 handles external monitors. virtually every power user i have met since 2002 has had at least 2, if not three monitors on any system that isn't mobile, and indeed, many that are are docked into desk setups with external monitors too.

but microsoft apparently thinks these people, like people watching Blueray and DVD, can just suck it, cause they are not as profitable as someone who's going to buy a $200 tablet with a $100 OS license.

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loozer

Looks like I'm not buying it then. I have more than one screen, meaning that when I'm not using all of them for work, I can ALWAYS see the gadgets on the desktop, and I don't need to open the start menu first.

Windows 8 has a lot of good improvements, but if microsoft keep taking away essential features(image backup, aeroglass, gadgets, etc.) I'm definitely not going to consider it.

Release preview had all the goods, and now microsoft is taking it all away.

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Raswan

I didn't know anyone included aeroglass as an "essential feature."

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loozer

Maybe it's not essential to you, but it doesn't hurt to have it.

It's essential to me because window borders are always visible, making aero glass more important than any of the small improvements in Win8.

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gmvolk

I've personally turned off aero on my laptop. I just did not like that visibility. But at least it's an *option*, some want it and some don't. This new stance by MS and Win 8 is well a few people don't like aero, or the start menu, or this or that, so we're going to turn it off for everyone! Give the user the choice and everyone is happy in the end. That is how you create the perfect OS.

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SPreston2001

Well just add this to the pile of reasons not to downgrade. Ive been running the Win8 developers preview for a few weeks on my laptop and I dont like it at all. I often find myself bumbling around looking for simple ordinary things and most of the time I just get frustrated and shut it down then fire up my Win7 desktop. I really cant believe M$ abandoned the Win7 formula after it had so much success. They went from having something that was just about perfect to redesigning everything and scrapping useful features!! This OS is going to SUCK!!!

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Blaze589

This seems way too excessive now. MS is doing away with a lot of things that make Windows practical for me. I was ok about many things but removing Aero put me on the fence and now gadgets. I use gadgets all of the time and have practical uses for what gadgets I do use. Win 8 isn't worth it. I dread the day when I need to build a new system and all I have to choose from is Win 8. On a tablet I wouldn't mind but not on my desktop machine forget it.

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livebriand

To be honest, even if you can only buy Windows 8, you can always torrent Windows 7. That's likely what I'll end up doing. (and Microsoft will be shooting themselves in the foot even more...)

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loozer

So many good things about windows 8. The release preview is almost perfect for me, and definitely better than win7

I love aero glass too much, and have to many gadgets to give them up. I definitely won't be upgrading now.

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gmvolk

I never liked the Windows gadgets, but I do use Rainmeter and can get weather,RSS, system info, etc, plus I can customize them to my way of thinking/working. They also don't seem as intrusive as the windows gadgets did. When I did try Windows gadgets, it seemed like half the time they did not work. Not a feature I would miss so long as Rainmeter still works.

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DoctorX

This is complete bullshit. There is not one metro app that gives me system stats. I use it to keep an eye on temps and activity.

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Mikey109105

Oh look, another glaringly obvious reason I will not support Windows 8! They had it all right with Windows 7, so why in the hell would they fudge it all up now because it's what Ballmer wants? Here's a list of reasons I won't support Windows 8. Not a long list but still a list.

1. No Aero. I happened to love this feature, its why I upgraded to 7. I could have lived without it, but you just keep making bad calls.

2. No Windows Media Center unless you pay extra for it as a downloadable upgrade. Though I rarely if ever use WMC (I prefer VLC media player, and have installed some codec packs to supplement it), I did like the idea of it. Now that they want to make it a paid download...yeah...no, sorry MS.

3. The crappy looking new Windows logo. They've used the one they have in 7 for decades. It defines Windows and quite possible Microsoft itself. to change it tells us that MS no longer gives a rats ass (like they did in the first place).
4. Cloud based OS. I don't exactly trust the cloud with any information on my PC, private or not, and so I refuse to support a cloud based OS.

5. No sidebar/gadgets. Another feature I love and use. Again, I could have lived without this in 8, but again this plus all the other bad calls MS has made...well, you get my point, I think.

6. No Start Button. Sorry, but this was a dealbreaker for me. I could have lived with the rest but this just crosses the line for me.

7. Metro UI. I have no problems with it on mobile devices and tablets, but I have to say that it looks like crap on Desktop PC's and MS should not have implemented it there. Plus, making the Desktop look like a barren wasteland just proves my point that MS doesn't give a flying frack about consumers.

And with that list, I shall end my ranting. There are poeple who don't agree with me and people who do. Say what you will, but I've made my opinions clear, I hope.

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Purity999

Well this sucks. I use CPU and HDD gadget and well as a Shutdown gadget so I have a one click shutdown/restart in Win8.

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GavinFarrington...

Same here. Those gadgets are amazing for monitoring system activity.

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John Pombrio

As do I. The shutdown/restart/log off gadget is terrific. So is the All CPU meter which shows CPU usage realtime along with memory. Finally, a nice little weather gadget that shows the temp, wind and humidity realtime.
I hope they don't go away.
I have other methods for the same thing (TrueLaunchBar) but I like my gadgets.

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sotoa

I haven't seen Win8, but it sounds like the Metro UI will have similar functionality to gadgets, but desktop mode is out of luck?

I don't get why the gadgets never took off. I happen to like them a lot and wish they supported them more. Such wasted potential. I like having weather widgets, RSS feed, and Market Tracker (which has been broken for a few months now). Look how good widgets are on androids yet MS doesn't see a need for them?
I would've liked better gadgets, but development has been so scarce. Would've been cool to have a calculator widget, an Evernote widget, a podcast widget, a google calendar widget, and stuff like that.

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Rift2

I like the Core usage meter written by that one guy it's a multicolored core usage meter.

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John Pombrio

Me too...

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Damnlogin

It is true that the Metro interface makes desktop widgets seem a bit redundant; however, you have to think about the people using the classic desktop mode. It really is funny how M$ could take a great step forward with something like Windows7, then right after snap a tibia and crash 2 steps back. Metro is awesome, and i can see it catching on, but using the classic windows interface would still be more beneficial for task that people that actually use their computers to work. Transparencies and Widgets make using the desktop appearance and functionality better...why not just make them optional extras?

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Refuge88

Shush!

Say it like that and it will go the way of the WMC and be something we pay extra for....

"This just in, Microsoft holds Widgets hostage! $24.99 will unlock the ability to use them, but they are still $.99 each after that!"

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