Are you disappointed that Windows 8 might not support Desktop Gadgets? Then you really won't like this news: Microsoft wants you to stop using them on Windows 7 and Vista, too. Immediately. That's not because of some deep-rooted hate for the visual helpers, but because of concerns that hackers could use new Gadget and Sidebar exploits to deep-root your PC.
What's all the hub-bub about? Microsoft isn't saying, but ComputerWorld notes that two researchers plan on disclosing "a number of interesting attack vectors" in a seminar entitled "We Have You By The Gadgets" at the Black Hat conference later this month. In fact, the Microsoft security advisory specifically thanks Mickey Shkatov and Toby Kohlenberg -- those very researchers -- "for working with us on Gadget vulnerabilities."