Popular Microsoft Widgets for Windows 7, Vista, and XP
The following three are some of the most popular Microsoft Widgets (based on the number of downloads from Windows Gallery). Just see how they ease things for you. For example, the HP Widget helps you print pictures without having to use third party software for setting up print area and orientation manually.
HP Photo Print Gadget with Smart Crop v2.0
Designed for Windows Vista and Windows 7, this smart Gadget from HP allows you to print any image just by dragging into the widget. The widget automatically determines the orientation of the image and its dimensions. Finally, it removes the white space on the corner to give you borderless pictures. The HP Smart technology makes sure that your image's heading is not cropped while removing the extra space on borders. It can be used on any printer and is not restricted to HP printers only. You can change settings to manual on the widget itself. The best place to keep the HP Photo Print Gadget is your desktop so that you can print even downloaded pictures.
Fantasy Baseball: The Microsoft Widget offers breaking news and updates on your favorite game. The widget is powered by FOXsports.com. One of the most downloaded Microsoft Widgets from the MS Live Gallery, this widget not only offers news and updates but also images of your favorite players, their bio, and other related stats. You can create a custom roaster for up to 25 players so that you get updates on these players. The Fantasy Baseball Widget also offers baseball tips and tricks to help you learn the game.
Ebay Auction Sidebar: If bidding and winning is your fantasy, this Microsoft Gadget is just for you. Created by Intelligroup for Microsoft users, this MS Widget is a popular mini application that helps you bid without opening the eBay website. The eBay Auction Sidebar is certified from eBay International so you can use it without any legal hassles - from any corner of the world. It automatically detects your area and accordingly directs you to the corresponding eBay website. For instance, if you are using it from India, your bids and auctions are directed to eBay India by default.
To further enhance the ease of use and to make auctions easy, the eBay Auction Sidebar is color coded so you know the bids you won. It also has an Alert feature that notifies you about anything that needs attention.
These are just some out of the many Microsoft Widgets for your desktop. You can have widgets for weather, stock, dictionary, Hotmail, Live services, and more. For a detailed catalogue, visit the Microsoft Gallery.
To sum up, Microsoft Widgets extend or offer new functionalities to your computer or your homepage. You can either use readymade Microsoft Gadgets or create one yourself to share it with others through the Microsoft Gallery.