Another interesting smart client technology being discussed at MIX06 is gadgets.  Gadgets are written in HTML and javascript, technologies familiar to web developers.  They can be hosted as part of the live.com portal.  From a smart client perspective, however, they can also be hosted on the Windows Sidebar. 

Because they are on the desktop, Windows Sidebar gadgets are available while the user is working on other applications.  In addition, Windows Sidebar gadgets can be more interactive and have access to offline resources.

For information on developing Sidebar gadgets, see the following:

-Marc and David

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