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  • Blog Post: Last chance to enter your gadget to win a trip to CA and a Dell XPS420!

    Just a friendly reminder that the Gadget Development Contest for Windows SideShow entry period ends this coming Friday, July 18, at 11:59pm PDT, so be sure to get your entries finished and submitted before then! We want to see what you can do! - Dan
  • Blog Post: New gadgets from SideShow Jim!

    The folks over at Ikanos Consulting have just released a Windows Live Messenger gadget for Windows SideShow! Check out the announcement, as well as more SideShow-related posts over on the SideShow Jim blog . I have a feeling this isn't the last of them :) - Dan
  • Blog Post: Write a Gadget, Win Cool Stuff!

    Now that we've released the Windows SideShow Managed API SDK and Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile Developer Preview , we figured we'd give you some incentive to stick the two together: a gadget contest ! Yes, you heard us right: free stuff for building the best gadget for Windows SideShow. We've teamed...
  • Blog Post: Come visit us at TechEd: Developers in Orlando, FL!

    Want to learn more about our new managed API, or just want to come see the latest and greatest Windows SideShow-enabled devices? Or do you just want to see what new things we have coming? Come visit the Windows SideShow team at TechEd: Developers (June 2 - 6, 2008) in Orlando, FL! Go ahead and add these...
  • Blog Post: Don't read English? No problem!

    Windows SideShow is a technology used around the world (and, in fact, many of the cool SideShow-enabled devices on the market today are only available outside the US), but most gadgets we've written so far have been provided only in English. Until now. It gives me great pleasure to announce, on behalf...
  • Blog Post: New book that covers gadget development using C# and VB.NET

    Wrox has recently published a new book by Wei-Meng Lee called Professional Windows Vista Gadgets Programming . The second half of the book is dedicated to Windows SideShow development using the Windows SideShow .NET Framework Components (beta) release--a.k.a our managed API. The book is a great introduction...
  • Blog Post: IntelliSense for SCF in Visual Studio

    Our friend Daniel Moth has written a great article explaining how to get the XML schema for Simple Content Format (SCF) working with Visual Studio's IntelliSense feature. For those of you who are generating the actual SCF XML yourself, this is a very cool feature that will make it much easier to generate...
  • Blog Post: Device Simulator version 1.3.3.0 released

    A new version of the Device Simulator for Windows SideShow is available for download on the Microsoft Download Center site! This is a new, standalone package which includes version 1.3.3.0 of the Windows SideShow firmware based on the .NET Micro Framework. The standalone package contains everything you...
  • Blog Post: Writing a SideShow-enabled Sidebar gadget

    Did you know that you can write a single gadget that works on both Windows Sidebar and Windows SideShow -enabled devices? It's unfortunate that we don't publicize this technology as much as we should, and so that's what I want to share with you today. Writing a combined gadget, as we call them, requires...
  • Blog Post: i-mate Debugging Tool for Windows SideShow

    Curious about exactly what type of data gadgets for Windows SideShow send to devices? Want to know how the Simple Content Format translates into something you can see on a device? Our partners at i-mate have put together a great little tool to show you all the behind-the-scenes content provided by gadgets...
  • Blog Post: Feed Viewer beta now available on the Gallery

    It's been a while since I've posted, but I promise you it was worth the wait :) We've finally got a public beta of our RSS Feed Viewer gadget up on the Windows Live Gallery ! This gadget will allow you to view your subscribed RSS feeds (from IE) on your Windows SideShow-enabled device. Here's a direct...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: Building gadgets in C#

    If you're considering writing a gadget for Windows SideShow in C#, but don't know where to start, I recommend checking out Daniel Moth's screencast Writing Gadgets in C# . Daniel's been a great advocate for us over in the UK, and I encourage you to watch this video if you want to learn how to get started...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Windows SideShow .NET Framework Components Beta...

    Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, and SideShow fans from around the world: I am pleased--no, thrilled!--to announce that the beta version of the Windows SideShow .NET Framework Components 1.0 (aka the managed API) is now LIVE . That's right, folks, it's here. I know it has been a long wait for many...
  • Blog Post: View MSDN Webcast on Windows SideShow gadgets

    You can register to view the recorded MSDN Webcast on writing gadgets for Windows SideShow. If you have not done this before, you will need to register for the webcasts - a pretty straightforward process. MSDN Architecture Webcast: Using Windows SideShow (Level 200) Start Time: Wednesday, April...
  • Blog Post: Article in CoDe Maganzine

    I had a chance to chat with Markus Egger from the CoDe Magazine on where our platform currently is and where we'd like to see it going. He wrote a great article Unveiling Windows SideShow that descirbes the Windows SideShow platform covering some potential gadgets and a sample from our presentation at...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2005 Session

    The Windows SideShow team had a session at PDC, where we discussed how to build gadgets for Windows SideShow (formerly called Auxiliary Displays). Dan walked through the code for a conference schedule application in C++ that demonstrated how to extend an existing application to show data on Windows SideShow...
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