I get asked a lot about widgets: what are they, what do I do with them?
I’m sure entire books are being written on the subject, but I’ve learned a lot in the process of working on Microsoft’s TechNet widget and thought I would share some of the basics in hopes of shedding some light on this relatively new medium. Essentially, widgets (sometimes called gadgets) are tiny applications that provide fast access to information. In these days of information overload, widgets provide easy access to up-to-the minute content we want, almost wherever we want it. Widgets can reside anywhere HTML is accepted: on your web page, intranet, or even on your mobile phone. They make delivering and receiving the most relevant information a snap and are rapidly improving how we work with information to get our job done.