Yahoo builds its desktop with widgets

Yahoo builds its desktop with widgets

Summary: I am a fan of widgets--simple, small, pleasantly graphical desktop applications that do everything from control the sound on your system and display time around the world to feed headlines and give the weather. Konfabulator started out doing cool widgets for the Mac (it also does Windows now), and then Apple decided it was a good idea and did itself for the Tiger release of the Mac OS.

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I am a fan of widgets--simple, small, pleasantly graphical desktop applications that do everything from control the sound on your system and display time around the world to feed headlines and give the weather. Konfabulator started out doing cool widgets for the Mac (it also does Windows now), and then Apple decided it was a good idea and did itself for the Tiger release of the Mac OS. Konfabulator's founders cried foul, and complained that Apple should have at least worked with them or bought them out. Now, Konfabulator has its revenge. Yahoo's acquistion today of Konfabulator will put its Javascript widget engine in front of hundreds of millions of Yahoo users and entice thousands of developers to create widgets for the Yahoo platform. 

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  • Konfab/Apple

    Konfab and Apple widgets are two totally different things. Apple's
    are standard dhtml, javascript, css whereas Konfab requires it's
    own dev environment. I can create/change an Apple widget, I can't
    with Konfab. And, Apple had something similar for a long time,
    Desk Accessories. The Konfab boys raised a stick over nothing,
    Apple didn't copy them.
    Glad to see them make some money though :-)
    PXLated
    • Do these auto-download and auto-install like Apple widgets?

      Apple made it so easy that their widgets will automatically download and install when a user visits a website. How convenient!

      They've "fixed" that now by prompting the users if they want to download the widget, but they still don't warn the users that the widget will automatically install without any kind of user prompt.
      george_ou
      • RE: Do these auto-download and auto-install like Apple widgets?

        That was changed in 10.4.2. It not only asks if you want to
        download a widget. It asks if you want to install it, as well. It is not
        without user intervention. A ZDnet contributor should have known
        this.
        crash89
        • Not two months ago

          Two months ago, I remember reading that they patched it to ask you if you want to DL it but didn't bother to ask if you want to install it. I guess they must have patched this again recently. It's a pretty dumb thing to do if you ask anyone.
          george_ou
          • It's pretty much all a two-step process now.

            Anything downloaded that has an executable file attachment now
            has to be verified. Not just widgets -anything. The implementation
            of this is pretty good, if you ask me. A good trade-off between
            security (which is still high) and ease-of-use.
            crash89
  • Revenge is sweet

    Good to know they got their payday.
    veronica.combs9