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Images: Vista Sidebar

Sidebar's "gadgets" are similar in concept to Apple's widget idea in the Dashboard feature of Mac OS X and in the Yahoo Widget Engine.
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Sidebar

Windows Vista includes a "Sidebar" feature where users can view photos, RSS feeds or small applications called gadgets.

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widgets

Yahoo built its Widget Engine on top of Konfabulator, which offers users easy access to small programs called "widgets."

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Dashboard

The Dashboard feature of Mac OS X Tiger offers Apple users one-key access to a variety of little programs, known as "widgets."

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