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Windows Vista Sidebar gadgets are a great way to add value by addressing targeted and focused user scenarios. Think souped-up system tray - always-on applications typically used for monitoring something that often drives, based on notification, to a broader range of related scenarios. The nice thing about Sidebar is that it gives you more space and freedom to work with in designing your notification-based applications; rather than being limited to an icon and toast pop-ups, you can take advantage of resident UI space. Out-of-the-box Sidebar gadgets include an analog clock, image rotator, calculator, RSS feed rotator, and a few more. You can go to gallery.live.com to start taking advantage of the gadgets that others are sharing with the world. Figure 1 and Figure 2 show samples of what the gadgets look like in Windows Vista. This article isn't intended to be the bibl... (more)