earlier information about Microsoft's plans to introduce widget support with
Mobile 6.5, Microsoft has now given more information about its so called
"Windows Mobile Widgets".
Widgets are already well known from the web, from desktop OS as well as other
mobile platforms have already introduced a kind of widgets support. A good way
to think of a Windows Mobile Widget is as a "Portable chunk of the web" or just
basically a rich internet application.
Widgets are written using all the web technologies we know and love (HTML,
Microsoft new Internet Explorer Mobile 6, they will have full access to flash
and other ActiveX controls available on the device (like MediaPlayer Mobile).
The interesting thing about Microsoft's Windows Mobile widget platform is,
and this is unusual for widgets, that it allows them to look and feel, to the
end user, as a normal standalone application does; they have their own start
menu icon, they show up as an individual apps in task manager and, most
importantly, they have full control of the menu bar as any other application
For the new Windows Mobile widgets platform, Microsoft is implementing the
latest draft of the emerging W3C standard for mobile widget applications (http://www.w3.org/TR/widgets/)
which makes it unlikely that Windows Vista and Windows 7 gadgets will work on
Windows Mobile 6.5 phones.
Windows Mobile Widgets will become available with Windows Mobile 6.5. It's
not yet known if Microsoft's widgets platform will be available for Windows
Mobile 6 phones which got an official update to Internet Explorer Mobile 6.
Cheers ~ Arne