Windows 10 Redstone to Bring Back Desktop Gadgets

by - 6 years ago


Windows Vista was heavily criticized for being a bloated operating system which utilized far too many system resources. Whether this was down to poor programming, or embedded services remains to be seen. Nevertheless, Vista has a terrible reputation and a low point in Microsoft’s history. Some of you might remember, the gadgets bar which contained a whole host of intriguing add-on including weather reports and system diagnostics. While these additions looked pretty, they impacted on performance and increased RAM utilization. However, that’s not to say the gadgets bar was a rubbish idea and Microsoft allowed the end-user to enable this functionality in Windows 7.

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On the other hand, this feature was disabled in Windows 10, probably due to Microsoft’s Store and integrating applications into the Start Menu. The Windows ethos has always revolved around choice, and I’m pretty sure there’s many users out there who like to see widgets/gadgets on their desktop. That’s why I’m confused by their omission in Windows 10. Despite this, Microsoft appears to be listening to user-feedback, and preparing a huge update called Redstone. We don’t know exactly what this update will entail, but early indications show the resurgence of desktop gadgets. Instead of being locked to one corner, it seems the gadgets menu is more compact. Theoretically, it’s designed to quickly access essential tools or check system parameters. Clearly, Microsoft is planning a substantial update and it will be interesting to see what Redstone brings to the table.

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6 Comments on Windows 10 Redstone to Bring Back Desktop Gadgets

  • Avatar Craig Steven Beverley says:

    In all honesty, i was fine with the gadgets, they were incredibly useful, i loved having system meters and sticky notes available whenever i wanted them without having to install random software that i don’t know about. I’ll be happy when it comes back

  • Avatar DeathCom says:

    Oh yeah, keep forgetting Gadgets are gone, been using 8gadgetpack for so long its just something I auto install when setting up a new PC. Good to see official support returning, now more new gadgets will probably be made too!

  • Avatar Joe O Sullivan says:

    “The Windows ethos has always revolved around choice” What!?!

  • Avatar Felina Femenina says:

    The gadgets toolbar was eventually disabled in Windows Vista and 7 for security reasons. It was found to be too susceptible to attacks by hackers using malicious code. The gadget bar was useful, but shouldn’t be brought back under Windows 10 unless or until Microsoft has worked out the serious security issues.

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