Developing Windows SideShow Gadgets

Before writing a gadget, it is important to understand some of the fundamental concepts of the Windows SideShow platform. These include the concept of application IDs, endpoint IDs, content IDs, events, notifications, and the Gadget Manager. It is also important to understand how your gadget will integrate into any existing applications or data sources.

In this section, we will discuss these general concepts important for all gadget developers. Additionally, you will learn how to extend a Windows Sidebar gadget to work with Windows SideShow, and how to install your own gadget that uses the Windows SideShow API.

In This Section

About Windows SideShow Gadgets

Extending a Windows Sidebar Gadget to Windows SideShow

Installing a Gadget

Using the Simple Content Format

Advanced Topics