Microsoft Vista gadgets are a new thing. Imagine a sidebar that is about 2 inches wide on the right side of the desktop screen of all Microsoft Vista users. These users can pick and choose what gadgets they want in there. Like a clock, calculator. Gadgets can use live feeds so you can have a gadget that shows the daily news headlines or stock prices. Gadgets can also be automatically updated. So if you release a gadget then you come out with version 2.0 of your gadget you can update your pre-exisiting users.
Microsoft expects 200 million Vists users within 2 years. If you get 1% of those users to be interested in your gadget and download it you are talking about having real estate on 2 million computer desktops. Now do you understand why everyone is interested in this?
Currently there are few gadgets out there. It is easy to stake a claim and become the incumbent force. Don’t wait too long since sites like http://www.gadgetspark.com are building gadgets for anybody with $600. If you have a business and dont know how gadgets can help you, I am going to offer my brainstorming ability. Just post your details in the comments and I’ll respond with what I would do.