I just got this question in my email. I thought - why don't I just post it here on the blog! Instead of Ask Jeeves, we'll call this Ask Dr. C.
I've been seeing a variety of things talking about
"Widgets" but am not clear on what exactly a Widget is and what its
purpose is. Can you help?
The definition from Taco Widgets: Simply put, a widget is a little mini-application that can provide information, functionality, or even a little bit of fun right on your desktop. http://www.tacowidgets.com/home/widget.html
Widgets run through Dashboard on Macs (hit F12 on a Mac running OS X 10.4), A great collection can be found here - http://www.widgetgallery.com/
I just LOVE this site; lots of FUN and useful widgets!
(o.k., they can work in Windows XP, too - but, they don't look as cool)
They can also be plug-ins for web browsers - The Google Gadget page http://www.google.com/ig/directory?synd=open