AOL Previews Silverlight Gadget

AOL is planning the first Windows Vista gadget that takes advantage of Microsoft's new Silverlight cross-platform media player technology: the AOL Social Mail Gadget for Vista provides one-click access to e-mail, AOL Instant Messenger service, photos and video directly from the Windows Vista desktop. The gadget is designed to scan the user's inbox and identify which five people they communicate with most often. The user can add or remove people from his or her "A-list" and with a single click can email or IM people on the list directly from the desktop. Viewing videos and photos without opening a separate application is also possible."We wanted to create a mail experience that's different from what has been done before," said Roy Ben-Yoseph, AOL's vice president.

The AOL Social Mail Gadget will come with two skins (surfboards and guitars) but is also has the capability of using custom skins. AOL is shooting to have a full-scale beta test within the next couple of months and a release version later in the year, according to Ben-Yoseph.

Download: AOL Social Mail Gadget Preview (Silverlight Required)
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phiberoptik said,
Who posts pictures of them self on their own desktop?... Unless.... thats your boyfriend?

Yup that's my boyfriend. LOLOLZZ

Retards.

Competition is great. Cross-platform is great, too!

Let me try the gadget...

Oh, wait! I can't because Microsoft isn't supporting this for Linux. I guess "cross-platform" means Windows or Mac.

markjensen said,
Oh, wait! I can't because Microsoft isn't supporting this for Linux. I guess "cross-platform" means Windows or Mac.

Very funny. You wouldn't expect them to support something that could be used to justify the validity of a technology that is infringing on all of their *precious* software patents, now would you?

Bill Gates, 1991 ~
"If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today's ideas were invented and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today...A future start-up with no patents of its own will be forced to pay whatever price the giants choose to impose."

It's amazing what a few billion dollars can do to your core ethical beliefs. Sorry, haven't had my coffee yet this morning.

lbmouse said,
...
Bill Gates, 1991 ~
"If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today's ideas were invented and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today...A future start-up with no patents of its own will be forced to pay whatever price the giants choose to impose."

It's amazing what a few billion dollars can do to your core ethical beliefs. Sorry, haven't had my coffee yet this morning.

In Microsoft's defense, the ugly world of software patents exists. Closing your eyes, burying your head in the sand or otherwise neglectfully not gathering a (decidedly evil) portfolio of your own patents would be suicide - especially for a corporation with obligations to its shareholders.

Microsoft has to generate as many software patents as it can. It has to use ownership of these to defend itself against others patenting those ideas and litigating. It has to use ownership of these to enforce them on others who may be infringing. If it didn't, then it would be sued to the point of irrelevancy, and that would not be good for them, their stockholders, or the current computing world.

As much as I dislike some of their business practices (and prefer Linux to Windows), Bill Gates is a sharp businessman, and Microsoft is proof of that.

markjensen said,
Competition is great. Cross-platform is great, too!

Let me try the gadget...

Oh, wait! I can't because Microsoft isn't supporting this for Linux. I guess "cross-platform" means Windows or Mac.

No, you're absolutely right. There is no Vista for Linux...

GreyWolfSC said,
No, you're absolutely right. There is no Vista for Linux...
Wow! And no Vista for OSX, either? Tell me it ain't so!

My point was this is more "two platform" than truly "cross platform". This isn't about Vista, obviously, so I have no idea what your point may have been.

markjensen said,
Wow! And no Vista for OSX, either? Tell me it ain't so!

My point was this is more "two platform" than truly "cross platform". This isn't about Vista, obviously, so I have no idea what your point may have been.

The topic is about a Vista "Gadget" that uses Silverlight. Your first post:

Oh, wait! I can't because Microsoft isn't supporting this for Linux. I guess "cross-platform" means Windows or Mac.

People took it like you were trying to point out that Microsoft does not support Linux on Vista Gadgets.

"scan the user’s inbox and identify which five people they communicate with most often"
Reminds me of some viruses.
Still, you know we need big companies like AOL to support Silverlight if it wants to get off the ground.