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Microsoft Gadgets Alternatives

Microsoft Gadgets is described as 'are light-weight single-purpose applications that can sit on the users computer desktop, or are hosted on a web page' and is an app. There are more than 10 alternatives to Microsoft Gadgets for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Android, Android Tablet and BSD. The best alternative is Rainmeter, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Microsoft Gadgets are XWidget, Start8, 8GadgetPack and Winstep Xtreme.

Microsoft Gadgets alternatives are mainly Desktop Customization Tools but may also be System Information Utilities or System Tweakers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Microsoft Gadgets.
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  • FreeProprietary
  • Windows

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  1. Rainmeter allows you to display customizable skins on your desktop, from hardware usage meters to fully functional audio visualizers. You are only limited by your imagination and creativity.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableRainmeter is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    XWidget

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • Steam

    XWidget is a free desktop customization platform. It’s light, handy with powerful visual widget editor and very subtle animations. The Android page is found here: http://android.xwidget.

    ⚫︎ LightweightXWidget consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ PortableXWidget can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Start8

    • Windows

    Return the Start Button to Windows 8 With these features:.

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    8GadgetPack

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    8GadgetPack makes it possible to use gadgets on Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10.

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    Winstep Xtreme

    • Windows

    An integrated workspace environment, Winstep Xtreme is a powerful suite of desktop enhancement utilities that merge incredible usability and performance with breathtaking eye candy.

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    SE-DesktopApps

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    SE-DesktopApps is set of desktop tools that can help you in your daily routine and increase your productivity: explorer, desktop notes, media player, program launcher, clock with alarms and wallpaper changer.

    ⚫︎ PortableSE-DesktopApps can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Discontinued

    The company stopped development for its applications. Last versions can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    KDE Plasma Workspaces

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Plasma Workspaces is the umbrella term for all graphical environments provided by KDE. Plasma separates components into "data engines" and their visualization counterparts.

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    Discontinued

    The term "KDE Plasma Workspaces" is no longer in use anywhere with the release of KDE Plasma 5 in 2014. It has been broken up into multiple components; the important ones are already in the AlternativeTo database (e.g. KDE Plasma).

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    AveDesk

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    AveDesk is a program that will give you the possibility to have icons on your desktop which could update themselves. Each icon of Avedesk is in fact a desklet, a little plug-in that can virtually do anything.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableAveDesk is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Amnesty Generator

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows

    Easily convert millions of web widgets, games and videos – designed to live on home pages, blogs or social network profiles – into gadgets for your Sidebar. If you like widgets on the web, you’ll love them on your Sidebar.

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    gDesklets

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    gDesklets is an architecture for "desklets", which are tiny applets sitting on your desktop in a symbiotic relationship of eye candy and usefulness.

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    Discontinued

    The project is no longer developed and the official website is no longer available. Last version, 0.36.3, released in January 2011, can be still downloaded from Launchpad

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