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'. 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 (Freemium), Start8 (Paid), 8GadgetPack (Free) and KDE Plasma Workspaces (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Feb 7, 2017

    1. Vista Rainbar is a Windows Sidebar clone for Rainmeter.


      Last version, 4.3, was released on July 2008, but it is still downloadable.

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