2007 was the year of the Widget, 2008?
“Of course with Leopard and Vista almost around the corner, it is hard not to get enthusiastic about the future of widgets. Gabe Dorfman, a Microsoft product manager is predicting a widget boom. Yahoo, MySpace, AOL, and scores of others are part of this ‘atomization of web’ movement. ‘The Google personal homepage is the fastest-growing Google product,’ Marissa Mayer tells Newsweek, ‘This market is going to be very large.’”
Now midway through 2008 I’ve been sitting back and reflecting was 2007 really the year? Did things like the iPhone, AIR and Silverlight alter that path? At the end of 2007 SAP and SDN hosted a “Widget Contest” and we were blown away by the shear number of participants and activity around Widgets in the Enterprise. Last year during the SAP TechEd event Widgets even took center stage winning at the Demo Jam!
So was 2007 it or does 2008 and 2009 look interesting for widget technologies? I think so!
Now I won’t just leave it at that, let me at least say why I think it looks interesting. The simple fact that we are gaining ground in small, usable and portable devices in an “always on” mode the idea of small consumable apps (widgets) becomes more and more appealing – perhaps it’s not just a Yahoo, Vista, Google or Dashboard thing but still the idea of a small consumable app giving you what you need, how you need it and when you need it, well frankly the appeal is growing and growing.