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    rjdohnert

    When can we see those products come to pass.  Since OEMs have stated their intentions to keep offering Windows XP for a time customers need those all important tools and of course some deals to have them loaded on desktops..

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    joem83

    As far as I know these programs will not be back ported to XP.  The only possibility is that the Live group may make their own calendar.

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    rjdohnert

    Cmon now Yahoo and Google are beating Microsofts bootay when it comes to widgets on the older platforms.  Microsoft has no competitive product for Windows XP, Windows Live Calendar Desktop would be useful if for nothing else to give people alternatives to Sunbird and Google/Yahoo calendar, imagine a calendar you can sync from your desktop, online

    joem83 wrote:
    As far as I know these programs will not be back ported to XP.  The only possibility is that the Live group may make their own calendar.

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    PaoloM

    rjdohnert wrote:
    ...and Google/Yahoo calendar, imagine a calendar you can sync from your desktop, online

    I'm confused, do Yahoo/Google offer a desktop calendar app?

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    z2bass

    I've heard that there WILL be an XP sidebar.

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    PaoloM

    z2bass wrote:
    I've heard that there WILL be an XP sidebar.

    There was going to be an XP sidebar...

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    Lloyd_Humph

    PaoloM wrote:
    
    z2bass wrote:
    I've heard that there WILL be an XP sidebar.

    There was going to be an XP sidebar...


    Why isn't there going to be an XP sidebar?

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    Massif

    Lloyd_Humph wrote:
    
    PaoloM wrote:
    
    z2bass wrote:
    I've heard that there WILL be an XP sidebar.

    There was going to be an XP sidebar...


    Why isn't there going to be an XP sidebar?


    What would be the point?

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    blowdart

    Massif wrote:
    

    What would be the point?


    Enabling people who can't upgrade to Vista to still write widgets and improve the usefulness for both OSes?

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    Massif

    But from a customer's perspective they can already use a large selection of existing widgets for a simple free download. So there's little point for the customer.

    And from MS's point of view they gain a little momentum for Sidebar at the expensive of the "exclusive" tag on a Vista feature. So I guess for them it's "six of one" time.

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    BlackTiger

    Windows Sidebar already "back-ported" to XP. Try to google for "VAIO project aeroxp" (not SONY VAIO). Just install this software and any Windows Sidebar (builds prior 6000 works fine on XP).


    http://www.fallingleafsystems.com/compatibility/

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    Lloyd_Humph

    Theres also a really cool Vista start menu emulator that works brilliantly. It's called ViStart I think Big Smile

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    GoddersUK

    Lloyd_Humph wrote:
    Theres also a really cool Vista start menu emulator that works brilliantly. It's called ViStart I think


    I like it. Big Smile

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    Lloyd_Humph

    GoddersUK wrote:
    
    Lloyd_Humph wrote:
    Theres also a really cool Vista start menu emulator that works brilliantly. It's called ViStart I think


    I like it.


    They're adding even more functionality to it than the actual Vista start menu. Theres going to be a larger icon for every app, and a nicer way to shut down (a cycle thing I think).

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    mstefan

    rjdohnert wrote:
    When can we see those products come to pass.  Since OEMs have stated their intentions to keep offering Windows XP for a time customers need those all important tools and of course some deals to have them loaded on desktops..


    That's going to be a short-lived proposition in any case. Microsoft has said that they're going to discontinue sales of XP come the end of January (I think that's standard policy for them; they discontinue selling previous versions a year after a new version of Windows is released).

    XP is on a short leash at this point. Why spend time backporting new stuff for it? It doesn't make much sense.

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