Windows Media Center Sideshow Gadgets Have Arrived


Today the Windows SideShow Team Blog announced the long-anticipated Windows Media Center SideShow gadgets. In case you’re not familiar, Windows SideShow is the technology that delivers information from a PC to a secondary display.

That display can be a small LCD screen on your desktop or laptop computer:


LG R200 laptop

…a digital picture frame:


…a remote control:


Ricavision VAVE100 SideShow-enabled remote

…or even on a Windows Mobile phone, thanks to the Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile Developer Preview which lets you install Sideshow apps onto a Windows Mobile 5 or 6 device. That technology lets you use your phone’s Bluetooth abilities to control your Media Center PC. (For more info on this, check out our earlier post here).

Today, there are now 4 new Media Center SideShow gadgets which do the following:

  1. TV Gadget:  Browse the program guide, schedule recordings, and browse and play back recorded TV shows
  2. Music Gadget:  Browse and play music
  3. Pictures + Videos Gadget:  Browse pictures on your device and play slideshows and video
  4. Now Playing Gadget:  Provides information on what is playing in Media Center and provides playback controls like those on your Media Center remote

Both 32-bit versions and 64-bit versions are available for download, just click the link for the version you need. Now I just need one of these killer remotes and I’ll be all set.

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