|Yahoo Widgets Engine Closing down?|
Is it The End of Yahoo! Desktop Widgets? On the Yahoo widget site and on the forum is states that the Yahoo widget gallery and support for the widget engine will be closing down on the day before the 1st april. I don't think it is an April Fool's trick but what does it mean? It means the gallery where you have been able to upload and download your widgets will be gone, so you will lose the ability to popularise your widgets (mine have been downloading at 1,000 per day) so for me this is a complete pain...
The good news is that the widget engine won't stop working, it will work on Windows XP/Vista/7/8 and probably Windows 9 + and for the forseeable future, we shall see... So, there is no immediate danger of your widgets stopping working. As for support from Yahoo? it has been non-existent for years, no changes, no improvements, no sign of the linux version, support was all but non-existent. All it means for now is a loss of the gallery but more importantly the loss in the future of the widget platform as a Rapid Application Development tool. This is a real pity as Yahoo widget engine was probably the best and the easiest of the widget platforms to develop for.
"The Desktop Widgets website will be shutting down
on April 10, 2012. Developer uploads of new Widgets will end on April
3, 2012. Due to this, consumer downloads of new and updated desktop
widgets will end on April 3, 2012. Desktop widgets will continue to work
I personally wouldn't touch the Yahoo! Connected TV widget development kit as it makes no logical sense to do so. Yahoo have just shut the multi-platform yahoo widget engine down and that is quite obviously the most massive hint that the yahoo TV engine is also on the way out. No-one in their right mind would shut down such a wealth of development
experience if they believed their new platform would succeed. I should
think any TV widget developer will be packing their bags and looking for
a new platform to work in.
Word is that the Yahoo widget gallery has been closed due to server upgrades and changes. The servers that supported the gallery are due for replacement and there needed to be a business case for the new servers. There wasn't a good one. I suppose that if Yahoo sees there is no cash return from the widget service then there is no reason for Yahoo to continue it.
Yahoo has confirmed that they are in fact focussing on the TV Yahoo widget engine and they believe the release of resources from supporting the desktop yahoo widget engine will have a positive effect on their development.
The widget engine itself will continue to be available here:
and the Mac version here:
For the moment the Windows SDK is still available here:
The reason for downloading and installing the SDK rather than the normal Windows download is that this version of the engine comes with none of the bundled widgets, just the runtime engine by itself.
Should you as a user worry about it? - No not really, Yahoo widgets will continue to work, the engine will be downloadable for the forseeable future, the widgets will work on current and future versions of the Windows operating system and Mac Os/X.
Keep an eye on this space, there will be some developments that will be reported here giving you an idea of life after Yahoo widgets.
|Last Updated ( Monday, 30 April 2012 )|
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