So I installed Yahoo's new, freshly launched Yahoo!Widgets (v.4).
* It is way lighter than the previous version. Yahoo claims that it reduced it's memory consumption by about 40%. That was my biggest complaint about the previous version, and I'm glad they addressed that – it shows.
* The widget gallery is still not very easy to navigate. Official Yahoo! widgets are not called out prominently (text links at the bottom of the page). And why can't I sort a list by 'most popular'? Any newcomers to the widget platform would likely love to know what their peers have found most useful.
* While these seem to be a great addition to Windows XP, once Vista really takes hold (with its native widget platform), how many people will continue to operate this Yahoo! platform?
* How come there aren't more ad-supported/sponsored widgets? And if they are buried in the gallery, how come they are not more prominently featured?
* The numbers of individual widget downloads are typically in the low 000's. Yahoo's platform is obviously not a very mainstream thing – yet.
- So…is Yahoo's widget platform just biding time until Vista reaches a critical mass of penetration? Or is its third-party status just what the doctor ordered?