Poll: Should Windows Desktop Gadgets be banned from the corporate workstation?

The TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog member poll: Should Windows Desktop Gadgets be banned from the corporate workstation?

A couple of weeks ago I published what I thought would be a lightweight photo gallery on Windows Desktop Gadgets. Apparently, Windows Desktop Gadgets inspire a much more passionate response than I once believed. Many members took time from their busy schedules to lambast the very idea of Desktop Gadgets.

Now, I am not a great fan of these little applets, mainly because I prefer a clean desktop where only high-level folders are displayed. However, I don't feel as passionate about their very existence as many seem to feel. So, I thought perhaps we should get a reading on this issue with a poll.

And in light of some of the responses I am getting for this week's photo gallery on Adobe Air applications, the distaste from these Desktop Gadgets and Air Widgets is not restricted to any single vendor. When it comes to Air applications, I have found TweetDeck to be quite useful, but perhaps I am in the minority.

What do you think? Should Desktop Gadgets be banned from the corporate workstation? Why? Are they just toys to be relegated to the home PC, or do they have a legitimate place on the modern workstation desktop?

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By Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.