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Thursday, 11 September 2008

Release Candidate build of the Windows Media Center Gadgets for Windows SideShow

The Release Candidate build of the Windows Media Center Gadgets for Windows SideShow has been released today. See the email below for further details:

Download the Release Candidate build of the Windows Media Center Gadgets for Windows SideShow here:Download

Please install this build and provide feedback. The final release will be posted to the Windows Live Gallery in the near future. While you are there, check out some of the great new gadgets that have been uploaded including Remotebook (for Facebook), AccuWeather, Twitter, System Health and Windows Live Messenger (all available in 9 languages)!

Support for Media Center Extenders:

Extenders are now supported if you are using a SideShow device that can pre-enable the gadgets. The Ricavision Vave100 remote control is an example of a device that pre-enables the Media Center gadgets.Try this with your Xbox 360 or other extender device and provide us with any feedback.

Additional instructions have been added to the Installation Instructions page about using the gadgets with an extender.

Connect Site Links:
Installation Instructions
Gadget general information and known issues
Send Feedback

Want to write your own Gadget in Managed Code? It's easy!You can download and install our easy to use SDK, which includes templates for a gadget that integrate with Visual Studio (2005/2008 including express editions). You can build and run the template Gadget right out of the box giving you an easy place to start to tailor your own gadget. Download this today from Microsoft Download Center:Windows SideShow Managed API 1.0 SDK

Have a Windows Mobile 5 or 6 phone?Download and install Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile Developer Preview

Your feedback has greatly increased the quality of this release!
Thank you so very much from our entire team for taking part in the Windows Media Center Gadgets for Windows SideShow Beta.

Thank you!
The Windows SideShow team


The gadgets don't appear to install on the TV Pack version of VMC, which is a real shame, not sure if the final release will be compatible?


I've been playing around with the RC1 release and I'm having a few issues with it and also find its lacking in functionality in places, see this thread here for my take on it.


Microsoft say that you will not be able to use this MCE SideShow gadget to control your Media Center Extenders using a Windows Mobile device. Something to do with SideShow running on Windows Mobile not being able to pre-enable the gadgets. See the above link to The Green Button thread for more information on this.

1 comment:

DrFlick said...

In case anyone is interested in how Windows SideShow works under the wraps, I recently published a white paper on the technology at


Derek R. Flickinger
Interactive Homes, Inc.