A third-party provider is offering what appears to be the first support for Vista “SideShow” gadgets on Windows Mobile phones. ControlThink’s ThinkRemote Community Edition lets Vista users feed content and small applications to their phones, or use their phone to control their PC, the company said.
The SideShow technology, which made its debut with the Windows Vista operating system, features gadgets — mini-applications such as photo viewers, PowerPoint navigators, email viewers, and Media Player controllers. The gadgets run on the Vista PC, but can send information to external clients connected via USB, Bluetooth, TCP/IP, or other future protocols. Such clients include laptops, front-panel computer displays, displays embedded in keyboards, and digital picture frames, mobile phones, and other display devices.
ControlThink says its ThinkRemote Community Edition supports all SideShow gadgets, including those created by Microsoft and by third parties. Once installed on the phone, the software works whether the phone is connected to the PC via WiFi, Bluetooth, or a cellular data connection, the company said.
There’s also a component of ThinkRemote Community Edition that installs on the host PC. This component integrates into Windows Vista‘s standard control panel for SideShow gadgets (see below), letting users choose which gadgets will appear on their Windows Mobile devices, ControlThink said.