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Hands-on with OS X Yosemite: Widgets by any other name

Jason Snell | June 19, 2014
Notification Center gets some major updates in OS X Yosemite. Here's a hands-on look at what's coming.

But now we're in the App Store era, and using the same technologies that power iOS and Mac apps seems like a far better choice—and that's what you'll find running Yosemite's Notification Center widgets. If they seem a little like fragments of iOS apps, you're not far off. Since iOS 8 also supports Notification Center widgets, I suspect we'll be seeing a lot of the same widgets on both platforms. Apple's thriving community of app developers should provide us with a vibrant selection of widgets, something Dashboard never really achieved—or at least hasn't seen since the halcyon days of 2006.

All told, Notification Center's Today view seems like a great replacement for Dashboard, and a major benefit to OS X users. My only real complaint is the name on the package: Notification Center is no longer just for notifications, and the Today view is the landing place for widgets with information that goes far beyond what's happening today. Sure, in iOS 7 the names made sense—but with Yosemite (and iOS 8) they just don't fit anymore. This is a major new set of functionality—it deserves a name that fits.

How about Dashboard?

 

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