HTC Home 3 brings sexy Sense widgets to your Windows desktop

Posted by erlan | Posted in smartphone | Posted on 30-04-2011

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By: Lee Mathews

A lot of people who see my HTC Incredible really like the look of the Sense widgets — and I do too, to be perfectly honest. They’re certainly a lot nicer to look at than, say, the default gadgets for displaying time and weather on your Windows desktop. Fortunately, there’s a developer who feels that way too, and he’s created a set of Sense-style widgets that work with Windows.

The project is called HTC Home, and version 3 has just been released as a very polished beta. The download is packed as a .7Z archive, so you’ll need a compatible compression program (like the free7-zip) to extract the HTC Home files. Once you’ve done that, you’ll find two executable programs — one for weather, and one for time. Multiple display modes are built-in, so you can also use the combined forecast/flip clock mode if you don’t want to clutter your desktop too much.

HTC Home gadgets can also be set to always display on top of other applications should you want them constantly in view. If you’re running Windows 7, you can also view them by tapping into your operating system’s improved task bar functionality. Just hover over the HTC home icon and then mouse over the preview image to hide all your other open programs (the same trick works for any program on your task bar) . You might not even need to go as far as step two, however, since Windows 7 updates task bar previews in real time. If you’ve using one of the analog widgets, you can watch the second hand move right in the thumbnail.

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