Lots of news from the first few hours of the PDC. First off, in the first CTP of Vista, the sidebar has been revived. “The Sidebar will be populated with “gadgets” and will feature an open platform for developers to create their own mini-applications. Sidebar gadgets can be dragged onto the desktop, and interact with standard Windows applications.” Also, “Microsoft Max lets you make lists of your photos and turn them into beautiful slide shows to share with your family and friends. Max is the codename for Microsoft’s flagship application based on WinFX and Microsoft’s new user experience.” Images from the PDC here, and you can watch Bill Gates’ keynote here. Also, MS released beta 2 of Monad.