How to Create Widgets and Gadgets – Chris was invited to be a special alpha tester for Microsoft’s PopFly, an interactive widget development environment. the short story is: it’s really freaking cool! Watch as Chris goes through the PopFly environment and shows off some of the more interesting features.

Microsoft Popfly is a web site and tool to help people create and share web sites, mashups, and other kinds of experiences. It has two parts: the social network, which we call “Popfly Space” and the online tool for creating different kinds of experiences, which we call “Popfly Creator.” It is currently in alpha, which means that we’re still working on lots of aspects of it and would love your feedback in our forums…

What can you do with Popfly? Programming is not something that takes years to learn. With Popfly Creator, in just a few minutes, you can create something that will have people saying “wow”. With Popfly you can create a mashup using functionality from Virtual Earth, Flickr, Yahoo!, Twitter, and more.

PopFly requires Microsoft’s Sliverlight plugin:

Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of Microsoft .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web.

We’re excited about Popfly, what about you?