It's Widgets all round today. Apple has announced a Dashboard Widget Contest, and Konfabulator has launched a Windows version of its Widget utility.

Apple will judge entries on technical excellence, innovation, and ease of use. The contest is open exclusively to Apple Developer Connection members whose memberships include access to pre-release versions of Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger. Submissions must be made between November 5 and November 30, 2004.

According to the company it is easy to create Widgets. Widgets are based on Apple’s Web Kit, and require knowledge of JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. The Widget SDK and documentation are included in the Mac OS X Tiger Developer Preview release.

The company claims that the developer of the winning Widget will receive public recognition and a 40GB iPod.

Konfabulator claimed Apple had stolen its ideas when the Widget functionality, Dashboard, was previewed on Tiger, the next version of the Mac OS X operating system. Konfabulator has now opened up is Widget utility to the Windows operating system, claiming: "Write a Widget once, run it anywhere you want."

Dashboard will ship in Tiger next year. It offers users instant access to accessory applications such as stock quotes, webcams, calendars and calculators. Apple refers to these applications as Widgets. According to Apple, Dashboard is built on Apple’s Expose technology. Tiger includes several Widgets.