Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. DesktopX is a shareware desktop enhancement program that allows users to build their own custom desktops. Amongst its features is a complete widget engine for Windows as well as a desktop object system. User creations can be exported as .desktop files or as widgets. The program is distributed with Object Desktop as well as stand-alone. DesktopX was released by Alberto Riccio in 1999 as VDE, and bought in 2000 by Stardock. Mini-applications created with it were called object packs" but later rebranded as "widgets" to standardize the term."