Windows 11 is on everybody’s lips, as Microsoft has recently confirmed that the fall of 2021 wouldn’t bring a new Windows 10 feature update but a completely new operating system.
And needless to say, given it’s such a massive overhaul of the Windows experience, Windows 11 will come with plenty of improvements, including what the Redmond-based software giant describes as widgets.
In other words, widgets are making a comeback in Windows 11, though as you’ll find out in a second, they’re not exactly what you expect them to be.
And it’s because the new widgets experience pretty much comes down to an overhauled news and interests, a feature already available in Windows 10 and providing us with access to things that matter for each and every one of us.
Upgraded news and interests
Widgets will give users the power to see information they’re interested in much faster, all with a single click on a dedicated button in the taskbar.
“Windows 11 brings you closer to the news and information you care about faster with Widgets – a new personalized feed powered by AI and best-in-class browser performance from Microsoft Edge. Even when we’re at our most focused and creative we still need breaks – a moment to check in with the outside world or give ourselves a mental reset,” Microsoft explains.
“Today, we often pick up our phones to check the news, weather or notifications. Now, you can open a similarly curated view directly from your desktop. When you open your personalized feed it slides across your screen like a sheet of glass so it doesn’t disrupt what you’re doing. For creators and publishers, Widgets also opens new real estate within Windows to deliver personalized content. Our aspiration is to create a vibrant pipeline for global brands and local creators alike, in a way that both consumers and creators can benefit.”
Windows 11 will go live in the fall, with the first preview build to land for insiders next week.