Microsoft will start distributing news and weather widget for Windows 10 taskbar today
Microsoft is on the cusp of the biggest change to the Windows taskbar in years. A new taskbar widget offering quick and easy access to news and weather will be available from today. It will offer an extended feed divided into categories such as news, promotions, sports, and weather.
The mini news feed will only appear when you click on the widget. It can be completely personalized by choosing location elements and marking the most interesting news categories to the user. Microsoft uses its Microsoft News network to serve content from over 4,500 sources. The widget will use artificial intelligence to determine which news interests the user more.
If desired, the new widget can be easily disabled, or only the weather information displayed in a compact block on the taskbar can be left on it.
The widget will begin rolling out today to those users who install the preview version of the Windows 10 April 2021 Cumulative Update. The widget will be available to a wider audience in a couple of weeks when the May Windows 10 security update rolls out.
Microsoft has been testing this widget since January. Surprisingly, it came before the launch of the major updates 21H1 and 21H2 planned for this year. Microsoft is in the final stages of testing Windows 10 21H1, which is expected to launch in May. However, the new taskbar widget will be available to users of all versions of Windows 10 starting in 1909.