Windows 10’s Taskbar, What’s Special About the Latest ‘News and Weather’ Widget?

  • AUTHOR: anam
  • POSTED ON: January 8, 2021

Do you know the slim little bar at the bottom of your computer screen? The one that makes your life a whole lot easier by giving you shortcuts to your most used applications? Yep, that one, that’s called the taskbar.

Microsoft is always coming up with new and better ideas to make the user experience more satisfactory for all of us. And this time, the Windows 10 taskbar is about to get more personalized.  

The company has tested out a potential feature for Window’s 10 called the “News and Interests,” which will allow users to customize news feed and weather information. These news and weather widgets will show the users a snippet of the latest news headlines from Microsoft News along with weather conditions and stock information. This Windows 10 update eliminates the need for any third-party applications or websites from where the system catches the information.

What’s special about this big update is that for people who aren’t interested in having this kind of widget on their screens, there’s an option to completely turn it off.

This new taskbar will also have a portion dedicated specifically to weather. It’ll collect real-time intel from the internet. When you’ll click on this area, a box-like widget will pop up presenting the feed of content.

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According to Microsoft, information from over 45,000 sources has been aggregated for the feature. The information has been curated with the help of artificial intelligence. You’ll be excited to hear that the new weather widget will eventually learn what news you’re interested in; it’ll then show you relevant content while dismissing the irrelevant news headlines. You can also choose to customize the story types right off the bat by selecting ‘more options’ and choosing ‘more stories like this’ or ‘fewer stories like this.’ It also gives you the option to react to the stories using your favorite emojis.

All you’ll need to do is install the Chromium-based Edge browser on your computer if you want to use the new taskbar feature. This means that if you don’t have the browser on your Windows 10, the new taskbar feature might not be available to you.

Moreover, if you want to read the entire piece, you’ll have to click on the widget and the story will open up in the Edge browser. Right now, it’s not clear if Microsoft will allow users to switch the default browser to open up links in Google Chrome or any other browser. The news articles will be presented in the reading view by default.

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One unique thing that sets this new Windows 10 feature apart from any other thing is that the taskbar will get rid of all the annoying advertisements. You know what this means, right? It means that Microsoft won’t be collecting any information whatsoever to use it to put out advertisements to you via the widget.

Another thing that is sort of unclear at the moment is whether the widget would also be available in the Control Center, which pops up when you click on the tool at the bottom.

The testers of the two widgets can be downloaded from Windows Insider at any time. The final release will happen later this year with a stable update to Windows 10 users. The provision of this feature will be limited to the US, Canada, Australia, and India; whether other markets around the world would be getting this widget is not decided by Microsoft as yet.

You should also know that many more new features can be expected to come out for Windows 10 in the coming weeks. There have been talks about a fresh design with rounded corners and more. Let’s see when that happens.

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We can’t wait to get our hands on these new Windows 10 taskbar widgets. The tech-enthusiast in us is jumping up and down and waiting to try it out as soon as possible. Will you use this latest feature as well? Let us know!

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Updated January 8, 2021
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