Home windows 11’s taskbar drag and drop help remains to be a number of months away, however we’ll have loads of smaller taskbar options to check out within the interim. One such new characteristic is help for climate widgets, which is now rolling out to testers within the Dev Channel of Insider program.
Home windows 11 comes with new built-in widgets, akin to the ‘Information and pursuits’ panel that’s already in Home windows 10. The widget panel, which seems on the left facet of the display, at the moment comes with widgets for native options, reminiscent of Microsoft To-Do, Outlook calendar, Pictures, Visitors, and Climate.
The widget panel additionally pulls up a big data panel that features the most recent headlines and prime tales from MSN (Microsoft’s information feed), together with sports activities occasions, politics, related inventory tales, upcoming occasions, and extra. You’ll be able to scroll by means of and work together with information gadgets within the panel.
The widget button at the moment seems within the heart of the taskbar, however the tech large is now planning to maneuver the entry level to the left facet. After the replace (Construct 22518), Home windows 11 taskbar will even present stay climate content material on the taskbar.
You’ll be able to nonetheless open the Widgets board by both clicking on the icon or hovering over the entry level.
You’ll be able to strive the brand new Climate widget for the taskbar by becoming a member of the Dev Channel. Along with the brand new construct, additionally, you will want a brand new model of the Home windows Net Expertise Pack which might be downloaded from the Microsoft Retailer.
Taskbar widgets integration is a minor enchancment, however there’s extra to come back.
For instance, we’re anticipating third-party widget help in 2022, with Microsoft successfully testing the characteristic within the first half of 2022.
This may very well be much like Home windows Vista the place we had help for third-party desktop devices, however customers gained’t have the ability to pin the widgets to the desktop. The third-party widget integration can be enabled through new APIs for builders.
It additionally stays unclear if the corporate will permit customers to pin the widgets to the desktop. For the time being, there’s no signal within the preliminary incarnation of Home windows 11 Dev Builds. This will likely effectively change primarily based on suggestions, however desktop integration appears impossible in the intervening time.