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Windows 11 widgets rolling out for Spotify, Xbox Game Pass, Phone Link SOON

The Beta Channel Insiders have received the new Windows 11 widgets for Spotify, Facebook Messenger, and many more apps. Here’s what’s changing for you.

| Updated on: Feb 23 2023, 14:03 IST
Productivity Booster! Make the best out of Windows 11 widgets! Know how to use them
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1/5 Widgets can help you quickly access important information such as the latest weather updates, breaking news, and your busy calendar all in one place. Here are four ways you can make the most out of your personalised widgets. (Pexels)
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2/5 Start with the widgets - Press the Windows logo key + W to open the widgets board. You can check more widgets at once on your board, just use the expand button in the top right corner. The button will turn into a collapse button for when you want to shrink it. The board will remember the size you set and will open in that same size in the future.  (Amritanshu Mukherjee / HT Tech)
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3/5 Customise them according to need - Once a widget has been added, click on More Options in the upper-right corner and select Customize widget. When you edit a widget, you can customize it by changing the city for your weather widget or updating the watchlist for your stock’s widget. (Unsplash)
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4/5 You can interact with widgets! Just tap the title bar in the widget's upper-left corner and access the program or website that the widget links to. In this, you can interact with various widgets to perform activities like checking off your to-do list or viewing the events in the calendar.  (Amritanshu Mukherjee / HT Tech)
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5/5 Add personalized news and interests - The stream of news content and widgets can be displayed on your widgets board on a timely basis. To do so, indicate your preferences by choosing "Manage interests" from the Widget settings dialog box. Here, you will now be able to access the "My Interests" page. (Unsplash)
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The new Windows 11 widgets are here for Spotify, Xbox Game Pass, Phone Link, and more. Know what else is new. (Amritanshu Mukherjee / HT Tech)

Microsoft has recently released two new builds available to Insiders in the Beta Channel: Windows 11 Build 22621.1325 and Build 22623.1325. While the former has certain features disabled by default, the latter includes new features that are already enabled. Among these new features, the most significant one is the addition of widgets for Facebook Messenger, Spotify, Phone Link, and Xbox Game Pass. In an effort to enhance the functionality of the Widgets Panel, Microsoft is also incorporating support for third-party widgets, a Windows Insider Blog confirmed.

The blog also suggests that you can give new widgets a try. To do so, just go to the widgets collection in the Microsoft Store and update to the latest version of the apps. Then you will need to open the widgets board and navigate to the widgets picker by clicking the “+” button at the top-right of the board to pin your widgets. “You should expect to see additional new widgets as more developers create and release widgets for their apps,” the blog mentioned.

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It further says that with the latest release of Windows App SDK 1.2, developers are now able to create widgets for their apps. Resultantly, Windows 11 widgets board in current Dev Channel Insider Preview builds can be used. However, there is a lot more which has been rolled out in the latest two Windows 11 Build. Here's everything that you need to know.

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What's new in Windows 11

Start Menu is getting a makeover! For devices that are Azure Active Directory (AAD) joined, Windows is personalizing your experience by delivering AI-powered recommended content within your Start menu. How will it change your experience? So when you open the Start menu, you will find related content to help you prepare for upcoming meetings, quickly access files you're collaborating on, and more.

Apart from this, there are several bug fixes in both Build 22621.1325 and Build 22623.1325 such as an issue that was causing the taskbar to be cut off after resolution changes, compatibility issues with printers, and an issue that affected copying from a network to a local drive.

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First Published Date: 23 Feb, 14:02 IST