In Windows 11, one of the standout features is the Widgets drawer, which is a reboot of Windows 10 News & Interests. While Windows 10 News & Interests is only about news and headlines related to your interests, the Windows 11 Widgets collects news, weather, sports scores, and stock quotes in a small widget.
Similarly, the Widgets table displays temperature and weather in the taskbar. This feature is called “dynamic content for the taskbar” and Microsoft is now planning to show more dynamic updates on the taskbar. At the moment, dynamic taskbar updates are limited to weather only, but that may change soon.
The integration of the widget into the taskbar should soon allow users to see finances and other updates. And it still works the same way: you will receive alerts directly on the taskbar without even having to click on the icon. As you can see in the screenshot below, the taskbar will show live updates from the sports and finance widgets.
The taskbar widget button will automatically switch between weather, sports, and financial updates. Additionally, Microsoft also plans to deliver news alerts through the taskbar.
Microsoft is proud of the new dynamic taskbar and the company believes the update will make it easier for users to know something and “keep everyone up to date with the latest news”.
You can click on any of these alerts to open the widget table and learn more about the topic inside the table. However, the taskbar will revert to weather if you don’t interact with the update for a few seconds.
Microsoft is currently testing this feature in the Dev Channel, but it will also come to Windows 11 22H2.
More Taskbar Changes Coming Soon
As we reported recently, the Windows 11 taskbar is also set to support a new feature called the “search bar”, similar to the Windows 10 search box.
Unlike Windows 10, the Windows 11 taskbar does not contain a search box. Instead, we have a small search icon next to the Start button. Microsoft wants to bring the same search bar back to Windows 11 and it will just open the existing Windows search panel.
Unfortunately, a full-fledged context menu, which was removed in the original release, is still missing in the latest versions of Windows 11. The ability to ungroup icons is also not available, and Microsoft has already confirmed that features such as the ability to move the taskbar will not be available on the operating system soon.