Microsoft has started to roll out its new and improve change to the Windows taskbar in years. The change now come with a new weather and news taskbar widget which is now available in Windows 10 from yesterday.
The task bar widget will be offering weather information directly in the Windows taskbar. The widget also goes as far as coming with a feed of news, stocks, sports, and weather information.
The mini-feed of content will only appear when the widget is activated, and it can be fully personalized with the latest sports news, headlines, and weather notice.
Microsoft is currently using its Microsoft News interface to showcase its news and content from more than 4,500 sources, the company has also embed in the widget an AI to help learn what news is relevant to you when you dismiss or like stories in the feed.
If you don’t see the need to use the new widget, it’s easy to disable, or you choose to keep only the weather information appearing in the taskbar. This new update has already started rolling out already to all windows 10 users who opt into the April 2021 cumulative update preview. Microsoft said the mass release of the new widget will be available over the next few weeks as the May Windows security update starts rolling out.
Meanwhile, if the taskbar widget doesn’t appear right away, you’ll need to wait until the optional cumulative update preview is available for the version of Windows 10 you’re currently running. The verge pointed that the latest version (20H2) doesn’t have the necessary patch available yet, hence the wide range of Windows 10 users won’t see the new widget yet.
The taskbar widget is currently available on an older version of Windows 10 (1909, released in November 2019) if you install the KB5001396 preview. It’s a little confusing, how to enable it however Smarttechvilla will publish a method on how to enable the taskbar widget early if it’s possible to do so in the coming days.
Microsoft has been testing this taskbar widget feature since the start of January, and it’s surprising to see it appear early ahead of the company’s planned 21H1 and 21H2 updates to Windows 10 this year. The company is in the final stages of completing the test for 21H1 update, which is expected to roll out in the coming month, This new taskbar widget will be available to Windows 10 users running on version 1909 or above.