At the Build 2022 developer conference, Microsoft confirmed that you will soon be able to download third-party widgets from the Store in Windows 11. The web widgets or small apps can only be accessed through the Windows Widgets board and provide at-a-glance information such as Microsoft MSN headlines or weather updates.
Widgets is one of the flagship features in the operating system and users can launch it by swiping from the left side of the screen or pressing Windows + W on your keyboard.
Microsoft has confirmed that developers will be able to submit their widgets to the Microsoft Store later this year. Once submitted by developers, users can download widgets from the Store and find them next to the native widgets on the widget board.
At the moment, the Widgets board can only give you details of native apps, such as Microsoft To Do, Microsoft Stores, Movies & TV, etc.
Microsoft is promoting a widget board in Windows 11 ads and the feature may sound useful on paper, but the main problem with the current implementation is that there aren’t many widgets available.
Not wanting users to forget the Widgets panel, Microsoft is working on third-party APIs to help developers submit their widgets to the Store. During one of the sessions at Build 2022, Microsoft also teased a new widget board with all third-party widgets, including Slack.
As you can see in the screenshot above, third-party widgets allow users to access their service directly from the board. For example, there is a widget similar to Slack that allows you to view posts from different channels or conversations. Widgets like these can make for a more diverse and potentially useful Widgets panel experience.
Microsoft is apparently already in contact with third parties and has shared details on how developers can submit widgets through the Microsoft Store.