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Windows 11 wants you to see more dynamic content on the taskbar

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In Windows 11, one of the flagship features is the Widgets drawer, a reboot of News and Interests from Windows 10. While Windows 10 News and Interests is all about news and headlines related to your interests, Windows 11’s Widgets Board collects news, weather, sports scores and stock prices in a small widget.

Likewise, the Widgets board displays the temperature and weather in the taskbar. This feature is called “dynamic content for taskbar” and Microsoft now plans to show more dynamic updates on the taskbar. At the moment the dynamic updates of the taskbar are limited to just the weather, but this could change soon.

The widget integration in the taskbar should soon allow users to see financial and other updates. And it still works the same way: you get notifications right on the taskbar without having to click the icon. As you can see in the screenshot below, the taskbar shows live updates of the sports and financial widgets.

Windows 11 Taskbar Updates

The widget button on the taskbar automatically toggles between weather, sports, and financial updates. In addition, Microsoft plans to push breaking news alerts via the taskbar as well.

Microsoft is proud of the new dynamic taskbar, and the company believes the update will make it easier for users to know and “keep everyone up to date with the latest news.”

You can click on any of these alerts to open the widget board and learn more about the topic on the board. However, the taskbar switches back to the weather if you don’t interact with the update for a few seconds.

Microsoft is currently testing this feature in the Dev Channel, but will eventually come to Windows 11 22H2 as well.

More changes come to the taskbar

As we reported recently, Windows 11’s taskbar has also been set up to get support for a new feature called “search bar” which is similar to Windows 10’s search box.

Search bar for Windows 11

Unlike Windows 10, Windows 11’s taskbar does not have 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 simply opens the existing Windows search window.

Unfortunately, a full-fledged right-click menu, which was removed in the original release, is still missing in the latest builds 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 are not available. come to the operating system soon.

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