Microsoft knows what Windows 10â€™s taskbar really needs: News and Weather. That My People icon didnâ€™t pan out, but surely all Windows users want one-click access to the latest newsâ€”right?
Microsoft is already testing this change in Insider builds of Windows 10. Starting January 6, 2021, withÂ Insider build 21286, people testing unstable versions of Windows 10 will begin seeing the widget.
It will appear to the left of your notification area (often, but incorrectly, called the â€œsystem tray.â€�) It will show the current weather in your areaâ€”right on the taskbar. If you click it, youâ€™ll see news headlines, more information about the weather, stock market movements, and sports scores. Microsoft calls it â€œan integrated feed of dynamic content such as news and weather that updates throughout the day.â€�
Of course, you can customize what you want to see in the feed, and you can hide this Weather and News widget, just like you can hide the My People widget today. All you have to do is right-click your taskbar and uncheck it.
Microsoft is testing variations on this feature, so it may not look identical when it reaches your PC. Based on Microsoftâ€™s development schedule, weâ€™d expect to see this feature hit stable Windows 10 PCs with a big update scheduled for Fall 2021â€”or, if Microsoft is really rushing, Spring 2021.
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