Windows 11 is coming, and with it, design changes and improvements to the user experience. Microsoft has added new widgets with improved widget controls. The new widgets are on a new glass-like side panel on the left of your screen. You can drag and drop your widgets and organize them any way you wish, so your feed looks precisely the way you want.
There had been rumors that Microsoft was planning to allow third-party widgets onto Windows 11 that would allow third-party developers to create widgets that users could then use to personalize their widget experience. Although Microsoft announced that Windows 11 would support third-party developers and make it easier for them to bring their apps to the new Store, Microsoft did not state that they would be allowing third-party widgets.
- Windows 11 Search Bar: What changed and what didn't
- Android apps will run natively on Windows 11 — What that means for you
- Windows 11 will greatly improve PC gaming with auto-HDR and direct storage
Windows first-party widgets look like beautiful sheets of Ai-powered glass that are meant to be more intuitive and keep you updated on the things that matter to you, like local weather and news. The other new feature to Windows widgets is the ability to slide the panel over to expand the widgets panel to take up the entire screen so that you can better view your widget feeds.
You can find more news about the soon-to-be-released Windows 11 here.
Stay in the know with Laptop Mag
Get our in-depth reviews, helpful tips, great deals, and the biggest news stories delivered to your inbox.
Mark has spent 20 years headlining comedy shows around the country and made appearances on ABC, MTV, Comedy Central, Howard Stern, Food Network, and Sirius XM Radio. He has written about every topic imaginable, from dating, family, politics, social issues, and tech. He wrote his first tech articles for the now-defunct Dads On Tech 10 years ago, and his passion for combining humor and tech has grown under the tutelage of the Laptop Mag team. His penchant for tearing things down and rebuilding them did not make Mark popular at home, however, when he got his hands on the legendary Commodore 64, his passion for all things tech deepened. These days, when he is not filming, editing footage, tinkering with cameras and laptops, or on stage, he can be found at his desk snacking, writing about everything tech, new jokes, or scripts he dreams of filming.