Windows 11

Windows 11 may gain support for third-party widgets similar to Windows Vista

Windows 11 It is a design improvement based entirely on WinUI, and it also brings back a long-lost feature called “widgets”, similar to Windows Vista gadgets. If you have used Windows 7 or Windows Vista in the past, you must be familiar with the term gadget or widget.

Unfortunately,Windows 11 The widgets are not completely based on the concept of Windows Vista or Windows 7 widgets. Currently, Windows 11 cannot be pinned to the desktop, they only appear in the widget board.In addition, the widget options in the current version are only Microsoft Application widgets and news and interest feeds.

Earlier reliable sources revealed that Microsoft is planning to increase support for third-party widgets. It turns out that according to the files we saw, third-party widgets will be included in Windows 11 version 22H2. Third-party support will allow you to customize the widget board to your liking.


Windows 11 version 22H2 will only support third-party widgets, and third-party support will be extended to the original version of the operating system later.

It’s worth noting that we are unable to find APIs related to third-party widgets in the current preview version or the stable version of the operating system, which indicates that the initial third-party preview version is still several weeks or months away.

Third-party widget support for Windows 11

The third-party widget features of Windows 11 will require a new version of the Windows Web Experience Pack, and developers will be able to Microsoft Publish their widgets in the Store.

Since Windows 11 uses the Web Experience Pack for widget boards, Microsoft will also introduce third-party support for older versions of the operating system.This move will greatly improve the widget panel, but it’s not clear whether the tech giant will allow Microsoft Apps listed on the Store.

It is likely that more developers will start working with Microsoft to develop new widgets for Windows 11. This may be earlier than expected, because the company hopes that the feature will be ready by the summer of 2022.

As part of the Sun Valley 2 update, the Windows widget board will be moved to the left side of the screen, and users will be able to view weather updates directly on the taskbar, similar to Windows 10 News and interest widgets on the taskbar.

Previous reports indicate that Microsoft plans toIn the summer of 2022, Windows 11 version 22H2 “Sun Valley 2” will be launched. The release date is not surprising, as it will be the anniversary update of the operating system, and the late summer launch will remain consistent with the original version of the main version.

In addition to the new widget experience, Sun Valley 2 is expected to add drag-and-drop functionality on the taskbar, improve the start menu, and introduce support for new customization options.

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