What you need to know
- Microsoft is announcing the general availability of a new Taskbar feature.
- The feature will begin rolling out in the next few weeks.
- Users on version 1909 and up will get the new feature.
Microsoft has today announced that a new Taskbar feature will begin rolling out to Windows 10 users on version 1909, 2004, 20H2, and 21H1 in the next several weeks, making this the first significant feature to be added to a version of Windows that has already shipped.
In the past, new Windows features usually show up as part of a new version of Windows 10, but Microsoft is adding this new feature to versions of Windows that shipped over a year ago. The new feature is called “News and Interests” and places a widget on the Taskbar that gives you at-a-glance weather info, and the latest news from MSN.com.
Microsoft has been testing these features with Insiders in the Dev Channel for a handful of months, which lead many to believe it was a feature that would roll out as part of the 21H2 update this fall. But instead, Microsoft is backporting the feature to 21H1, which will release next month, 20H2 and 2004, both released throughout 2020, and 1909, released in fall 2019.
Are you excited to see Microsoft adding new features to already shipped versions of Windows? Will you use the new News and Interests feature? Let us know in the comments.