Microsoft Follows Google with a New News Feed Widget in the Windows 10 Taskbar

New Windows 10 Taskbar News Feed Widget Debuts

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Microsoft is experimenting with a new Windows 10 taskbar feed featuring the latest news and weather, copying rival Google, but it’s ad-free…

With the total tear-down and rebuilding of its Edge web browser, Microsoft is also making some notable changes to its Windows 10 operating system. One such example is the new addition of a news and weather widget which is now appearing within the Windows 10 taskbar. It pops out as mini feed, which can be personalized. It displays the latest headlines, sports news, and weather forecast. 

New Windows 10 Taskbar News Feed Widget Debuts

The new Windows 10 news feed widget is only available in the developers’ channel, accessible to Windows Insiders. And, it’s only appearing in five markets: US, Canada, UK, Australia, and India. What’s more, it requires Microsoft’s new Chromium-powered Edge browser to run. (Meaning any content clicked will open Edge’s reading view by default.) However, it doesn’t include ads, though it is populated by over 4,500 sources. Microsoft writes on its Windows Insider Blog:

“With news and interests on the Windows taskbar, you get quick access to an integrated feed of dynamic content such as news and weather that updates throughout the day.

You can personalize your feed with relevant content tailored for you. Instead of switching between apps or your PC and phone to stay up to date with the news and interests you care about – seamlessly peek into your feed directly from the taskbar anytime you want throughout your day.”

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