One of the most striking novelties of Windows 11 is the presence of widgets. Those that appear when you press the Widgets button docked to the taskbar and relate to Microsoft applications. For now, they are very limited, but it seems that Microsoft is trying to allow third-party widgets.
So far, widgets allow very limited use as they are limited to Microsoft tools and applications. Now, according to a developer, the company is working on enabling third-party developments that would make this tool more interesting for the user.
Widgets open to third parties
It was the developer FireCube, via his Twitter account, who took care of echoing this possibility. Due to a change in Microsoft’s app store policies, third-party developers will be able to create widgets for use in Windows 11.
Information about third-party widgets, publishing widgets and more. Looks like Microsoft will officially announce third-party widgets soon. #Windows11 pic.twitter.com/ASRD98IMI6
— FireCube (@FireCubeStudios) January 16, 2022
According to FireCube, the API will be open and unmanaged applications will be able to create widgets. It is even speculated that these might be compatible with using web pages, which would make them similar to Live Tiles in Windows 10.
At this point we can access the widget panel using the Windows + W keyboard shortcut or by clicking on the corresponding icon. Below the widgets, you will have the Featured News panel and the rest of the News Feed. Currently, here are some of the available widgets:
Weather Checklist Calendar To Do Photos Tips Sports Traffic Movie & TV
The fact that Microsoft allows support for third-party widgets may give a boost to a utility that has become a feature of Windows 11 and which currently offers too many limitations in its use.
Through | MSPU