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Windows 11 will get support for third-party widgets

Microsoft reveals that Windows 11 will get support for third-party widgets later in the year.

Windows 11 third-party widgets
  • Microsoft to open widgets to third-party developers.
  • Windows 11 third-party widgets are expected in the coming months.

According to Microsoft’s announcement during its Build 2022 developer conference, Windows 11 is expected to receive support for third-party widgets in the coming months.

On Windows 11, widgets are small applications that can show updates and other information from a specific service, similar to the Live Tiles on Windows 10 or widgets in macOS.

Currently, the operating system offers a few widgets created by Microsoft, such as weather, to-do, traffic, news, and a few others. However, the news now means that developers will soon be able to build widgets for their applications using the Adaptive Cards platform, whether they are progressive web or traditional desktop apps.

Technically, the announcement isn’t new since the company last year said that it would open the widgets platform to developers. However, this new announcement confirms that the support will be available soon, even though the company isn’t saying exactly when.

The news comes only days after Microsoft revealed a new widget to search the web from the desktop on Windows 11.