Windows 11 Taskbar gets widgets with dynamic content

Microsoft rolls out new Taskbar notifications for the Widgets icon on Windows 11.

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  • Microsoft makes available dynamic content for the Taskbar’s Widgets icon.
  • The new update will bring sports, finance, and breaking news alerts in addition to weather.
  • You can turn the feature off if you don’t want to see notifications.

On Windows 11, Microsoft is now rolling out an updated version of the Taskbar widgets system with dynamic content for all users. Although the Widgets icon in the Taskbar has been able to show notifications for weather for some time, the update brings more alerts with new animations for sports, finance, and breaking news information.

According to the company (via The Verge), typically, you will see weather information, but if something important happens, the icon will show the latest announcement. These notifications are meant to be quick and glanceable. After some time, if you don’t interact with them, the Taskbar will return to the weather information.

The feature has been in the works for some time, and it was previously expected to arrive with version 22H2, but the company is making it available now through a new Windows Web Experience Pack update.

Although this feature may be useful for many people, it’s not something everyone wants since it can add unnecessary distractions.

Taskbar dynamic widgets
Taskbar dynamic widgets (Source: Microsoft)

If you don’t need this feature, you can permanently remove the Widgets icon from the Taskbar by going to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar and turning off the Widgets toggle switch from the “Taskbar items” section.