Microsoft is planning to support third-party widgets inside Windows 11 later this year. At its annual Build developer conference today, the software giant said it will open access to Windows 11 widgets to developers as a companion to Windows’ win32 apps or PWAs. surname.
Currently, the widget system of Windows 11 is limited to the original widgets created by Microsoft, and the selection is also quite limited. Microsoft has built widgets for its Outlook and To Do apps, but most of the rest are web-enabled widgets that display the weather, entertainment or news feed in a dedicated Windows 11 widget panel. .
“We’re fueled by customer feedback on Widgets so far, people are enjoying quick access to the content that matters,” said Panos Panay, head of devices and Windows. for them in a way that is seamless without disrupting their process.” “Starting later this year, you’ll be able to start building Widgets as a companion experience for your Win32 apps and PWAs on Windows 11, powered by the Adaptive Cards platform.”
Microsoft didn’t give full details about its widget packages today, but it’s encouraging to know that this part of the Windows 11 operating system will soon be open to third parties. The news comes just days after Microsoft started testing new desktop widgets for Windows 11 with a web search bar. So far, widgets have been hidden in a dedicated panel in Windows 11, but it looks like Microsoft is getting ready to make them more available on the desktop soon.