Microsoft is rolling out News and Interests on the Windows taskbar in the coming weeks

Screenshot of a new feature in the Windows taskbar called News and Interests

Earlier this year, Microsoft began testing a new feature on the Windows taskbar with Windows Insiders on the Dev channel. It's called News and Interests, which is basically a widget where you can glance at personalized content including weather updates and the latest news based on your interests.

Today, Microsoft announced that it's rolling out the new feature to some consumers over the next few weeks. A wider rollout is also scheduled in the coming months. The feature allows you to quickly gain access to news, sports, traffic, and stocks from various sources. And if you hover over the weather icon, you'll see the latest weather info in your area without having to open your browser or launch an app.

The widget sits in the taskbar and it's automatically updated. This means all topics of interest to you will show up in the taskbar without you manually finding these pieces of information in disparate places.

Screenshot of a new feature in the Windows taskbar called News and Interests

You can also choose what type of information appears in the widget. To personalize your content, you can pick the topics you'd like to see or select the sources you trust. You can also adjust the weather update display type as either an icon only or an icon with text. There's an option, of course, to disable the icon.

Microsoft previously released improvements and fixes to the News and Interests widget as part of the Windows 10 Insider Preview build 21292 a few days after putting it to the test.

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