- Microsoft will let third-party developers offer widgets for Windows 11
- At present, Windows 11 supports only 11 native widgets
- Windows 11 will support third-party widgets later this year
Windows 11 will support third-party widgets soon. The company is expected to share more details on it through the ongoing Build 2022 developers conference. However, the company has confirmed through its official blog that it will let third-party developers offer widgets for Windows 11. It further mentioned that Windows 11 will support third-party widgets beginning later this year.
The Widgets pane, which sits at the bottom-left corner of the screen, was one of the new features introduced with Windows 11. At present, Microsoft offers 11 native widgets on Windows 11. These include things such as Family Safety, Outlook Calendar, To Do, Tips, Traffic, Weather, Watchlist, Sports, Photos, Gaming, and Entertainment. The ability to add third-party widgets will make Windows 11’s Widgets feature all the more useful.
Windows 11 widgets: third-party widgets, desktop widgets expected in future
The official blog states that it will provide access to Windows 11 widgets to developers. It will allow them to build widgets for their Win32 and PWA apps on Windows 11, powered by the Adaptive Cards platform.
As far as end-users are concerned, the third-party widgets will automatically show up in the Widgets pane when a user installs an app that has a widget to offer. So, even if the app is closed, users will be able to access its features through its dedicated widget available in the Widgets pane.
Microsoft will be releasing the Windows 11 version 22H2 update later this year. It remains to be seen whether it will arrive with support for third-party widgets.
In related news, Kevin Gallo, Microsoft’s head of the developer platform, recently said that the company is exploring other places where widgets could appear in Windows. Last week, it added an optional web search widget to the Windows 11 desktop in the latest Insider Preview Build. This indicates that it could be planned to add widgets to the desktop in the future.