Windows 11 Third-Party Widgets Coming to Microsoft Store Soon

One of the hot new features in Windows 11 is the Widget Panel or Board, which is a new feature for accessing Microsoft News, Weather Updates, Microsoft To Do, Microsoft Store content, and more. Moreover. These widgets are similar to Android widgets (they are small graphical web applications), accessible directly from the widgets panel.

The widget table aims to provide information at a glance. In addition to news, these also include weather, sports, stocks, and more. You can customize the widget table by adding or removing features or you can also customize the widgets to show only certain information you want.

The Widgets card currently only supports Microsoft widgets and the options are quite limited as you can only access apps such as To Do, Photos, and Movies & TV. Although the widgets table shares some similarities with the “widgets” function of Windows 7 and the Vista era, it does not support third-party applications.

That may soon change, according to the updated widget manifesto in recent Windows 11 preview builds.

Windows 11 is apparently set to get third-party widget support through the Microsoft Store later this year. A whole range of third-party widgets could become available in the Microsoft Store, according to a new reference that says “Download new widgets and widget updates in the Microsoft Store.”

So the theory is that third-party widget support will arrive via Microsoft Store, with the company bringing back what we had in Windows Vista, but you won’t be able to pin widgets to the desktop.

At this time, API support for third-party widgets is not included in the operating system and there may not be third-party widgets in the initial Sun Valley incarnation 2 (aka Windows 11 version 22H2).

Needless to say, third-party support will open up the Widget Table to many new widgets and potentially unlock Windows 11’s WebView capabilities.

That may well change based on testing and feedback. However, sources close to Microsoft have confirmed that the company is already testing some third-party widgets with a small group of developers, which may be released later this year.

Full screen support for widgets

Windows 11 Fullscreen Widgets

During its hybrid working event, Microsoft unveiled a number of new features for Windows 11 and native apps. This includes support for tabs in File Explorer and an option to toggle the widget panel into full-screen mode, similar to the full Start menu in Windows 10 and Windows 8.

At the moment, the Widgets panel opens on the left side of the screen and users have to scroll down the feed to access the rest of the widgets. You’ll soon be able to expand the Widgets panel in Windows 11 to take up the full screen and access more news content from Microsoft Start.

It will also support work and personal accounts and access OneDrive photos through a personal widget account widget.

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