The taskbar news & interests rolled out for older Windows OSs

Sinziana Mihalache
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  • Windows Insiders running on 20H2 or v2004 OSs can now test the news and interests widget in KB5001391.
  • The interests widget is available for testing and users are encouraged to submit feedback.
  • The rollout of the news and interests taskbar feature in Preview Channel is the only notable improvement in the latest build.
  • No other changes have been added to the news feed widget. 
news and interests widget in taskbar

The news and interests taskbar widget that Microsoft has been testing for the past weeks now is available as of yesterday on Windows 10 20H2 and v2004 respectively.

As expected, the widget is only out for those part of the Insider program that are running on the respective system versions.

For now, Microsoft wants to test the feature and encourages feedback to further improve it.

The only notable change in the latest KB5001391

newsfeed widget

The Windows newsfeed is a long-awaited feature that Microsoft has been happily announcing as part of the user customization approach adopted by the Redmond giant recently.

It will allow users to set interests and filter browsing according to a predefined list of categories. Counting on simplicity, the widget is easy to set up. Further on, the displayed content is also conveniently filtered.

The widget has been slowly rolled out with the past preview builds for developers running on newer Windows versions. Along with the latest 20H2 Build Preview Build 19042.962 (KB5001391), those on older systems can also test it. 

News and interests on the taskbar make it easy to stay up to date with information at a glance, and we look forward to hearing what you think.

Actually, this might be the only notable detail in the latest build. Apart from several fixes and improvements brought to the Windows Server Storage Migration Service, the other fixes focus on disparate processes.

The newsfeed widget will not only have a Manage my interests option, but also a Tune your feed one. This way, users can also choose the publishers, subjects and news that they want to read.

So, for now, if you’re excited about this new feature, go on and subscribe to the Insider program to test it out.

Otherwise, you’ll have to wait for the Sun Valley Windows 10 Update which everybody expects to be launched this spring. It will probably include this taskbar feature as well.

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