Windows 11 comes with a brand new and improved interface. Widgets have received a number of smaller improvements in Windows 10 over the years, and got a brand new design and functionality when compared to Windows 7 and earlier versions, however it changes again.
The widgets will get a fresh new coat of paint and have a brand new design. It will look more modern and much cleaner. Widgets will also be a lot different in some ways. The section will receive the “News & Interests” section, which was introduced in Windows 10 not that long ago. If you’ve seen the widgets on MacOS Big Sur, you’ll likely feel right at home as the feature seems very similar to what the competition is offering. You can access widgets with a swipe from the left edge on your screen, or via a dedicated button on your taskbar.
Once the panel is open, you will be greeted with the time on the top and the widgets underneath it. Of course, this can be customizable and tweaked to your needs and preferences. The background of the panel will be blurred and it will fly out from the left side, overlapping whatever window you might have open in the background.
We’ve not had a hands-on yet with Windows 11, but others are mentioning that upon clicking on widgets, you’ll get a pop-up window with whatever app you’ve clicked on, for example; if you click on the weather widget to see more, the weather app will pop-up on your screen, displaying more information. This is likely similar to the stocks and the news feed, and every other app that is present. It remains to be seen whether the widgets can have any functionality, or if they can only present information.
What are your thoughts about the new widgets panel? Do you like it? Let us know in the comments!