Widget support from third-party developers will appear in the Windows 11 operating system before the end of this year. Microsoft announced this at the Build 2022 annual developer conference. Developers will be able to create widgets, including those that work in pair with Win32 and PWA apps.
Currently, Windows 11 only supports widgets from Microsoft, most of which are simple mini apps for showing a weather forecast, news and entertainment content.
“We’re energized by the customer feedback on Widgets to date, people are enjoying the quick access to content most important to them in a way that is seamless without breaking their flow,” says Panos Panay, head of devices and Windows. “Beginning later this year you’ll be able to start building Widgets as companion experiences for your Win32 and PWA apps on Windows 11, powered by the Adaptive Cards platform.”
Unfortunately, Microsoft didn't reveal any extra details on the widget development for Windows 11. However, the Redmond firm has already started testing widgets for the desktop in the current Insider builds. You can now enable the Desktop search widget in the Dev channel builds. Quite possible that in the future mini apps will run outside of the widget pane.
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