Microsoft has released the new taskbar option the company has been working on since the beginning of the year. The new option is called “news and interests” and will be immediately viewable as a small weather preview/icon within the taskbar that can be clicked on to bring up a full interactive popup filled with news, weather, stocks, sports, traffic, and other informative information within one summarized location. A little more informative than what you find within the start menu’s live tiles.
Unlike the start menu, it does break away from the Metro theme of things that Windows has carried since Windows 8 and follows along with the other widgets and options within the taskbar like Cortana, search, people, and timeline. In fact, it takes on a familiar visual to Apple’s Access Control Center in iOS.
The new feature is slowly rolling out as we speak (or, type this out) within the latest April update and can be found by manually triggering an update search within Windows Settings’ update section (if it hasn’t already bugged you with a restart yet).
You do have the option of turning it off, just like anything else in the taskbar. Although, if you have been a fan of being able to catch all of the latest updates on a single screen at a touch of a button, it is a nice feature to have.