Microsoft has introduced new Spotify and Phone Link widgets for Windows 11.
Previously, Microsoft announced its first third-party Windows 11 widget with Meta’s Messenger, a preview version of the app available in the Microsoft Store with support for the widgets, where users can view the latest messages directly from the widget tray. Now, it has added two more third-party widgets to the operating system.
Spotify and Phone Link widgets on Windows 11 allow users to control the music and Android devices, easily
Microsoft announced the two new widgets for Windows 11 insider build 25290, which just rolled out to the Dev Channel. The two new third-party widgets are Spotify and Phone Link.
Spotify widgets will highlight playlists and other music users may want to listen to. The Phone Link widget displays recent notifications, the phone’s battery status, and more information about the user’s Android phone. These widgets will make Microsoft’s widget system in Windows 11 a lot more useful.
Users can easily add Spotify and Phone Link widgets via the widgets board.
Spotify and Phone Link are now rolling out preview versions of their widgets as well. To give them a try, go to the widgets collection in the Microsoft Store and update to the latest version of the apps. Then open the widgets board and navigate to the widgets picker by clicking the “+” button at the top-right of the board to pin your widgets.
The company also announced a new user account alert will be available in Start when the user has incomplete account settings. The alerts will include setting up OneDrive cloud backup for local files and will appear as a badge above the user account profile picture within Start.
The announcement also mentions that more widgets will be available in the future, as more and more developers create widgets.
You should expect to see additional new widgets as more developers create and release widgets for their apps. All developers can now create widgets for their Microsoft Store apps on Windows 11 with the Windows App SDK 1.2.
- Windows 11 begins auto-updating 21H2 users to new 22H2
- Apple stops signing iOS 16.2, impossible to downgrade from iOS 16.3
- White House calls on Apple and Google to do better in reference to their app stores
- Windows 11’s File Explorer to get a modern design, a new home button, and more
- Microsoft is working on a new ‘ReFS’ file system for Windows 11