Windows 11 Prepares to Bring Back Desktop Widgets

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If you remember adding “gadgets” to the desktop of a computer running on Windows XP, such as a calendar or a ‘mechanical’ clock, some people might say that you’re too old. But that’s certainly not what we think! We’re actually here to say that XP was one of the best operating systems of its time.

Those “gadgets” were also very interesting, and many users were craving for them when they saw that Microsoft didn’t include them in other Windows versions. However, starting in Windows 10, Microsoft offers users the possibility of carefully looking for similar apps in the official store. There are lots of them that imitate what a “gadget” could do in Windows XP, but you know what they say that nothing beats the original!

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25120 brings back Widgets

According to, Microsoft’s Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25120 that began to roll out for testers in the Dev Channel brings the possibility of adding widgets once again. There’s only one widget available for testing, however, and that’s a web search bar similar to Google’s famous search engine.

In a blog post, Microsoft said, as the same source mentioned above quotes:

Windows Insiders who use the Dev Channel may get to try out new ideas, longer lead features, and experiences that are intended to help validate concepts. Starting with this preview build, some Insiders will see one of these conceptual features as we begin to explore exposing lightweight interactive content on the Windows desktop.

It’s already been more than six months since Windows 11 was released, meaning that Microsoft has all the time in the world to improve it and take into account the feedback of users.

Until now, desktop Widgets for Windows 11 are nothing more than an experiment, so it’s not clear if we’ll see more of them on Microsoft’s last operating system or not.

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