Windows 11 stable gets updated Widgets
In December 2012, Microsoft released a Windows 11 preview that allowed the use of Windows Widgets without a Microsoft account, a much-needed change that made Widgets more available, especially as third-party products began to appear in the Microsoft Store. After months of testing, Widgets without a Microsoft Account is now in the stable channel, making this change available to all Windows 11 users.
If you prefer to use Windows 11 with a local account, opening the Widgets Board will bring up the default widget layout and news feed. You can remove existing widgets and add new ones by clicking the button with the plus sign. Of course, the company still wants you to use a Microsoft account, so you'll get an extra banner asking you to sign in.
To get the latest improvements to Windows Widgets, you must install Windows Web Experience Pack version 423.3000.10.0 or later. You can download it from the Microsoft Store by following this link. If you are not a fan of Windows Widgets and prefer not to use them, using winget to uninstall the Web Experience Pack is one way to get rid of them.
Unfortunately, Windows Widgets are still mixed with often poor quality items, and the high sentiment says that they don't improve the user experience. The ability to turn off the feed is the most popular user request, and one can only hope that Microsoft will finally deliver what its customers want.
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