Microsoft rolls out taskbar widget, enables Linux GUI apps for Windows 10

If you have become used to your Windows 10 taskbar, a massive change is about to happen.

From now on, you will be able to view weather and news information directly from the taskbar.

Microsoft is sourcing its news from more than 4,500 sources.

To show you the most relevant news, Microsoft employs AI that pays attention to what you like and dismiss in your news feed and determines which articles best suit your interests.

In addition, the widget can display stocks and sports.

To use it, you must enable it first.

After that, you can personalise it at will.

The rollout has begun for those who opted into the April 2021 cumulative update preview for Windows 10.

You can expect a broader availability over the course of the following weeks.

In other news, developers will now be able to test Linux GUI apps on Windows 10.

After adding a full Linux kernel to Windows 10 last year, this is a major extension for Windows Subsystem for Linux.

Windows 10 Insiders will be the first to take advantage of the new feature.

With its help, you will be able to run the following:

  • GUI editors
  • Applications
  • Tools

This will allow you to build and test Linux apps.

Previously, a third-party X server was required if you wanted to run Linux GUI apps.

However, with official support from Microsoft, you can now also count on GPU acceleration, which ensures that your apps will run smoothly.

Moreover, it comes with microphone and audio support out of the box, thus allowing developers to test communication apps without hurdles.

To use it, it will not be necessary to manually start an X server or enable X11 forwarding.

Upon starting a Linux GUI app, Windows automatically launches X server, Wayland, pulse audio server, and other necessary components.

For those who are interested, Windows Insider build 21364 is required.