Microsoft to bring back weather widget on Windows 11 taskbar

Microsoft will be bringing back its weather widget on the Windows 11 taskbar. It's a feature that originally debuted in Windows 10, providing live weather conditions and quick access to the broader widget and news feed.

Windows 11 removed this taskbar integration in favour of a separate widgets panel, though. According to The Verge, Amanda Langowski, Microsoft's Windows Insider chief explained in a blog, “We are trying out showing the Widgets entry point on the left side of your taskbar with live weather content. You can also open the Widgets board by simply hovering over the entry point.”

The weather widget will be displayed on the left side of the taskbar by default or as an additional icon if you have your Windows 11 taskbar aligned to the left.

Alongside the taskbar changes, Microsoft has also announced a new Voice Access feature for Windows 11. “Voice access is a new experience that enables everyone, including people with mobility disabilities, to control their PC and author text using their voice,” said Langowski.

Voice Access will support opening apps, switching between them, and activities like browsing the web or reading and composing emails. Once enabled, you can use commands like “open Word” to open Microsoft's word-processing app, or even say “click” to select items.

Voice Access appears to be a combination of Microsoft's various speech recognition tools in Windows over the years. It's not yet clear when Voice Access will be available for all Windows 11 users, and Microsoft said new features will show up in future annual Windows releases or as part of monthly servicing releases, as per The Verge.

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