Spotify and Phone Link widgets arrive in Windows 11 Dev Channel previews

Microsoft has released a new version of Windows 11 for Insiders in the Dev channel, along with two new widgets for Phone Link and Spotify.

Microsoft released its weekly version of Windows 11 to Insiders in the Dev channel, and with it, some important additions are also here. Last week the company launched its first third-party widget for Windows 11 with the Meta Messenger app, and this week there’s another – Spotify – coming with Windows 11 build 25290. This new widget gives you access Quick to your playlists so you can start playing them right away.

Plus, there’s a new widget for Microsoft’s own Phone Link app. Although developed by Microsoft, this widget is not web-based like the widgets Windows 11 had before. This is actually based on the Phone Link app, and it can show you content like your phone’s battery information as well as recent messages from it.

Screenshot of Windows 11 Widgets panel with Spotify and Phone Link widgets

As usual, to get these widgets, you will just need to update the apps to the latest versions available on the Microsoft Store. Next, open the Widgets panel and click on + to add a widget, where you should find your installed apps. You should also start to see more widgets become available now that the Windows App SDK 1.2 allows developers to create them, although they are still exclusive to the Dev channel build.

In addition to the new widgets, Windows 11 build 25290 brings only a small change to the Start menu, especially to the user menu. Microsoft is experimenting with a new user interface that displays alerts when you may need to perform certain actions related to your account. For example, you may be prompted to create a backup of your data using OneDrive.

Screenshot of two different design approaches tested for Start menu badges in Windows 11

That’s about it in terms of user-facing changes, but there’s also the usual round of fixes. Notably, Microsoft fixed an issue that prevented Arm64 devices from being able to update to a new version. Here is the full list:

There are also known issues, as you’d expect with any preview build. Here’s what you need to be aware of:

If you’re signed up to the Insider Program Dev Channel, you can grab the latest build now by checking for updates in the Settings app. New widgets don’t require the latest version, although you should be running a relatively recent version.

Source: Microsoft

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