Windows 10 taskbar is getting a collapsible news and interests feed that won’t distract you

Microsoft is about to make the Windows 10 taskbar a lot more useful and in a neat, non-distracting way. Ever found yourself opening a new browser tab to check the latest news or match score, or launching an app to see the weather info while working? I do it, a lot. Thankfully, Microsoft is adding a collapsible news and interests feed to the Windows 10 taskbar that is just a click away and won’t push your ongoing workflow to the background.

Currently available for Windows Insiders only

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“With news and interests on the Windows taskbar, you get quick access to an integrated feed of dynamic content such as news and weather that updates throughout the day,” explains Microsoft. The news and interests feed has arrived with the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21286 that is being rolled out for Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel.

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The collapsible news and interests feed in action (Image: Microsoft)

The news and interests feed can be fully personalized to show you news headlines, sports updates, weather information, and a lot more. Microsoft says the feed can be populated with content from over 4,500 international publications that include the likes of The New York Times and BBC to name a few.

The news and interests feed is customizable

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And the best part is that when you click on an article, it opens in a ‘streamlined reading view’ with minimal distractions so that your workflow remains intact. And in case you don’t find it interesting, just right click on the taskbar to turn off the news and interests feed.

Users can register their preference for the kind of stories they like in their news and interests feed on the Windows 10 taskbar with dedicated “More stories like this” or “Fewer stories like this” buttons. Additionally, the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard offers controls that will allow users to see and limit ad-tracking.

Users will need to have Edge browser on their system though

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As mentioned above, the new news and interests feed on the Windows 10 taskbar is only rolling out with the Build 21286 for Windows Insiders. And to make it work, users are required to install the latest build of Microsoft’s Edge browser that is based on the Chromium engine. It must also be noted that the new feature is currently limited to testers in Australia, Canada, India, UK, and the US.

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Go to Settings > System > Storage and click the Manage Storage Spaces under “More storage settings” to get started.

This feature is rolling out to a subset of Insiders in the Dev Channel at first, to help us quickly identify issues that may impact performance and reliability. Rest assured they will be gradually rolled out to everyone in the Dev Channel.

Introducing New File System Command Line Tool DiskUsage

As some Insiders have noticed, we’re working on an enhancement to the file system utilities family – called DiskUsage, enabling users to view and query disk space usage via the command line. With DiskUsage, you can now track files and directories which are consuming excessive amount of space on the drive. It scans the specified directory recursively or the entire drive with detailed information on how much each subfolder is using. It also supports extensive filtering and output customization options.

For example: >> diskusage /d:1

This will display the used space under each folder of the current directory.

Get started today by typing diskusage /? in a command line window for more options and usage information.

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The latest Windows 10 update also makes it extremely easy to create a storage pool or manage a disk, which means you no longer have to struggle with the whole partition fuss. All this can be done from the Storage Spaces inside the Settings app, as you can see in the GIF above.


Nadeem Sarwar

I’ve been writing about consumer technology for over three years now, having worked with names such as NDTV and Beebom in the past. Aside from covering the latest news, I’ve reviewed my fair share of devices ranging from smartphones and laptops to smart home devices. I also have interviewed tech execs and appeared as a host in YouTube videos talking about the latest and greatest gadgets out there.

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