Windows 11 is in the last phase of testing and the final build
of the operating system could be signed off as soon as early
September. Reports have suggested that
Windows 11 will be released in the production channel in late
October and users in the Release Preview Ring should be
able to test the update in September.
Microsoft still has the time to introduce new changes including
support for Android apps and new features for the taskbar. But
as it turns out, the downgraded taskbar is a deliberate design
choice by Microsoft and it looks like the company won’t make
any big changes for now.
As we reported recently, Windows 11 taskbar doesn’t come with a
full-fledged right-click (context) menu and
it is no longer possible to drag a file or app to the
taskbar. At that time, we also discovered that the modern
taskbar does not allow users to ungroup items/apps.
In addition to these limitations, it looks like Microsoft has
also removed features from the taskbar calendar flyout.
On Windows 10, you can click on the clock icon on the right
side of your taskbar to access the calendar flyout. This panel
is integrated with Windows 10’s built-in Calendar app and it
lets you add events to the calendar which is synced across your
devices connected to the same Microsoft/Outlook/Exchange
With Windows 11, Microsoft has removed events integration from
the calendar flyout and it is no longer possible to view your
Initially, users assumed that it was a bug and it would be
fixed ahead of the rumoured October 2021 release. But as it
turns out, this isn’t a bug at all, according to a statement
This is a deliberate design change to promote the Windows
Widgets panel where you can view events and others activities.
“Thank you so much for giving us your feedback. While we’ll
continue to use your feedback to guide the future of features
like this, currently on Windows 11, there is a calendar option
in the new widgets experience that you can use to quickly see
your personal calendar and its events,” the company said in a
Feedback Hub post upvoted by more
than 1,000 users.
Unsurprisingly, users are not happy with these limitations and
they want a proper taskbar back.
“Widget does not have all your calendars and is full of news
and unnecessary stuff. Please make it available as before, as
it was PERFECT, and you had the option to create events for
whatever accounts you have linked at the spot,” one user noted
in the Feedback Hub.
“The calendar widget only shows my Microsoft account calendar.
I use other calendars as well and I need to see them all
together. The web widgets are not that useful and I prefer to
see all my events on the calendar flyout,” another user wrote
Windows 11 calendar flyout and taskbar is losing another
Starting with Windows 11, you can no view time in seconds when
you click on the clock icon on the right side of the taskbar.
“You can add up to two clocks to the flyout if you’d like. The
option is under Settings > Time & Language > Date & Time
> Additional Clocks. Please note, at this time showing
the seconds in the flyout is not supported, however your
interest in this has been shared with the team for future
consideration,” Microsoft said.
Similarly, it is no longer possible to edit the registry to
make the clock in the taskbar directly display seconds. This
registry hack, which was introduced with Windows 10, has been
disabled in Windows 11 builds.
“Thanks for taking the time to share feedback about this,” the
company added. We’re sorry, this is not a supported registry
key for Windows 11.”
Microsoft hasn’t revealed when it plans to enable support for
these missing features in the operating system.