New details of Windows 10’s upcoming taskbar feed feature revealed

Windows 10 taskbar feature

In January, Microsoft confirmed that it’s working on a Google
Discover-like
news and weather feed for Windows 10 taskbar. This feature
is currently available to testers in the Insider program and it
would be optional, which means you can always hide it on the
taskbar.

Microsoft wants to make it easier for users to access important
headlines, finance information and weather forecast directly
from the taskbar. It is officially called “News and interests”
and it uses the MSN feed to enable quick access to dynamic
content such as headlines, sports, finance, and weather.

Based on references spotted in the preview builds, it’s clear
that the feed is based on Windows Search (not Chromium Edge).

Taskbar update

In the preview builds, the news feed interface is using
“Microsoft.Windows.Search”, which is located under Windows >
SystemApps folder and it is also responsible for the default
Windows Search experience.

Although the newsfeed is based on Windows Search, a new
process will still run in the background to update the feed
throughout the day.

Taskbar newsfeed

As you can see in the above screenshot, the “News and
interests” feature of the taskbar will appear as “Feeds” or
“Search application” in Task Manager. In our tests, we observed
that the taskbar newsfeed uses up to 150MB of memory on the
virtual machines with 4GB, 6GB and 8GB of RAM.

However, the memory usage is normally zero when the news and
weather feed is not actively looking for new contents or
weather forecasts.

Newsfeed in Task Manager

Microsoft says that users will be able to personalize their
feed and disable the irrelevant contents, which should bring
down the resources usage. For now, the newsfeed in the Windows
10 taskbar will show the headlines from global brands, such as
The New York Times and BBC.

It’s also worth noting that Microsoft is still experimenting
with the idea and it will eventually get better. For example, a
preview build recently enabled a new design that makes the feed
even more colourful and modern.

Windows 10 taskbar newsfeed

At the moment, Windows Insiders can access the news and weather
features in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and
India.

Just like the
Meet Now feature, it’s likely that Microsoft will also add
the taskbar newsfeed to older versions of the operating system,
such as version 21H1 and version 20H2.

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