Windows 10’s taskbar feed feature update released, but not for everyone

Windows 10 taskbar feature

Announced in April, Windows 10’s new taskbar feed feature
called “News and Interests” is now available, but a lot of
users are reporting that the widget is not enabled even after
applying
Windows 10 KB5001391.

For those unaware, taskbar feed, also known as “Windows Feeds”
is a news feed built on top of Microsoft’s news network. It’s
going to be built right into the taskbar and it will be updated
automatically. When enabled, you don’t have to go to the
browser to get the news or weather updates.

The feature is optional and you can easily remove it by
right-clicking on it. You can also personalize it by using
options like “More stories like this” or “Fewer stories like
this” for various news topics. According to the company, the
news will come from over 4,500 sources such as BBC, CNN and Fox
News.

Taskbar newsfeed

In the release notes of the KB5001391 update, Microsoft
announced the availability of the “News and Interests” feed.
Unfortunately, the feature isn’t available yet for all users,
according to several user reports. It looks like a wider
rollout is not expected until the end of the month.

Microsoft is aware of this and the company isn’t moving away
from these staggered rollouts anytime soon. The company
believes that releasing features to a few users could improve
the quality of the update and allow the tech giant to catch any
big bugs before rolling out to everyone is the better solution.

In tests, we observed that the feature cannot be force enabled
using Group Policy Editor or Registry Editor.

For those uninitiated, the taskbar newsfeed feature can be
managed via the following directory in Registry editor:

  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindows Feeds

You can also manage the taskbar newsfeed with Group Policy
Editor. In Group Policy Editor, navigate to Computer
Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows
Components and “News and interests” would be visible.

In some cases, users who have received the feature observed
that the “News and Interests” feed crashes with a blank window,
but it can be restored by restarting Windows Explorer
(Explorer.exe).

In the coming weeks, News and Interests feed will be enabled
automatically with a server-side update. More users are
expected to receive the feature on May 11, while others will
get it by the end of the month or in June.

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