Windows 11 Gets Third-party widgets and enhancements package


Windows 11 started receiving Patch Tuesday (14), whose highlight is the “Moment 2” update. Users of version 22H2 should receive interesting features, such as support for third-party widgets and traditional bug fixing.

Moment 2 was already available to Windows Insiders as an optional upgrade. However, improvements are mandatory for those using the most up-to-date Windows 11.


Third-party widgets

Support for third-party widgets was added to Windows 11 in this update. Programs and services can offer utilities for quick access to resources, accessible directly from the Widgets frame, accessible through the button in the lower left corner. Spotify and Link to Mobile can be pinned in place, as can Facebook Messenger.

Another relevant change is in the system’s Task Manager. It now has a search bar to make it easier to search for the desired process: type in the desired names instead of looking at them individually.

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New Apps and Redesigns

Notepad improvements also land in this release — the plain text editor now has tab support, bug fixes, and more stability. The tab structure is inspired by internet browsers and allows switching between two or more files being edited.

The Capture Tool was another one that underwent a welcome shower in terms of features, and now, in addition to taking screenshots, it can also record videos. It doesn’t support advanced features like audio or editing, but it’s a huge help for anyone who needs to capture monitor footage quickly.


Touchscreen shortcuts and enhancements

Build KB5023706 brings improvements to the Taskbar for touchscreen users. This feature hides application icons to free up more space for the UI.

Also new is the ability to access Windows Studio Effects effects from the Taskbar quick settings. The change allows you to apply video effects to the camera and audio to the microphone, making it possible to blur the background or cancel background noise with just one click.

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Persons with disabilities can take advantage of the voice commands and Braille experience. The Narrator app now supports more external device drivers, which should expand the compatibility of accessible products with Windows 11.


It is worth remembering that the update also brings minor improvements, such as correcting a failure when copying large files and a bug that prevented access by PIN or fingerprint. There are at least a dozen stability tweaks to ensure system optimization.

Unfortunately, those who are still in the original version of Windows should not be contemplated with most of today’s news. The tip then is to upgrade as soon as possible to Windows 11 22H2, released in the second half of last year. It is possible that the company is already developing the 23H2 version, as indicated by a leak, so it is past time to migrate.

Rohit is a certified Microsoft Windows expert with a passion for simplifying technology. With years of hands-on experience and a knack for problem-solving, He is dedicated to helping individuals and businesses make the most of their Windows systems. Whether it's troubleshooting, optimization, or sharing expert insights,