Spotify and Phone Link tools are coming in Windows 11 Dev Channel Previews

Microsoft released a new version of Windows 11 to Insiders in the Dev Channel, along with a couple of new widgets for Phone Link and Spotify.

Microsoft has released the weekly edition of Windows 11 operating system To the insiders in the developer channel, and with it, there are also some great additions. Last week, the company launched its first third-party widget for Windows 11 with the Meta Messenger app, and this week, another widget β€” Spotify β€” arrived alongside Windows 11 build 25290. This new widget gives you quick access to your playlists. So you can start playing with it right away.

Plus, there’s a new widget for Microsoft’s Phone Link app. While it was developed by Microsoft, this tool is not web-based like the Windows 11 tools before. This is actually based on the Phone Link app, and can show you content such as your phone’s battery information as well as recent messages from it.

Screenshot of the Windows 11 Widgets panel with Spotify and Phone Link widgets

As usual, to get these tools, you will only have to update the applications to the latest versions that are available on the Microsoft Store. Next, open the Widgets panel and tap + To add a widget, that’s where you should find your installed apps. You should also start to see more widgets become available now that Windows App SDK 1.2 has allowed developers to build them, although they are still exclusive to the Build Dev Channel.

In addition to the new widgets, Windows 11 build 25290 brings only a small change to the Start menu, particularly in the user menu. Microsoft is piloting a new user interface that displays alerts when you need to take certain actions with your account. For example, you may be asked to back up your data using OneDrive.

Screenshot of two different design approaches being tested for the Windows 11 Start menu badge

It’s about user-facing changes, but there are also a slew of the usual fixes. Notably, Microsoft has fixed an issue that prevented Arm64 devices from being able to update to a new architecture. Here is the complete list:

There are some known issues as well, as you would expect with any preview build. Here’s what you should be aware of:

If you’re in the Dev Channel for the Insider Program, you can get the latest build now by checking for updates in the Settings app. New tools don’t require the latest version, though you’ll need to be running a relatively recent version.

Source: Microsoft

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