After having members of the Insider program test this new functionality for a while, Microsoft has decided to put available to all users the new widget 'News and interests' it has been developing.
To install it, we will only have to install the optional updatel KB5001391 available on Windows Update, or download and install it manually from Windows Update Catalog. Of course, we will only have the option to install it if we have the 2004 or 20H2 versions of Windows 10.
According to the description of the update prepared by Microsoft, with the appearance of 'News and Interests' in our taskbar, we obtain
"Quick access to an integrated source of dynamic content, such as news, weather, sports and much more, that is updated throughout the day."
Another novelty of this update is that the changes carried out by Microsoft have allowed solve the very high memory consumption that showed the first versions for 'insiders' of this functionality.
How to customize and disable
After installing this latest update, you will be able to check how an icon appears on your taskbar, next to the notification area, showing information about the weather in your location. By clicking on it, A feed will be displayed showing current information (from various media), as well as financial, weather and traffic information.
You can adjust what type of information is displayed and how; And, although the system will learn your preferences by analyzing what type of news you ignore and which ones you open, you can also make it clear by clicking on 'More options'>' More / Less stories like this'when you hover the mouse pointer over the card of one of the news items.
But, if you are not interested in any of these new features, and you prefer to save space on the taskbar, nothing happens: you can right-click on said bar, select "News and interests" from the menu that will appear before you, and then click on the option you prefer: "Show icon only" or "Disconnect". Xata Windows colleagues explain it to you in more detail.