Widgets are well known in the smartphone world, and Apple has increased their use of the iPhone and iPad with iOS 14. However, in the desktop world, widgets are not very common and can be accessed by third-party applications in Windows, for example. Now it seems that Microsoft wants to bring web widgets to Windows 10 with the Edge browser.
Microsoft strongly supports the development and use of advanced web applications, or PWA, due to the lack of UWP (Windows Universal Platform) applications. PWA applications work similarly to native apps on each platform, and sometimes you have access to the same features in native software. Now it seems that PWAs can also create desktop web widgets.
According to New report, Microsoft is testing web widgets on the desktop that have been removed from the Edge browser tabs or web apps. This feature is similar to the news and weather feed in the Windows 10 taskbar, except that they connect to the desktop. With this feature, even if you close the Edge browser, you can still access this widget with the icon floating on top of other Windows apps.
The web widget is not the only new feature that Microsoft wants to add to its browser. The Edge browser is also equipped with a new way to search for tabs so you can find the tab you are looking for among the many tabs. In addition, we will see the use of an icon to display the installed plugins, although users can pin some of them directly in the address bar for faster access.
No release date has been set for these features, but such reports indicate that Microsoft is working to improve the performance of the Edge Chromium browser. In addition to Edge, the Redmondians want to make significant changes to the design of Windows 10, such as the floating Start menu.