A new pre-release version of Windows 10 includes an info service. Similar to Google Discover, Windows loads news, sports results, stock market prices and weather information tailored to the user in the background. A click on the taskbar brings this information to light.
Participants in the “Windows Insider” program in Australia, Great Britain, India, Canada and the USA can already try it out if they install Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21286. More than 4500 well-known titles such as the New York Times or the BBC be available.
Advertisements will come later
Over time, the proposed content should adapt to the user if the user confirms or denies their interest in individual suggestions, as with Google. Emojis are also available for these reactions. The new service can be switched off by right-clicking on the taskbar.
To counter headwinds from privacy advocates, Microsoft sea Windows Insider Blog placed a direct link to the privacy settings. The company won’t be adding its own advertising to the News and Interests feature initially, but that may change over time based on customer feedback. With over a billion systems running Windows 10 worldwide, this would be an attractive source of income. At the same time, the new feature is also interesting for information providers in order to get more readers to their websites.
Only with Edge
Theoretically, a Chromium-based version of Microsoft’s Edge web browser should be a prerequisite, but this has already been refuted by a Windows expert. He was also able to use the service with an older Edge browser. However, not all message links can be opened in the old Edge.
It is still unclear whether and when the news and interests feature will be made available to all Windows users who are not part of the Windows Insider Program, which was rebuilt last year. For some time now, the rumor has been circulating that Microsoft only wants to roll out one function update per year. In this case, the changes would be available in Germany in spring at the earliest or possibly not until autumn 2021.