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The Facebook Messenger widget appears for the first time in the latest Windows 11 preview

It’s been a long time coming, but the first non-Microsoft widget to appear on Windows 11 is finally here — as long as you’re a Windows Insider, at least. Microosft is rolling out Windows 11 build 25284 to its Dev Channel subscribers, and with it comes a widget for Facebook Messenger, the first third-party widget ever to grace the operating system.

Microsoft enabled support for third-party tools a few months ago with an earlier version, and then updated the Windows App SDK to allow the development of these tools. Now, we’re seeing the first results of that. The Messenger widget will make your most recent messages readily available on the Widgets panel, so your recent conversations are easy to access.

Screenshot of the Widgets panel on Windows 11 showing the new widget with a list of conversations

That’s really all there is to this design, but it’s very exciting news in and of itself. You will need to have the latest version of the Messenger app installed from the Microsoft Store in order to try out the new tool. It’s not yet clear when we can expect third-party tools to be more widely available, but this release indicates that we’re getting increasingly close to a full-scale rollout.

As usual, there are a bunch of minor fixes and improvements in Windows 11 build 25284 as well. You can find the full list of fixes below:

Of course, there are also some known issues with this release, which includes a persistent issue with Windows Hello facial recognition on Arm64 devices. Here’s what you need to look for:

As with every Insider build, you can get Windows 11 build 25284 by checking for updates in the Settings app, as long as you’re signed into the Dev Channel.

Source: Microsoft



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