Well, that’s a relief! One of the more notable new features coming to Windows 11 is support for custom, third-party widgets that will live alongside the currently available ones in their dedicated panel.
But if you were concerned that the availability of this vast library of widgets might come with performance negatives, then you can rest assured that this will not be the case. Microsoft is doing all it can to ensure that the applets work without dragging your system down.
As per company documentation, these widgets will be powered by its Adaptive Cards technology that is written in JSON and allows apps and services to openly exchange data.
This is actually how Redmond is able to transform JSON into a native UI that automatically adopts to the container or window of a specific application. It is this design choice that help developers integrate a lightweight user interface for all major platforms and frameworks.
Of course, Adaptive Cards is not a new technology, as Microsoft has been using it in Windows Timeline, Teams, Cortana, Outlook and more.
Microsoft notes that these widgets will only have a minimal impact on performance, and will always have low memory and CPU requirements. Their interface will also automatically style them to match the form factor and experience of the host device.
The company, obviously, also announced a few minor additions to the Widgets panel earlier this year.
At the moment, the pane opens from the left side of the screen, but soon enough users will have an option to open the Widgets panel in full-screen mode. When in this mode, widgets will cover the entire desktop.
Not only does this mean that users can access more widgets at once, it is also more user friendly for tablets and touch-screen devices.
And with the looming arrival of 3rd party widgets, this new interface choice should be put to good use.