Say hello to the Game Pass widget

August 4, 2022
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Microsoft is betting big on widgets in Windows 11. If anything, this is one feature in the new OS that continues to expand with new options and choices. And it just got another welcome addition.

This one comes in the form of the Game Pass widget that is now officially a thing.

With support for third-party widgets on the way, Microsoft clearly wants to offer as many first-party ones as it can. The company recently added a dedicated one for searching right in the Taskbar, and soon after launch of the new OS, we also got access to one that helps you keep tabs on your family.

Then there’s also talk of official Teams widget that is being teased.

Cleary, Redmond wants these little applets to become a key feature of the Windows 11 operating system, and one way to do that would be to offer a full set of these widget before leaving the door open for custom ones by developers.

To that end, we just got another neat addition with the launch of an all-new Game Pass widget that debut with build 25174. It shows essential information like the latest titles for the gaming service as well as games that are leaving soon.

That said, as Microsoft notes in the announcement post, these are still early days:

“This widget is a window to the extensive PC Game Pass library – it will show the latest additions, games leaving soon, and others from highlighted categories and then take you to the Xbox app where you can install them, see reviews, and go all in.

We’re still hard at work on some exciting functionality coming soon that will let you sign-into your Xbox profile and easily jump back into recently played games as well as see personalized recommendations of games we believe you’ll love.”

Microsoft definitely has big plans for this widget, and this launch is just a preview of what’s to come.

Adding the new Game Pass widget is easy.

You simply open the widgets board and click on the + icon next to the user profile. Look in the list, locate the new Game Pass widget and add it to your system. Just be sure that you are running the latest Windows 11 preview build to get access to this new widget.

If you do, be sure to provide Microsoft with your valuable feedback on usage and feature set.

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Fahad Ali is a professional freelancer, specializing in technology, web design and development and enterprise applications. He is the primary contributor to this website. When he is not typing away on his keyboard, he is relaxing to some soft jazz.

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