Windows' default Weather App will soon have ads and news
Microsoft is working on an updated version of the official Windows weather application. The new version of the Weather application has new features but displays advertisement in a prominent location as well. The current version of the Weather app does not have any ads.
Windows users on Windows 10 or 11 devices may load the Weather app from the Start Menu. They may also pin the app to the taskbar for fast access.
The Weather app makes a few preparations on first start before it displays weather details to the user. Here is a screenshot of the current Weather app on a stable version of Windows 11.
The startpage of the Weather application displays the current temperatur, an hourly and weekly forecast, and more information. There are also options to load maps and 3D maps, access historical weather information, or display weather information for favorite locations.
The new Weather app, which is already integrated into development builds of Windows, offers quite the different experience. Windows testers may need to check for updates in the Microsoft Store before the new version becomes available. It has version 4.53.51085 at the time of writing, but new versions may be released that increment the version.
The new Windows Weather app has more features and options, which some of its users may appreciate. Here is a screenshot of the first page that you see when you launch it.
Note that the page adjusts to the screen resolution. You may notice the map that is now displayed and that the app has more colors and information about favorites right on the startpage.
What you may also notice is the ad that the Weather app displays now on it as well. This ad loads automatically and it may reload in intervals to display new ads.
There is also a new Suggestions section, which may suggest to take an umbrella with you or the type of clothing that it considers most appropriate for the weather.
When you scroll down, you get a list of several map views that you may access, and below that trending news. The section includes ads as well, and brings news from MSN to the Weather app as well.
Microsoft is pushing MSN News and Microsoft Account services into different areas of the Windows operating system. The new Weather app has a few additional new features, such as hourly and monthly forecasts.
Windows users who do not want the new weather app may want to turn off automatic application updates in the Microsoft Store. It is a temporary recourse only, as the next feature update will update all native apps automatically.
To do so, open the Microsoft Store app, click on the profile icon at the top, and select Settings. Uncheck "app updates" there to block the Store from updating applications automatically. Individual apps may be upgraded via the library feature in Store at any time.
Microsoft continues its push of news and ads in Windows. It is unclear when the new Weather app update will be released to stable versions, but it is certain that the update will be released later this year.
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