Gadget-like widgets to make a comeback on Windows 11

Kerem Gülen
May 22, 2023
Windows 11 News

In recent weeks, Microsoft has been diligently engaged in reviving a distinctive aspect of Windows Vista, which generated significant debate during its time: desktop widgets, known as gadgets back then. It is worth recalling that prior to this development, Windows XP SP3 had established itself as a highly refined operating system, characterized by its maturity, stability, and reliability. Additionally, Windows XP SP3 introduced an intriguing visual transformation compared to its immediate predecessor, the somewhat notorious Windows ME, which wasn't particularly well-received by users.

While Windows XP had garnered widespread acclaim for its performance, Windows Vista's arrival marked a significant shift in public perception. Without delving into the exhaustive criticisms that have been extensively discussed, it is worth noting that Windows Vista's most notable contribution was paving the way for the subsequent release of Windows 7. Even to this day, Windows 7 can still be found on some systems, despite its lack of technical support for a considerable period. However, it must be acknowledged that the considerable level of maturity achieved by Windows 10 in recent years positions it as a superior choice in terms of functionality and overall user experience.

Despite the mixed reception of Windows Vista, it is important to acknowledge that it introduced certain noteworthy concepts, with the caveat that their execution fell short. While it may seem controversial to express such sentiment to those who experienced the associated challenges during that era, it is worth recognizing that desktop widgets were not inherently flawed. The subsequent success and widespread adoption of similar functionalities on both Android and iOS platforms serve as compelling evidence of their potential value.

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According to a recent report by Windows Latest, Microsoft is actively enhancing the functionality and aesthetics of widgets in Windows 11. In an upcoming update, reminiscent of the beloved Gadgets from previous Windows versions, widgets will make a triumphant return. This exciting development will allow users to conveniently pin widgets directly onto their desktop, granting quick access to essential information and functionalities.

While explicit confirmation is yet to be received, the information suggests that the inclusion of desktop widgets may be part of the anticipated Windows 11 23H2 release, expected to debut around September.

Alternatively, there exists the possibility that the introduction of this new feature, desktop widgets, may not coincide with the release of Windows 11 22H2. Instead, Microsoft might choose to deploy it independently through a Moment, a new format adopted by the company for launching new functionalities. In such a scenario, the arrival of widgets could potentially happen even earlier than anticipated.

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The motivation behind expediting the launch can be attributed to the tremendous success experienced by widgets on mobile platforms. With their widespread adoption and daily usage by users, Microsoft aims to tap into this popularity and capitalize on the positive reception of widgets in the mobile realm. However, it is crucial for Microsoft to ensure that the implementation in Windows 11 surpasses the challenges faced during the Windows Vista era. The ultimate success or failure of desktop widgets in Windows 11 will heavily depend on the execution and user experience it offers, warranting cautious optimism and the hope for a more favorable outcome.


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  1. Anonymous said on May 22, 2023 at 11:55 pm

    There is nothing to get exciting about. Every new feature in Windows 11 is a gimmick to get you to accidentally use their subpar internet services.

  2. Anonymous said on May 22, 2023 at 11:38 pm

    8gadgetpack works well on Windows 11.

  3. John said on May 22, 2023 at 6:30 pm

    Vista just looked premium and yet that premium came at requiring decent hardware which only means Vista came a bit too soon. I also think some Linux desktops look far better than Windows 10 or 11.

  4. Petrov said on May 22, 2023 at 11:23 am

    I absolutely LOVED Windows Vista on my laptop back in the day. Zero issues, no lag no nothing, on a midrange machine. I always thought people bashing it either had extremely bad computers or were just not right in the head. Sure, I switched to Windows 7 when it arrived but not because I had to. Windows 7 was like Vista 2.0 to me. Aero Glass is still damn stylish if you ask me =) This new stuff…erhm.. it is what it is. I think GNOME does what Windows 11 is trying to do a million times better, and without any ads or all that Microsoft account garbage they shove down peoples throats. High hopes for Zorin OS 17, the OS Windows should have been..before they sold their soul to the almighty dollar.

    1. Kirk said on May 22, 2023 at 1:00 pm

      I too liked the Aero theme but there is no denying that Vista’s system requirements were more than XP. As for comparasion with GNome, I think KDE looks visually more similar to Windows.

      1. Petrov said on May 23, 2023 at 12:15 am


        I disagree. Sure KDE has a start meny, but it looks nothing like the one in Windows. Neither does Dolphin, or the settings UI. Nope, GNOME (with a Menu extension and the top bar on the bottom) is more or less what Windows is trying to do. And failing hard.. So many UI cockups in Windows it’s not even funny anymore. Yeah, there are many KDE menus that can mimick the Windows 11 start menu, I’ll give you that…

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