Originally expected to debut in Windows 10 version 21H2, the new News and Interests flyout is now being tested in more recent versions. And that means this feature could be coming to Windows 10 versions 2004, 20H2, and 21H1 too.
“We are rolling out news and interests on the Windows taskbar to Beta and Release Preview rings,” a Microsoft blog post explains. “This [feature] has been available in the Dev Channel, with on-going [sic] improvements based on Insider feedback. News and interests on the taskbar make it easy to stay up to date with information at a glance, and we look forward to hearing what you think.”
The Windows 10 Insider Preview has undergone some big changes over the past few years, and it’s getting harder to understand which version each channel in the program is currently testing. The Dev channel is the strangest of them all since it doesn’t target any specific version, so new features that appear there could land in Windows 10 versions 21H1 or 21H2 if they’re not canceled first. The Beta and Release Preview channels are currently testing Windows 10 version 21H1.
So that explains why we believe that News and Interests is coming to Windows version 21H1. But what about 2004 and 20H2? Windows Central reports that it’s happening, and I assume that’s based on the fact that 21H2, like 2004 and 20H2, is delivered via an “enablement package” as they are not “full” feature updates, and each shares the same core OS and system files. But Microsoft has not confirmed that the feature is heading that far downstream.