Windows 11 testers can try out the first widget not made by Microsoft: the Facebook Messenger add-on. The tool was included in build 25284 of the operating system, currently only available to Windows Insiders enrolled in the Dev Channel.
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The add-on is a great ally for anyone who uses Messenger to communicate. It previews the latest incoming messages, including unread chats, providing quick shortcuts to chats — all without having to open the app.
While not huge news, the debut of the first widget developed by a company other than Microsoft is a big moment. Support for third-party add-ons started to take shape in October of last year, when Microsoft made it possible to create tools for other developers.
First widget, but not the only one
The Facebook Messenger widget will certainly not be the only Windows 11 widget. Now that support for add-ons is released, it is up to developers to prepare their own tools to enhance the experience of Microsoft OS users.
Considering that Meta is eyeing the function, it would not be too risky to say that the company is also preparing a complement for WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram. Each of these apps would work great with an add-on constantly available from the widget tray, with information quick and accessible at the click of a button.
For now, however, there is no information about other third-party widgets in development, nor when Messenger will finally land for the general public. The Dev Channel is Microsoft’s first stage of testing, so the feature will still go through machines subscribed to the Beta Channel and Release Preview before being released in the stable version.