After installing the optional Win10 Update Preview KB5003214 this morning, the mythical Microsoft News and interests widget finally appeared.
What a steaming pile.
I’m going to start off with the fact that I’m highly not all that excited about this widget. I’ve already got several news sites I visit daily, I don’t trust Microsoft to pick my news sources, and I’ve got accurate weather with alerts and radar on my phone.
Out of the gate the weather location is wrong, like the wrong county wrong. No problem, I change it.
Next up, “Top Stories”. Not a single thing I’m interested in. I spend the next 20+ minutes playing whack-a-mole with news sources. I hide Women’s Health and Redbook comes up. I hide E Online and Hollywood Reporter comes up. I hide an article about soccer and another comes up. Don’t wanna see the local news from Tulsa? No problem, how about Dallas? Or maybe Cleveland? Didn’t like that article on the Pittsburg Steelers? How about the Buccaneers?
Why couldn’t they just let me wipe the slate clean and create my own sources?
I would like to be able to filter stories that ever mention say: Lebron James, The Voice, the stock market, anything involving a Kardashian, and a zillion other topics.
Why do I need traffic on my desktop computer? I’ve got Waze on my phone thank you.
Some folks have complained about the widget using Microsoft Edge instead of some other browser. I really don’t care. Edge is just Chrome with some Microsoft thrown in. As for myself, I left Microsoft browsers a long time ago and see no need to reconsider. Aside from Gmail and some shopping, I do my web activity in Firefox in a Linux Mint virtual machine. I digress…
I’m gonna leave the News and interests widget active for a few days to see what’s what but I don’t see a future for it on my desktop beyond that.
Oh, and the game schedule is wrong. The next game is tonight…
Directions to disable this are below the next picture.
How To Disable The News and Interests Widget:
I don’t know why people are making a big deal over this. Registry edits, Group Policy edits… Humbug.
Right-click on the Taskbar > News and interests > Turn off