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June 06, 2023

How to keep up with current events using Windows 11

We’ve all been there. You’re shooting the breeze with coworkers when one of them brings up a news story you haven’t heard. While this moment can feel embarrassing, it’s totally understandable. Since the news cycle changes rapidly, it can feel challenging to keep up with current events. If you’re a Windows 11 user, you have access to tools to stay on top of everything that’s happening in the world. Learn how to keep up with current events with the best news apps and widgets for Windows 11, and never run out of topics to discuss at the watering hole.

News and Interests widget

Widgets are small windows that display information on your Windows 11 desktop. In previous versions of Windows, the News and Interests widget used to sit on your taskbar and show the weather. Selecting the widget would open news stories, sports scores, stock info, and more. Windows 11 changed this feature into a menu that opens on the taskbar when you select the widgets button. The feature still brings you concise, scannable information you can browse during your commute or lunch break, and content gets updated throughout the day to keep you up to speed on all the current happenings.

Microsoft News app

The Microsoft News app is another excellent tool for keeping up with current events on your computer. The app highlights the latest news stories from around the globe written by some of your favorite journalists, as well as personalized news based on your topics of interest and set location. It’s free to download, and there’s no limit to the number of articles or videos you can consume. Some of the topics covered in the app include:

  • News
  • Politics
  • Opinion
  • Celebrities
  • Entertainment
  • Lifestyle
  • Stocks
  • Sports

Get the Microsoft News app from the Microsoft Store in your browser or search for it using the Windows 11 search box. Once open, browse through the stories to your heart’s content and sync your news preferences across your devices.

Browser news extensions

Popular web browsers like Microsoft Edge support extensions—a feature or function you can add to your browser—centered around the news and current events. These extensions can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store and provide you with quick access to scannable stories. To find news extensions for your browser, search Microsoft Store for keywords like news or current events. Once downloaded, your new extension will provide a feed of the latest news stories straight to your browser, usually for free!

Take advantage of these applications and more when you install Windows 11, and stay current on the news so you never run out of topics to discuss with your colleagues.

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