Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21286 Brings in Dynamic News Module on Windows 10 Taskbar

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After a lull, Microsoft has rolled out Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21286 (RS_PRERELEASE) to Windows Insiders in the Dev channel. The company revealed that all Insiders in the Dev Channel will receive the build. The Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21286 has introduced news and interests on the Windows 10 Taskbar.

You will be able to quickly access an integrated feed of dynamic content such as news and weather, which will be updated throughout the day. It is possible to personalize the feed with relevant content customized exclusively for you. You can fetch curated news right from your Windows 10 Taskbar instead of navigating smartphone apps with small fonts.

With the help of this feature, you can stay updated with the latest headlines, weather, sports, and read them right on your web browser without disrupting your workflow. You can access news and interesting content from over 4500 global portals such as The New York Times, BBC, The Verge including live weather maps. You can select an article to open a streamlined reading view with less distractions.

You can specify which content you would like to see or don’t know seeing by selecting More | More stories like this or Fewer stories like this. You can also make use of emojis to react to stories. You will be able to access the Microsoft Privacy dashboard via news and interests. The Microsoft Edge browser ships with integrated controls, which limit tracking from advertisers and third parties. You can also deactivate the news and interests by right-clicking on the Taskbar.

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According to Microsoft, the news and interests on the Taskbar will be useful for those users who would like to stay connected with information on the latest current events. The company is working on to display the news and interests on Microsoft Edge. The availability of the new feature will enable Windows 10 product team to address stability reliability and performance. You can file bugs, issues including general feedback for improvement by navigating to the Feedback Hub.

To work with the news and interest feature, you should be located in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and India. To work with this feature, you need to install Microsoft Edge browser based on Chromium. The company added that they are testing several variants of this new functionality and the UI and UX will vary depending upon the region.

The Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21286 has added modern storage space settings, new file system command line took named DiskUsage, and Run commands for Windows Subsystem for Linux. We will examine the features of these new features in the upcoming article.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and again as a Microsoft MVP in Surface under Windows and Devices in January 2024. He worked as a Chief Technical Editor with ASPAlliance and was part of ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at

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