You will read the messages in your system tray whether you like it or not.
Microsoft is rolling out its new Messages and Interests feature for all Windows 10 users and bringing a handy Messages tab to your system tray.
The new feature that Microsoft has been slowly rolling out to users of Insider Preview builds over the past few months is a customizable news feed with local traffic news, customizable stock tickers, interest feeds, and more.
Windows 10 News & Interests appear in your system tray
News and interests first appeared in Windows 10 preview builds in early 2021, and the full version went live in May 2021.
However, due to the Windows 10 update process, messages and interests won't be made available to the majority of users until after the June 2021 Patch Tuesday update. Patch Tuesday is usually a security-focused update, but Microsoft uses it to occasionally release small new features live.
Users who are running Windows 10 version 1909 or later will receive the news and feature update after downloading and installing the latest Windows 10 update.
What are Windows 10 news and interests?
News and Interests is a system tray app that delivers a live stream of news straight to your desktop. It was inspired by Live Tiles, with lots of news and feature widgets replicating those features in a single, easily accessible feed.
You can customize news and interests with top news, local news and traffic, and more. You can add cards for your favorite sports teams, music, movies, books, careers, personal finance, parenting, and more. More interest cards will appear in the future.
At the time of launch, Windows 10 users in the United States will have a wider choice of news sources and information cards, as well as Optimize your feed with publications and interests from a variety of ways. However, it won't be long before this functionality is rolled out to other regions and countries.
How do I turn off Windows 10 News & Interests?
With Microsoft pushing news and interests live, the biggest question many users ask is, "How do I turn it off?"
Many Windows 10 users loathe new features being forced upon them by Microsoft, and while news and features aren't the most intrusive new features, it should be an optional desktop update rather than a forced one.
To turn off Windows 10 Messages and Interests:
Right-click Messages and Interests in the system tray.
Go to News and interests.
Choose Turn off.
That's all you need to do to turn off Messages and Interests in Windows 10 and remove the new feature from your system tray. Messages and features shouldn't return to your system tray until you turn them back on, although Microsoft has brought previous features back to the top of the stack with creeping features.
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