Tech giant Microsoft to integrate Spotify into new Windows 11 feature
Tech giant Microsoft is integrating audio streamer Spotify into a new Windows 11 focus feature. Microsoft will be integrating Swedish music streaming platform Spotify into a new Windows 11 feature, media reports said. Microsoft's head of Windows and devices Panos Panay teased the Focus Sessions Windows 11 feature on Twitter this week, and it appears to be a new way to focus on tasks and work. The company hasn't started testing Focus Sessions in its public builds of Windows 11 yet, but from the video Panay teased, it appears to be built into the operating system's Clock app, the report said.
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It appears like it's following the Pomodoro Technique, a method of managing time by breaking down work into smaller chunks with short breaks, according to The Verge. It is the first time a significant Spotify integration in Windows would be seen since Microsoft retired its Groove Music service in 2017. At the time, Microsoft partnered with Spotify to move Groove Music subscribers and their playlists over to the rival music streaming service. Microsoft and Spotify have also previously worked together on a Windows 10 app and a separate app for Xbox consoles. Focus sessions is a new feature that’s being added to the Alarms & Clock app, which has been renamed to Clock in Windows 11. And it sits alongside this app’s other features, like Timers, Alarms, Stopwatch, and World clock. It will apparently be the default view in the app in Windows 11.