Windows 11 will be here before we know it, and a Microsoft executive has just teased a new feature called Focus Sessions. It appears to integrate Spotify into the Windows operating system.
What Is “Focus Sessions” on Windows 11?
Chief Product Officer from Microsoft Panos Panay showed off a brief video on Twitter showing how Focus Sessions will work, and it looks promising. The video comes just a day after the executive teased the new Snipping Tool in Windows 11.
Another first look from the team…#FocusSessions on #Windows11 coming soon. This has been a game-changer for me, especially with @Spotify integration #Productivity #Creativity #WindowsInsiders pic.twitter.com/HfJh4niDiS
— Panos Panay (@panos_panay) August 5, 2021
The new feature is part of the Windows Alarms and Clock app. You select how much time you want to work without distractions and what task you need to work on. Then, Windows will block all other distractions during that time so you can get in the zone and get your work done.
Interestingly, it looks like Spotify is integrated at the OS level with Focus Sessions, as you can choose a playlist to listen to while you work right from the Alarms and Clock app. It seems pretty simple, and the fact that you don’t have to waste time switching to a separate app to get some music going seems like an excellent convenience to have.
(Of course, on Windows 10, a Spotify widget comes with the Game Bar, but you do have to have the Spotify app installed to use this particular Game Bar widget.)
Lock Down Your Focus
Focusing on work is always tricky, but it looks like this new feature coming to Windows 11 (which is a modified version of Focus Assist from Windows 10) will help with that. Based on the video, it seems well-made and it’s great that it integrates nicely with the Windows 11 experience.