Tech giant Microsoft is making moves to integrate Swedish music streaming platform Spotify on its new Windows 11 feature. This discovery was made earlier in the week when Panos Panay, Microsoft’s Head of Windows and Devices, made an inciteful tweet about Focus Sessions on Windows 11. From all stances, this appears to be a new way to focus on tasks and work. Focus Sessions which would include the Spotify integration, is expected to allow users to create a focus timer to work through tasks while listening to a playlist of music from Spotify.
Although, Microsoft hasn’t announced testing Focus Sessions in its public builds of Windows 11 yet, but from the video shared by Panay, it appears to be built into the operating system’s Clock app. It looks like something following the Pomodoro Technique, a method of managing time by breaking down work into bits with short breaks. Even though there are varieties of apps and websites that support the Pomodoro Technique in existence, let’s just say Microsoft’s Spotify integration could be the company’s way of standing out from the crowd.
Reports say it’s also the first time we’ve seen some significant Spotify integration in Windows especially since Microsoft retired its Groove Music service in December 2017. Groove Music Service was a music subscription service that allowed unlimited streaming of the service’s catalog on any device with the service installed. 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.