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Microsoft’s Panos Panay has teased a coming Windows 11 feature called Focus sessions that will include, among other things, Spotify integration.

“Another first look from the team … Focus sessions on Windows 11 [is] coming soon,” Mr. Panay tweeted. “This has been a game-changer for me, especially with Spotify integration.”

His tweet includes an all-too-short promotional video that Windows enthusiasts will pore over like it’s the Zapruder film. But here’s what we can see: 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.

According to the UI shown in the video, Focus sessions will help you “achieve your goals and get more done.” First, you configure some amount of time, as with a timer, and an optional break. Then, you select a task for the session from your tasks list in To Do.

Then, you choose a Spotify playlist to enjoy while you complete that task.

And then you just start the focus session and get to work. The feature also tracks your daily progress with focus sessions, in a nod to the gamification we see in mobile productivity apps.

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