Here are 5 not-so-cool features coming soon to Windows 11

Last week, we published an article detailing five great features and improvements coming soon to Windows 11 customers. Now it’s time to take a look at the changes that aren’t immediately impressive or annoying that Microsoft is considering implementing in upcoming releases.


NB: Microsoft treats the Dev Channel as a testing ground for trying out early experimental features, and the company has made it clear that some of these changes may not see public release. Send Microsoft your feedback using the Feedback Center if you don’t like some of the new capabilities or tweaks the software giant has implemented in recent preview builds. Finally, articles like this are always subjective – some users may like what I don’t and vice versa. As always, everyone’s opinions and hot opinions are welcomed in the comments.


1. Recommended websites

Microsoft adamantly refuses to give in and allow users to disable the “Recommended” section of the Start menu. Moreover, the company is pushing the idea to the point of displaying ad-like recommendations from various websites.

Besides being annoying, this change defeats the purpose of the Start Menu. Why would anyone want to click on a website after opening the Start menu where users put their hand-selected apps? Fortunately, you can force disable website recommendations in the Start menu, as our dedicated guide shows.

Recommended website in Windows 11 Start Menu

2. Research Highlights

I like the new Windows search box in the Start menu, but I wouldn’t say I have the same feelings about the Search Highlights (the little pictures that represent holidays and other events) that Microsoft puts in this box. Aside from confusing users with ever-changing graphics, these highlights create the illusion of extra misaligned apps on the taskbar—a place I carefully curate and keep sterile for only my most-used apps.

Comparison of the Windows 11 search box with or without the search highlight icons

Here is a guide detailing how to disable Search Highlights in Windows 11 Dev builds for those who also don’t like this feature.

3. More attempts to force the edge

Microsoft does not want to deal with the fact that some users prefer browsers other than Edge. Therefore, the latest improvements to the Suggested Actions feature is another way to shove users down the throat. Selecting text in Windows 11 now displays a small banner with a button that allows you to search the Internet. Of course, Bing-only and Microsoft Edge-only.

The copied new search text suggested an action

To be fair, Microsoft hasn’t made up its mind yet. Hidden feature IDs in Windows 11 show that the company is considering allowing users to use suggested actions alongside other browsers. However, these identifiers are buried deep within the operating system, leaving Edge and Bing as the only default options.

4. Warnings in the wrong places

Microsoft thinks it’s a good idea to put various settings-related alerts in the onscreen menu when you click on your profile in the Start menu. It can display ad-like prompts to set up OneDrive, sign in with a Microsoft account, back up files (in OneDrive, of course), or complete your profile.

The inclusion of this “feature” in this article may seem far-fetched to some, but I think it’s just another example of Microsoft putting things in the wrong places. These recommendations can live peacefully in the Settings app, where I’m most likely to change or enable something (like new and existing OneDrive notifications right). All I want when I click on my profile in the start menu is to either lock my system or log off.

Screenshots showing native ads in the Windows 11s Start menu

Finally, Microsoft is trying to make these recommendations seem really important. They use the same orange dot that appears on the power button when Windows wants to complete the update procedure. Does the operating system want to tell me something important? Oh never mind, it’s just a OneDrive ad…

5. Please use our search which is full of ads

History repeats itself on this. Remember Microsoft displaying banners above the taskbar promoting the new Edge? They have returned to draw attention to ad-filled Windows Search. Although Microsoft tries to excuse itself, claiming the change is here to “improve the value of search shortcuts and reduce friction in the broader Windows Search experience,” I think users don’t need explanations for the magnifying glass icon.

Banner showing how to use Windows Search in Windows 11

It’s sad to see Microsoft trying so hard to get everyone to use Windows Search and push more recommended/promoted content instead of making Search a little less lame. It can’t even find the recycle bin (not to mention most of its features stop working once you move outside of the US), and I’m going to keep mocking Microsoft for that until the company does something.


What do you think of the features mentioned below? Do you think Microsoft should keep it, reformulate it, or drop it? Is there something else bothering you about the Windows 11 preview builds? Lets us know in the comments.


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