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

An image showing a red Windows 11 logo and the number five to indicate lame features

Last week we published an article detailing five great features and improvements coming soon to Windows 11 customers. Now it’s time to look at the not-so-impressive or downright irritating changes Microsoft plans to implement in the upcoming releases.

note: Microsoft treats the Dev Channel as a testing ground to test early and experimental features, and the company has made it clear that some of these changes may not be released. Send Microsoft your feedback through the Feedback Hub if you don’t like some new features or tweaks the software giant has implemented in recent previews. After all, articles like this are always subjective – some users may like what I don’t like and vice versa. As usual, everyone’s opinions and hot takes are welcome in the comments.

1. Recommended Sites

Microsoft adamantly refuses to give up and allow users to disable the Recommended section on the Start menu. In addition, the company is pushing the idea of ​​displaying ad-like recommendations from various websites.

This change is not only annoying, but clashes with the purpose of the Start menu. Why would anyone click on a website after opening the Start menu where users place their handpicked apps? Luckily, you can enforce website recommendations in the Start menu, as our dedicated guide describes.

A recommended website in the Windows 11 Start menu

2. Find highlights

I like the new Windows search box on the Start menu, but I wouldn’t say I have the same feelings for search highlights (small images depicting holidays and other events) that Microsoft places in this box. Aside from confusing users with ever-changing graphics, these highlights create the illusion of additional misaligned apps on the taskbar — a place I carefully curate and sanitize only for my most-used apps.

A comparison of the Windows 11 search box with and without search mark icons

Here is a guide on how to disable search markers in Windows 11 dev builds for those who don’t like this feature either.

3. More attempts to impose on Edge

Microsoft does not want to deal with the fact that some users prefer browsers other than Edge. As such, the latest improvements to the Suggested Actions feature are yet another way to shove Edge down the throat of users. Selecting text in Windows 11 now displays a small banner with a button that lets you search the web. Of course only Bing and only Microsoft Edge.

The new proposed action Search Copied Text

To be fair, Microsoft has yet to decide. Hidden feature IDs in Windows 11 show the company is considering allowing users to use the proposed actions in conjunction with other browsers. Still, these IDs 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 great idea to put various settings-related warnings in the menu that appears on the screen 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 (to OneDrive, of course), or complete your profile.

The inclusion of this “feature” in this article might seem a little far-fetched to some, but I think it’s just another example of Microsoft putting things in the wrong places. Such recommendations can live peacefully in the Settings app, where I will most likely change or enable something (like the new and correctly placed OneDrive notifications). When I click my profile in the start menu, I just want to lock my system or log out.

Screenshots showing native displays in the Windows 11 Start menu

Finally, Microsoft tries to make these recommendations look like something critical. They use the same orange dot that appears on the power button when Windows is about to complete the update process. Is the operating system trying to tell me something important? Oh never mind, it’s just a OneDrive ad…

5. Please use our ad-filled search

History repeats itself in this one. Remember Microsoft displaying banners above the taskbar to promote the new Edge? These are back to draw attention to the ad-filled Windows search. Although Microsoft tries to apologize, claiming that the change is here to “improve the value of search shortcuts and reduce friction in the broader Windows search experience,” I don’t think users need explanations about the magnifying glass icon.

A banner showing how to use Windows Search in Windows 11

It’s sad to see Microsoft desperately trying to get everyone to use Windows search and push more recommended/promoted content instead of making search less lame. It can’t even find the Trash (not to mention most of its features stop working once you move outside the US), and I’ll keep ridiculing Microsoft for that until the company does something.

What do you think of the features below? Do you think Microsoft should keep them, revise them, or delete them? Is there something else bothering you in Windows 11 preview builds? Let us know in the comments.

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