Microsoft released a new preview build of the upcoming Windows 10 version 1903 feature update yesterday; it included, among other changes, a new top apps listing in Search.
Windows 10 users who run the build get a list of popular applications that they use the most on the device on top of the search results.
The top apps are displayed when users open the results so that they may be launched right away without firing off a search first.
The very first question that came to my mind after seeing that was why. Why would Microsoft add a list of applications to search results?
Here is why I think that the addition is something that is not particularly useful:
Microsoft changed Windows Search in Windows 10 significantly when it launched the operating system. The company linked Cortana to Search, likely to increase its exposure on the system, and added web searching to search next to that.
The addition of top apps feels like a change for change's sake, and less like something that would be of benefit to the majority of Windows 10 users.
My most used applications are Firefox, Chrome, QuiteRSS, Explorer, and Thunderbird; all of them are pinned to the taskbar and just one click away from launch. The replication of these apps in Search is completely redundant. Microsoft will hopefully add an option to disable the feature when it is launched officially.
Now You: Do you think that this is a useful feature? Are there users that would benefit from this?Advertisement
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