Microsoft revealed a new feature that it called Programmable Taskbar back in July when it released Build 20161 to the Windows Insider Dev channel.
The basic idea behind the feature was to customize the default set of icons that is displayed as part of the operating system's out-of-box experience.
Based on a user's activity, e.g. whether an Android phone is linked to the Microsoft Account or if the user has an Xbox Live account, icons are added or removed from the taskbar.
Microsoft believes that the feature gives its users the content that they want and makes the taskbar have less clutter on top of that.
The feature is part of Windows 10 20H2 but not for devices that are upgraded from a previous version. Existing Microsoft customers who set up a system anew may have the taskbar icons customized based on the account that they use to sign-in to the system.
Microsoft started to test a new Windows 10 device setup feature in October that may also provide more customization one day based on a user's intended use for the system.
Windows 10 administrators may disable the Programmable Taskbar using a new policy called "Turn off cloud optimized content" or by editing the Windows Registry.
Using the Group Policy
Note: the Group Policy is not available on Windows 10 Home systems.
This policy setting lets you turn off cloud optimized content in all Windows experiences.
If you enable this policy, Windows experiences that use the cloud optimized content client component, will instead present the default fallback content.
If you disable or do not configure this policy, Windows experiences will be able to use cloud optimized content.
Editing the Registry
Setting the policy to enabled adds a Dword to the Registry. You can add the value directly to the Registry; it is also the only option for Home systems to disable the functionality.
Once the change has been applied, new accounts will always get the default Taskbar layout and not a custom layout based on connected devices or services.
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