Microsoft adding more default apps to Windows 11
Microsoft released a new Insider build for Windows 11 today and with it come two new applications that will be default apps on Windows 11 going forward on many PCs. The two apps in question are Microsoft Family and Clipchamp.
Windows default applications are designed to provide functionality out of the box. Common apps such as Notepad for plain text editing, Windows Media Player for media playback, and snip & sketch for screen capturing, add support for common tasks to Windows. Windows users may download and install third-party applications, which often come with improved functionality and better support.
While some default applications bring support for common activities and tasks to Windows PCs right after installation, others may be included for different purposes.
Clipchamp is one of the two new applications that Microsoft integrated in the latest Insider build for Windows 11. Microsoft acquired the service last year and has now integrated it into the operating system.
Clipchamp is a subscription-based video editing service. The app has been published on the Microsoft Store in late 2020, and Windows users may download and install it right now. A Microsoft account is required to use the app and the base version is limited in several regards. All Clipchamp plans support the production of unlimited videos, using local assets, using webcam and screen recording functionalities, and access to all basic editing tools.
The main limitation of the free plan is that exports are limited to a resolution of 480p. Users who want better quality outputs may sign up for the creator or business plans. Creator supports 720p, business 1080p exports. The creator plan is available for $9 per month, the business plan for $19 per month. Basic and creator outputs are watermarked furthermore. Clipchamp supports other features, like the ability to use Azure-powered text-to-speech or integration with online storage services in the paid versions.
Microsoft Family is the second app that is added to Windows 11. Unlike Clipchamp, which is added to Home and Pro editions, Microsoft Family is installed only on Home editions by default. Pro users may go to Settings > Accounts > Family to download the app to their systems.
Microsoft Family brings parental controls and family management features to the operating system. Family administrators may use it to set up parental controls, filter "inappropriate apps and games" and set kid-friendly browsing in Edge. The app helps families manage and monitor their children's activity on Windows, Xbox and Android devices.
With each new default app, one has to ask whether it makes sense to integrate it natively in Windows or distribute it in other ways. Microsoft could advertise the Family app in Settings or during searches, instead of integrating it natively. Clipchamp's integration is on another level, as it is a subscription-based service. Critics may say that its integration has more to do with Microsoft attempting to push the service's revenue and not with the delivery of a useful video editor for all users of the platform.
It is easy enough to ignore the apps, or, in the case of Windows 11 Pro, to not install the Family app on the device. Still, these apps do take up storage space and they may also come up in searches.
Now you: what is your take on these two new default apps for Windows?
More garbage I have to uninstall after a fresh installation, great.
Windows 11 is already bloated enough with Microsoft’s own web based and XAML crap. Debloating Windows 11 is will more work than it was in 10. I miss Windows 7.
That’s not enough. We need more please!
I want a Fart Reminder, Burp Pro, and SneezeALot to be preinstalled in order to ease up my Win 11 transitional shock.
So. Much. Crap.
Idk, I just use LTSC, and so should you.
Another upcoming fiasco made by MS development team. Thanks for the article. :]
it’s really saying something when the built-in windows xp movie maker from over 20 years ago is more useful than a crappy modern app that m$ had to go out of their way to buy out yet another company for
I would love a Windows 11 Pro Lite. No MS-Account, no App-Store, no preinstalled Crapware, no Cortana, no Bing, no Telemetry, no OneDrive, no Cloud first, …
Since Windows 11, Windows losts his soul.
You get get one. Its called LTSC.
For just $19 per MONTH, you can save files in 1080. You can’t make this s**t up =) WHO will pay for this GARBAGE???? WHOOOOOOOOOO????????????
The amount of bullsh*t just keeps coming and coming frome Redmond like and endless warm stinking stream.
This company is a joke. Everyone who works in their development department is a joke. Do something useful, jump ship and stop being mentally insulted by Microsoft.
The layman who doesn’t know any better. Feels like M$ is becoming just like the Microsoft Antivirus Scammers
Free! (for a small monthly fee)
It pains me to remind folk that Win11 is also WaaS!
PaaS (Programs as a Service) now catching up…
Because when you need a glass hammer, it will be there ready.
Won’t use either. Why is Microsoft so keen to take up disk space with thing a lot of people won’t use, building resentment. Users can find the store. Put a ‘Microsoft recommended’ button there for the wanna haves.
Microsoft is adding more bloatware apps to Windows. Movie Maker is superior to this webview trash. Sad thing is people are dumb enough to pay 9-19 a month to export 1080p, when there’s ton of free programs that are better and not using bloated web technology.
I seriously doubt there’s even one person on this planet that is capable of editing a video and knows about differences in resolution, hitting save and when a prompt to whip out your credit card to pay for a monthly 19 dollar subscription, DOES exactly that and does not curse frantically and hit the screen for doing all the work for nothing and then downloading one of the numerous FREE alternatives that do the same thing instead. What’s next Microsoft? Gonna hijack the users pictures and let the user look at them if they pay 400 bucks per year? You WOULD do that wouldn’t you, you immoral greedy F**KS.. You know, the very second Nvidia starts writing good drivers for linux your operating system scam is over. The ONLY reason you are still alive is gaming, you putrid pile of greedy stink.
Calm your hatred, max. Are you implying most users are using windows for gaming? There won’t be a day when Linux take over the desktop environment, you should count that on Mac instead.
Debloat & Privacy guide: https://github.com/TheWorldOfPC/Windows11-Debloat-Privacy-Guide