Annoying Windows 11 Dev Channel features we hope will get dropped

Patrick Devaney
Dec 12, 2022
Windows 11 News

The Microsoft Dev Channel, otherwise known as the Windows Insider Program is a place for the software giant to test out and tweak new features that could be coming to its flagship operating system, Windows 11. Microsoft has long had a troubled history with Windows updates, however, which is why it is always a good idea to keep an eye on the new features that could be on the horizon, which is exactly what we’re doing today, highlighting the top 3 features we’ve seen in the Dev Channel that we hope don’t make it into a future Windows update.

Annoying Windows 11 Dev Channel features we hope will get dropped

  1. Annoying ways of pushing Bing and Edge

It is a well-worn internet meme that the Edge browser only serves a single purpose, which is to install Chrome. Whereas this may or may not be true for many users, the fact remains, as we recently mentioned, that Edge only takes up a tiny proportion of the web browser market share compared to Google Chrome, which has 15 X more users than Edge. We can understand then why Microsoft may be trying to push Edge on Windows users, but it doesn’t make it any less annoying, frustrating, and overall anti-user friendly.

Unfortunately, however, as has been spotted in Windows Insider Preview Build 25247, a new suggested action feature looks set to push Microsoft Edge every time you copy some text by asking you if you want to search for the phrase online using Edge and Bing. To be fair, searching for a copied phrase is a useful feature, but limiting it to a certain web browser is incredibly frustrating. Fortunately, however, there is hope as a noted Windows 11 insider has spotted some other code that includes the option of searching on other browsers too. If, however, the monopolized feature does make it to release, you can disable the suggested actions feature in Windows 11 altogether by going to Settings, hitting System, clicking the Clipboard tab, and then toggling the Suggested actions feature to off.

  1. Recommended websites in the Start menu

This is another one that has come with Insider Build 25247 and just plain looks like a way for Microsoft to sneak in ads to one of the most used areas of Windows 11 under the guise of recommendations. What’s even worse is that Microsoft hasn’t included a user-friendly way of disabling the feature in the Dev Build either. This means if you are a Windows Insider you will need access to the Vivetool app and to follow this in-depth guide that has been put together by Neowin, thanks to help from the same Windows Insider mentioned earlier. Again, however, if that sounds too complicated and you definitely don’t want to see this feature in a future update, we’ll include instructions at the end of the article on what you can do about it.

  1. Too many ads in general

As you’ve probably noticed, most of the issues currently on the table in the Windows Insider Dev build are related to ads, whether they be for Microsoft products, or third-party ads the software giant is monetizing. Well incredibly, the level of inception goes one layer deeper here as banners have been spotted in Windows Insider Preview Build 25236 that prompt users to to take advantage of Windows search. Microsoft is saying it is doing this as a way to offer users tips, but really it simply ads up to a small ad for a Windows tool that itself is filled with ads. Yes, it is basically an ad for ad. Well done, Microsoft, you have really outdone yourself with this one.

What can you do about these annoying features?

The Dev Build is there for Microsoft to test features for bugs, etc. but it is also there to solicit feedback from users on the new features it is implementing. This means that should you agree with us that these highlighted features are annoying and you don’t want to see them in future Windows 11 updates, you can head to the Microsoft Feedback Hub and tell Microsoft exactly how you feel. Obviously, we have highlighted these features, but the Feedback Hub is also there for anybody’s opinions on Windows or Windows features.

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  1. beemeup5 said on December 12, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    What can you do about these annoying features?

    Simple. Stay with Win10 LTSC until there is a clear, concrete, and explicitly necessary reason to ‘upgrade’ to something newer.

    Software is only a tool meant to do what you want it to. The moment it becomes something you have to fight with in order to not be displeased with it is the moment it is “returned to the kitchen”.
    If you can ‘Marie Kondo’ your house, then you can do the same with your operating system.

  2. Jim Carter said on December 12, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    I already use Bing and Edge, a local ad blocker and another on my wireless network. I’m fine whether these features stay or gom

  3. Unix User said on December 12, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    Well, you can slipstream windows 11, using NTlite. .ISO windows Pro N, that doesn’t have these adds. And is a cleaned up ver. or set around fussing about these adds?

  4. Anonymous said on December 12, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Do not tell the feedback hub how you feel. Keep it polite.

    1. John Wold said on December 13, 2022 at 3:12 pm

      It doesn’t matter. The devs will ignore important and useful requests with a lot of votes and implement the dumbest, less voted ones.

      It’s been like that since the earlier builds of Windows 10.

  5. Anonymous said on December 13, 2022 at 12:59 am

    I keep using Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC 2021 to get rid of these annoying features. Do not fall into Microsoft’s rabbit hole, and let’s hope Windows 11 continues to fail miserably.

  6. userpasspass said on December 13, 2022 at 3:14 am

    Or just drop Windows 11, TPM makes most hardwares useless.

    Sorry I’m not rich enough to buy TPM hardwares.

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