Windows 11: Microsoft removes Website Recommendations and another annoying feature

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 6, 2023
Windows 11 News

Microsoft released a new development build of Windows 11 to the Dev Channel this week. Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25272 is a bug fix release for the most part, but it makes an important change and is therefore noteworthy.

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25247 recommended websites in the Start menu

The release notes reveal that Microsoft removed the recommended websites feature in the Start Menu.

"We are removing the suggestion action for searching copied text in Microsoft Edge and showing recommend common websites on the Recommended section in Start – both of which began rolling out with Build 25247."

Microsoft started showing website recommendations in an earlier build in the Dev channel. The company received criticism for this, as it seemed to introduce another advertising possibility to the operating system.

Patrick's article on annoying Windows 11 Dev channel features that should get dropped included website recommendations.

Arguments leveled against the feature included the following points:

  • Recommended focused on recently opened files and installed apps previously for the most part. Website recommendations would take away space from these user-specific recommendations.
  • Listing websites under recommended could pave the way for adding more advertisement to the Start Menu of the operating system.

The feature has been removed by Microsoft in this week's Dev Channel Insider build for Windows 11. It seems unlikely that it is going to make a return in a future build.

Edge and Bing Search Suggested Actions is also gone


The very same build of Windows 11 removes another feature that testers found annoying for the most part. A new suggested action feature that pushes Microsoft Edge whenever text was copied on the operating system.

Windows 11 would display a prompt to run a search for the text on Bing using Microsoft Edge; this happened even if another default browser was set on the system already.

Windows 11 users had to disable the Suggested Actions feature in its entirety to disable the prompts.

Closing Words

Windows 11 Developer builds are designed for testing. Some features that Microsoft tests won't make it into the Stable versions of the operating system, and that is sometimes a good thing.

In this case, Microsoft made the right decision to remove the two features again. They offered little of use, as the features were designed more to Microsoft's benefit than the user's.

Now You: what is your take on the features and the removal?

Windows 11: Microsoft removes Website Recommendations and another annoying feature
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Windows 11: Microsoft removes Website Recommendations and another annoying feature
A new Windows 11 Developer Channel build removed the controversial Start Menu website recommendations feature and Bing Search suggested actions prompt.
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  1. Anonymous said on January 6, 2023 at 10:22 pm

    Windows 11 is more akin to a project for a student intern. Awful operating system with naive, juvenile ideas. Microsoft must hire more qualified personnel again. I miss a professional operating system.

  2. ECJ said on January 6, 2023 at 3:52 pm

    “…It seems unlikely that it is going to make a return in a future build.”

    Um, I wouldn’t count on that, it’s written now. They will wait a while and then re-enable it. Microsoft under Satya is a complete shitshow.

    Does MacOS treat their users with this much contempt?

  3. John G. said on January 6, 2023 at 10:24 am

    Microsoft is trying to built a good W10 with his W11 experiment. By the way something is happening to file explorer, it seems to appear on top of other screens without touching anything. My sister says that it opens by itself. In W10 is fine by now. Thanks for the article.

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