A few weeks ago we published an article detailing five not-so-great features coming soon to Windows 11. Recommended websites in the Start menu (introduced in build 25247) is listed as one of Microsoft’s worst ideas. Fortunately, the company decided to retract the controversial change. Those unhappy with Windows 11 showing more ads in the Start menu will be happy to learn that developers have removed Recommended Sites in the latest preview build.
Here’s what Microsoft said about the change in Windows 11 build 25272:
We’re removing the copied text search suggestion action in Microsoft Edge and showing common recommended sites in the Recommended section of Start – both of which started rolling out with Build 25247. Thanks to all the Insiders who gave us feedback on these two experiences. As a reminder, features and experiences we try in the development channel may be removed and never released beyond the development channel as we incubate new ideas and receive feedback from insiders.
It’s interesting to see Microsoft remove the ability to search for bold text in Edge, especially given that Windows 11 allows you to change it to work with other browsers. Microsoft may bring back the feature in future updates or remove it permanently due to negative feedback, low usage among internal parties, or other factors. Whatever the motivation behind the decision, most users would be happy to see Microsoft make the Start menu less annoying.