Windows 11 continues to add features to improve the experience of using several of its tools. One of them is the start menu that received an overhaul to include both design and functional changes.
One of the last is the web page suggestion, next to the recent documents that the user has used. This option is currently in the testing phase, so the only ones who can use it are members of the Insider program.
“We’ve been working to add more valuable content to the Recommended section on Home, and we’re excited to introduce a new type of content: websites. For the first phase, we will recommend common websites based on your region or browsing history to help you easily return to the websites that matter to you,” Microsoft reported on his blog.
As the company mentions, the objective of this function is to help users have a more comfortable and direct navigation, especially for those who use Edge as their main browser.
For now, it has not been mentioned if this function will be an advertising window to promote specific products or websites, taking into account that Windows 11 has been testing adding ads to the start bar with its own products.
Although this tool will come by default, users will have control over it, since by right-clicking on a website they can remove it individually or directly cut recommended pages.
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More changes in Windows 11
This modification is just one of a long list of design and performance inclusions in the operating system, which are in the testing phase.
Task Manager now has a much more modern aesthetic, with a process filter, better support for design layers or themes, and more efficient dialogs.
To this is also added an option with energy saving recommendations, which will allow optimizing the computer’s battery consumption. To use it, go to Settings> System> Battery and power> Power recommendations.
There will be a series of tips such as turning off the screen from time to time, applying the dark mode, among other options that can be activated and deactivated depending on preferences.
For the taskbar there are also changes, such as showing the seconds on the clock and performance improvements to allow more files and content on the computer in the search results. In this section, a box will be displayed with the configuration options for video calls, where effects can be added.
Another interesting addition is that now when copying a text in a notepad or anywhere, a tab will appear at the bottom with a button to direct the Edge user and perform a search for the selected words. This tool is only being tested in the United States, but they hope to expand it to more places.
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Advertising in the start menu
The reports ensure that when opening the start menu in the operating system, a notification appears that alerts users to relevant content. Clicking on that notification will display ads about OneDrivewhich is the company’s cloud storage system.
The propaganda encourages people to create an account, with access to 5 GB of cloud storage and then access to 100 GB for 2 euros per month or 20 euros per year.
A common factor in other users, so it would not be direct ads with banners or invasive videos and that the advertising would be about own products Microsoft, and not from third parties.
These tests are being enabled for those who have the version Windows 11 Build 25227which is the one available for insiders, so it is not a function open to the public on any computer.