Several weeks ago, we published an article detailing five unusual features coming soon to Windows 11. Suggested websites in the Start menu (introduced in build 25247) appears as one of Microsoft’s worst ideas on the list. Fortunately, the company has decided to leave this controversial change behind. Those unhappy with Windows 11 showing more ads on the Start menu will be happy to know that the developers have removed the recommended websites in the latest preview build.
Here’s what Microsoft has to say about the change in Windows 11 build 25272:
We’re removing the suggestion action to find copied text in Microsoft Edge and showing recommendations for common websites on the Recommended section in Start – both started rolling out with Build 25247. Thanks to all the insiders who gave us feedback on both of these experiences. As a reminder, features and experiences we test in the Dev Channel may be removed and never released beyond the Dev Channel as we generate new ideas and get feedback from Insiders.
It’s interesting to see that Microsoft is removing the ability to search for highlighted text in Edge, especially considering that Windows 11 lets you modify it to work with other browsers. Microsoft may bring this feature back in future updates or remove it for good due to negative feedback, low usage among insiders, or other factors. Whatever the motivation behind the decision, most users will be happy to see Microsoft make the Start menu less annoying.