Microsoft Will Improve The Search Experience On Windows 10 And Windows 11

Microsoft is working on making the search experience on Windows 10 and Windows 11 more useful for users. In the coming days, the company is planning to release a new feature for Windows 11 Insiders called “Search highlights”, with the same feature to be released for the Windows 10 Insiders in the Release Preview Channel later.

By launching Search highlights, Microsoft aims to move the search feature in modern Windows systems from being just a tool that provides some basic information about the files on the user’s device, Windows Settings, and displays the results of the web search, to a powerful tool that informs the user about what’s trending online, in the world, and in the institution or company in which he works (if he is connected with his organization or school account to Windows).

According to Microsoft, "the search box in Start and the Search button on the taskbar will periodically update with content, including fun illustrations, that help you discover more, be connected, and stay productive. These hints in the search box give you a sneak peek into what to expect in search home".

Search highlights will present the most prominent and interesting moments to the user, such as holidays, birthdays, and other educational moments in time, globally, and in their region. 

Additional content can be explored on the search home page, related to today’s moment and daily content such as Word of the Day, Microsoft Rewards deals, trend research, and more. The content displayed on the search home page changes every day to always give the user different content and new information to learn about. The left side of search home also shows an extended list of the recently launched apps, files, settings, and websites to help you get back to what you were doing last.

When you sign in with a work or school account, your organization's files and contacts, as well as the latest updates from your organization, people, suggested files, and more, also appear on the homepage interface, enabling you to quickly search and access the latest updates from your work or company and start your work on.

Finally, the new “Search Highlight Experience” will be an optional feature that you can control and disable if you prefer not to see and use it, by going to Settings > Privacy and Security > Search Settings and toggling on Show search highlights. For organization administrators, additional controls will be available in the Microsoft 365 admin center.

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