– Windows 11 is expected to receive a major update called “Moment 5” or “February 2024 Moment” at the end of February.
– The update aims to make Windows 11 compliant with the Digital Markets Act (DMA) from the European Union.
– Some new features and tweaks will be included in the update, such as AI tools for desktop organization, the ability to disable Bing in Windows Search (EU only), and the option to uninstall Microsoft Edge (EU only).
– The update will also bring improvements to Windows 365’s Cloud PC integration and built-in accessibility features.
– Users can expect a preview of the update in late February or early March 2024.
– The update may be available for installation on February 27, 2024.
– EU users will benefit from the ability to disable Bing and choose a different search provider, as well as uninstall preinstalled apps like Microsoft Edge.
– Mozilla and Google have also criticized Apple for anti-competitive practices related to browser market competition.
– Microsoft’s aggressive promotion of its Edge browser may be reduced for EU users.
– Non-EU users will have to wait for similar actions from their governments.
The next major update for Windows 11 is expected to arrive at end of February, and what awaits users includes artificial intelligence (AI) tools for organising your desktop, being able to disable Bing in Windows Search (if you’re in the EU), the ability to uninstall Microsoft Edge (again, EU only), Notepad updates, and more.
While this update will deliver some new features and tweaks, this update is primarily aimed at making Windows 11 compliant with new legislation from the European Union, the Digital Markets Act (DMA). Mozilla recently published a report accusing Microsoft of using “dark patterns” and bad market competition practices with regard to browser choice, so at least in the EU, this situation will slightly improve.
What Windows 11 users can look forward to and when
Some of the updates that are coming with Moment 5 update include improvements to Windows 365’s Cloud PC integration, built-in accessibility features in Windows 11, an option to remove news from the Widgets Board, and the capability to remove Bing from the Windows Search pane (if you’re in the EU). These features are expected to be previewed in late February 2024 or the beginning of March 2024.
This is all we know about Moment 5 at the moment, according to Windows Central, and we will continue to watch and report new information about the upcoming update as we have it. Going by the internal name given to the update, “February 2024 Moment,” it’s not expected to stretch into March, and Windows Central suggests that users will be able to install this update as of February 27, 2024.
You can try out this update out for yourself (if it’s available on the forecasted date) by doing the following:
1. Go to your PC’s Settings app.
2. In the left-hand menu, select Windows Update.
3. In the resulting menu, click on the Check for updates button.
This will prompt Windows to search for any freshly released available updates. If it finds them, it’ll automatically download and install them on your device.
EU-phoria for certain Windows 11 users
This update is good news for users in the EU, with them now being able to disable Bing in Windows Search and choose a different search provider in its place, and uninstall preinstalled apps like Microsoft Edge. It’s certainly a win for Windows 11 users in the EU and a cause for envy from the rest of us – they’re getting more choice and they’re gaining more control over their computers.
It’s not just Microsoft that’s being accused of anti-competitive practices. Mozilla and Google also recently called out Apple for not going far enough with its new rules and regulations that have come about as a result of the DMA, and, somewhat similarly to Microsoft, in engaging in poor browser market competition practices.
Users have been complaining about Microsoft’s persistent and annoying efforts to try and get them to switch to its browser Edge, and at least for EU users, this will now hopefully end – or at least become less aggressive. The rest of us, however, will have to wait and hope for our governments to follow.
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The next major update for Windows 11, known as “Moment 5” or “February 2024 Moment,” is expected to be released at the end of February. This update is primarily aimed at making Windows 11 compliant with new legislation from the European Union, the Digital Markets Act (DMA). Some of the new features and improvements that users can look forward to include artificial intelligence tools for organizing the desktop, the ability to disable Bing in Windows Search (for EU users), the option to uninstall Microsoft Edge (EU only), Notepad updates, and more.
For users in the EU, this update brings good news as they will have the ability to disable Bing in Windows Search and choose a different search provider. They will also be able to uninstall preinstalled apps like Microsoft Edge, giving them more choice and control over their computers. This update addresses concerns raised by Mozilla about Microsoft’s “dark patterns” and anti-competitive practices in browser choice.
The update is expected to be previewed in late February or early March 2024, with the installation available on February 27, 2024. Users can check for updates by going to the PC’s Settings app, selecting Windows Update from the left-hand menu, and clicking on the Check for updates button.
While this update brings positive changes for EU users, it is not just Microsoft that has faced accusations of anti-competitive practices. Mozilla and Google have also called out Apple for not going far enough with its new rules and regulations resulting from the DMA. Users outside of the EU will have to wait for their governments to take similar actions in addressing these concerns.