Windows 11 search update bringing an impressive feature

Patrick Devaney


Microsoft continues to shape and evolve Windows 11 adding and refining new features all along. We recently brought you news of the first major Windows 11 update, which we expect to see sometime after the summer, but today we are bringing you news of a smaller tweak to the operating system that will add new features to Windows 11’s search feature that will likely land on your version of Windows 11 at some point over the next few weeks. Let’s take a deeper look.

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In the latest version of the Windows Insider build, a new Search Highlights feature has been spotted. The feature is there to automatically display interesting and time-relevant content that is both local to users and from around the world.

Windows 11 search update bringing an impressive feature

In the Windows Insider blog post announcing details about the build, Microsoft said:

“Search highlights will present notable and interesting moments of what’s special about each day—like holidays, anniversaries, and other educational moments in time both globally and in your region. To see search highlights, click or tap on the search icon on your taskbar […] Search highlights will roll out to Windows 11 customers over the next several weeks. We are taking a phased and measured approach.”

Search Highlights sounds like an interesting feature that will help users stay on top of the important dates and events they have coming up as well as notable community dates and events too. This seems more like a calendar feature than a search feature but maybe the point is to put these important reminders in a place where we are much more likely to see them. Many people barely even check their calendars these days but almost everybody searches for something at least once a day.

Interestingly, this update has been live on Windows 10 since March so if you still haven’t taken Microsoft’s offer of a free upgrade you should notice it when you open up the Windows 10 search function.

If, however, you don’t like the sound of random global events invading your Windows search feature you can disable it by going to the Privacy and Security settings menu, hitting, More Settings, and then deselecting Show search highlights.

Microsoft has been pushing out a lot of updates recently, so it is more important than ever to stay up to date with all the latest Windows 11 news.

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