Windows 11 start menu will now recommend websites

Microsoft has redesigned the Start menu in Windows 11, giving it a new center-aligned grid design and better organization. Another change is on the way: recommended website links.

Microsoft is releasing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25247 on the Windows Insider Program Developer Channel. It includes some of the changes we’ve seen in other testing channels, such as the search bar in Task Manager and cloud storage information in the Settings app. However, there are also changes to the Start menu in testing, where websites appear in the Featured section along with recent documents.

Microsoft said in a blog post: “We’re working on adding more valuable content to the Featured section of the Start menu and are excited to introduce a new content type: websites. In the first step, we will recommend general websites based on your region or browsing history to help you easily return to the websites you are interested in.”

Recommended Sites in the Windows 11 Start Menu

You can right-click on a website to hide it from the Start Menu, and there is also an option to completely remove sites from the Start Menu. This is not related to the installation of web apps in the start menu (using Edge, Chrome, or some other browsers) that appear in the list of applications and not in the “Recommended” section.

Showing one or two websites in the Recommended section can be useful, at least for people who use Microsoft Edge as their primary browser – it doesn’t seem to read history from other browsers. However, the situation could change for the worse if Microsoft decides to use it for advertising. Web browsers like Edge and Firefox already show ads in the form of “recommended” sites and articles, and as we learned from the Windows search page, Microsoft isn’t afraid to cram a few ads into core Windows features.

Source: Windows Blog.

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