Windows 11, offering users greater control over their operating system, in response to the Digital Markets Act (DMA) in the European Economic Area (EEA).
These changes, set to roll out in early 2024, allow Windows 11 users to uninstall Microsoft Edge, Bing, and even disable ads, providing a more customisable experience.
Previously, users faced limitations in removing Microsoft's web browser, Edge, and Bing Search from the Windows Search pane. However, in compliance with DMA, Windows 11 users will soon have the option to uninstall these applications, marking a departure from the past restrictions.
The update extends beyond Edge and Bing, allowing users to uninstall most in-box applications, with only File Explorer and Phone Link remaining as non-removable system apps.
Microsoft is introducing an update to the Widgets Board, enabling users to turn off Microsoft News and the ads feed. This change caters to users who prefer a streamlined experience without compromising the utility of widgets. However, the availability of these features to users outside the EEA remains uncertain.
These transformative changes will first be available for preview through the Insider Beta Channel in the upcoming weeks, offering users a sneak peek before the general rollout. Microsoft aims to make Windows 11 fully DMA compliant by March 6, 2024, with these alterations extending to Windows 10 as well.
The Digital Markets Act (DMA) serves as the catalyst for these updates, outlining rules and criteria for large platforms like Microsoft operating in the EEA. The DMA's primary goal is to empower users to choose their preferredRead more on economictimes.indiatimes.com