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Hands on: Windows 11’s new search UI is here, but accuracy issues remain a concern

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A new interface for Search in Windows 11 is now available to everyone. The new interface comes with a feature called “search highlights” that aims to highlight new content such as illustrations and facts or trending topics from Bing.

The search highlights are powered by Bing and would change regularly to help users learn new topics and discover trending items. For example, today is World Penguin Day and Windows Search will present remarkable facts related to Penguins. Likewise, Search also highlights moments such as holidays or other events worldwide and in your area.

Microsoft says it aims to deliver “rich, bold and interactive” content to users through Windows Search, and search highlights will be further improved in the coming months. The goal is to share fun illustrations from Bing and help you discover new facts to keep you connected and productive.

Windows 11 Search Interface

Fortunately, it is possible to disable the search marks through Windows settings. When you disable the search marks (Bing suggestions), Windows Search shows suggested apps, quick searches from Bing, and top apps.

Windows 11 Search Settings

As you can see in the screenshots above and below, the search interface is evolving to be more like a Start menu which makes finding certain things much easier and faster. For example, you can easily find apps on the search homepage without having to search for the app in the taskbar or Start.

Windows 11 Search

In addition, Microsoft promises to improve the experience by personalizing the experience by entering your work and school accounts.

Unfortunately, Windows 11’s search feature still doesn’t support the reverse search functionality that was offered on Windows 10.

Windows Search accuracy problem

Windows Search is not error-free and often does not display the correct item in the search results. For example, search shows results from the web while the local results are ignored when users search for apps. This has proven that the Bing integration is not always the best idea.

Microsoft officials have confirmed that the company is working to improve Windows Search, and one of the latest preview builds includes additional fixes to make searches faster.

“Searching for apps and settings in the Windows search box on the taskbar is now even faster and more accurate than before,” Microsoft said.

While there’s no denying that search is now slightly better in the latest builds, it’s still buggy and sometimes can’t return accurate results related to the search.

Windows Search Accuracy
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In the example above, Windows Search shows the Steam app installation file in results instead of the app itself.

Update: Windows Search’s new updated interface is now available to everyone, but quality issues remain a concern and Microsoft still isn’t taking it seriously.

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