Microsoft is bringing a new taskbar feature called “Find Highlights” to Windows 11 21H2 after it began testing with Windows Insiders in both Beta and Dev Channel for the past few weeks. For those who don’t know, search is a new way to make Bing content more discoverable without interrupting user flow.
As you can see in the screenshots below, the Windows 11 search home page and the bar in the search panel will now highlight fun artwork. This will help you discover more content from Bing to help you stay connected and productive. According to Microsoft, the Highlight Search feature should highlight noteworthy and interesting moments.
These moments can be holidays, anniversaries and other international moments or even those in your area. The feature is now offered with Windows 10 21H2 Build 19044.1618 (KB5011543) available in the Release Preview Channel. Features included in this release are likely to appear in next month’s security update.
A Closer Look at Windows 11 Search Highlights
Windows 11’s new highlights search feature is gradually being rolled out to users and will be generally available in the coming days.
While the idea may sound interesting at first, it’s still another attempt at pushing MSN and Bing-powered content to Windows users.
The company is pushing similar content through Microsoft Edge and aims to double the reach by integrating the feature directly into the taskbar.
“Discover additional content in the search page that relates to every moment, with daily content such as the word of the day, Microsoft Rewards offers, trending searches and more,” explains Microsoft how the feature works.
Fortunately, it is possible to disable the search marks and switch back to the old, but slightly modified interface.
If you are using Windows 10, you can disable Bing’s Search Highlight by right-clicking the taskbar > Search > and then select the “Show search Highlights” option to disable it.
On the other hand, Windows 11 users can disable the highlights integration by going to the Privacy & Security page in the Settings app. Admin can also disable or manage the feature through the Microsoft 365 Admin Center.
It’s also worth noting that Microsoft’s highlights search is optimized for your workflow, so if you have a Microsoft work or school account associated with the operating system, you’ll see content recommendations related to organization. It focuses in particular on the files and contacts of the organization.
In addition to search highlights, Microsoft has also fixed several bugs and glitches in the operating system with the latest optional preview update. For example, Microsoft fixed an issue that prevented users from signing in to Microsoft Outlook and Teams on an Android device.
Fixed another bug where users cannot upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10 due to vague error messages.