Microsoft seems to be making some much-needed changes to Windows 11 to help its new operating system run faster.
According to Windows Latest, Microsoft is actually undoing one of the changes it made back in 2019 when it added a feature to the Windows File Explorer search box that allowed you to search your OneDrive cloud storage in addition to local files.
The “Recent files” section in Explorer has also received support for Office.com online files.
While this add-on may have been useful for people who save(or create) many files using Microsoft’s online services, if you don’t use them(or use alternatives like Google Drive), then this feature is pretty pointless.
The file explorer
What’s worse, though, is that it has made File Explorer run slower in both Windows 10 and Windows 11.
As File Explorer is an integral part of Windows, if it starts to work poorly it can cause the entire computer to run slow.
The good news is that Microsoft wants to solve this problem in the upcoming version of the Windows 11 operating system.
An early version, tested by some people, now has the ability to turn off Office.com integration in File Explorer.
Although the opt-out option is hidden in the Group Policy editor, it will prevent Explorer from including Office.com files.
This option will also stop the Windows 11 Start menu from searching for and displaying online Office documents.
Of course, if you find this feature useful, you will still be able to use it, as it will stay on by default.
Inspiration from Windows Vista
Microsoft isn’t just looking at its past to fix bugs – it also seems to draw inspiration from them, as Windows Latest also reports that Windows 11 could get the return of gadgets similar to those in Windows Vista.
It’s no secret that Windows Vista was one of the most hated versions of the operating system, so it seems a bit surprising that Microsoft takes any of its features as inspiration for Windows 11.
This is especially true of gadgets. These were basic apps that you could pin to your desktop and display a variety of information, such as an inbox email.
External companies were also encouraged to create their own gadgets, which some of them initially did.
However, not only did Windows Vista prove unpopular, but its gadget function was even less accepted, leading many companies to abandon support for them.
Sources point out that Microsoft plans to return to this idea – but with some key changes.
Apparently, they will now be called widgets and will only be displayed on the widget panel in Windows 11 and will not be added to the desktop.
Currently, the widget panel only contains widgets made by Microsoft, so enabling side-by-side support could make widgets more useful.
Of course, there is a risk that history will repeat itself. Microsoft needs to ensure that users see that widgets are useful.
If they do not use them, then even external companies will not try to make them.
What Microsoft certainly doesn’t want is to implement another feature in Windows 11 that no one uses, and hopefully that won’t be the case.