Windows 11, Microsoft discreetly introduces two new features, assessment

Windows 11, Microsoft discreetly introduces two new features, assessment

The first Patch Tuesday of the year 2023 gave rise to several cumulative updates, some of which are aimed at Windows 11. The focus was on security and fixing a few bugs. In reality Microsoft has also deployed new features but without saying so and above all without activating them.

The Windows 11 update KB5022303 introduces two novelties in the operating system. The first concerns the search field on the taskbar. A customize option arrives. The second touches on the design of the search panel through a more modern approach. These aren’t really new to Windows Insider Program users as they’ve been in testing for a while now.

Windows 11, research at the heart of new features

Like Windows 10, Microsoft recently added a search box to the Windows 11 taskbar. It has been adapted to the “Fluent Design” design without introducing anything new. However, it lacks several “Windows 10” features, including the ability to customize it. This is a popular request on the Feedback HUB.

On the occasion of Patch Tuesday Microsoft introduces an option to completely hide this search box or switch to the original search button. It is currently only possible to hide it.

Windows 11, new option for the taskbar search box
Windows 11, new option for the taskbar search box

This option can be accessed through the taskbar settings. This search field is a source of discussion. For some it is not impactful. Why ? A search module is also offered by clicking on start. It only requires a little manipulation.

Windows 11, new design for the search panel
Windows 11, new design for the search panel

On the side of the search panel, the new approach proposed by Microsoft offers a smaller window while maintaining the same operation. Note that it is only available by clicking on the search field on the taskbar. It does not appear by clicking on the search module to start unlike the current version.

These two new features are only available by default. It requires using the ViveTool utility to activate them.