Microsoft is currently working on a ton of new features for Windows 20H1. The tech giant is planning to improve the search experience on PC as well.
The big M is working on integrating a new Bing search tool on the Windows 10 lock screen. Windows Insider Albacore first spotted the feature and announced it on social media.
This hidden feature is currently available in the recent Windows 10 20H1 Preview Build 18932. You need to tool named Mach2 to access it.
In other words, this search tool allows users to do a quick search on their lock screen. They no longer need to login to their system to use the browser.
However, the Redmond giant has yet to share more details regarding this new tool. It is too early to figure out how Microsoft plans to display search results.
The results may be displayed on your lock screen or you may need to login to your PC to see the search results.
I'm not sure why you'd want this but, with build 18932, you can now enable a persistent search box on the lock screen.
Feature: "BingSearchLockscreen" ID 17917466 pic.twitter.com/3KLNU3e1A8
— Albacore (@thebookisclosed) July 3, 2019
Users say this is a terrible idea
Some people liked the idea and said that’s a really helpful feature. However, others think the lock screen search box is a terrible idea. Some even labeled this feature as a security threat.
They said that basically anyone could access their PCs while they’re locked. They want Microsoft to implement a corresponding feature that allows users to disable the lock screen search box.
This is a terrible idea for security. No user interaction must be allowed while the PC is locked. Hopefully we can disable it.
According to one Windows 10 user, this is yet another attempt to push users to use the Bing search engine. Most users would prefer using the quick search tool rather than opening their browsers.
Another useless “feature” 😛
“how yo push BING on the users…. even if the dont want it… like we did with edge..”
If that is true, it’s probably a failed attempt from Microsoft. People have been using Google for years and they will continue to use it.
At the moment, it is too early to say if Microsoft is really bringing Bing search to Windows 10 lock screen. The tech giant may change its mind based on user feedback.
What’s your stance on the matter? Did you like the new feature? Let us know in the comments section below.
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