- Microsoft released Windows 11 a couple of days ago
- While digging through the early build, we found out that some apps were present without our consent
- Our own survey showed that only 11% aren't bothered by this behaviour
Microsoft has always been a target of OS puritans because of its incessant approach of bundling unwanted programs. They have definitely improved throughout the years, but it seems that this behavior is once again present in Windows 11, or at least in its very first preview build.
While looking through the first Windows 11 Insider build, we noticed that it came with two apps that were pre-bought: Twitter and …. Candy Crush Saga! Twitter might be ok but I definitely didn’t ask for that ubiquitous game to be laying around hogging space on my drive.
What’s quite annoying is that it’s saying these apps were “purchased yesterday”, but that of course never happened. The message also changes to “purchased moments ago” or “purchased minutes ago“.
So it’s falsely claiming that some apps were bought to hide away the fact that we simply don’t need them. The good thing is that at least some of them aren’t installed. However, you will still have installed all the hoard of apps that belong to Microsoft:
- Mail and Calendar
- Your Phone
- Mixed Reality Portal
- Microsoft People
- Xbox Game Bar
- Power Automate Desktop
- Xbox Console Companion
- Movies & TV
- Get Help
- Solitaire Collection
- Sticky Notes
- Windows Terminal
- Paint 3D
At least from the looks of our build machine, we found that Spotify Music was the single non-Microsoft application that came pre-installed in the new Store. And of course, some of them are part of the family and you need them. There’s a couple of apps that will no longer be present.
Obviously, this kind of behavior isn’t exactly new for Microsoft. Here’s a couple of reminders from the past:
- The incredibly annoying moment when you’d uninstall an app and it would immediately reappear in the list
- The infamous Windows 10 May 2019 Update came preloaded with a bunch of unwanted apps, such as Candy Crush Saga (!), Disney Magic Kingdoms, Groove Music.
- Annoying Bing ads were present in early Windows 8.1 versions
What is interesting is that according to our extensive survey, bloatware won’t actually bother 11% of new Windows 11 users.
What about you – what bloatware did you find pre-bought or pre-installed on your new Windows 11 build?