- Just when everyone thought that Windows 11 is starting to get better, Microsoft comes with yet another surprise.
- The Redmond company said that it is planning to include an enhanced Tips app for the upcoming operating system.
- In fact, the whole idea is for these popups and hints to be scattered all around the OS, with the purpose to help users.
- So, whether we like it or not, Microsoft is preparing to deploy a new and enhanced Tips app, to assist us whenever we need.
It’s safe to say that we can all agree about popups being one of the operating system’s more polarising features.
If you’re not a fan, you may want to brace yourself, because Microsoft is testing and trying to decide whether or not to add even more to Windows 11.
Before you panic, this might actually not be bad news, though. Let’s take a closer look and see what we can expect in the near future.
Microsoft is bringing back adds for the new OS
Within the review notes for the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22458, Redmond officials stated that they are including an enhanced Tips app for Windows 11.
This software is supposed to come with more hints about how to use the new upcoming operating system. But Microsoft also says that it’s going to be scattering more of these hints around the operating system itself.
And it doesn’t quite stop there with the Tips app—you’ll notice tips appear throughout Windows 11 to help you discover new things as you go! Check out the new Tips widget on the widgets board, tips as First Run Experiences, and tips for specific experiences within Windows 11.
The tech giant began advertising features within Windows around 2016, showing, that you could earn free movies and games through browsing with Microsoft Edge.
But the most controversial upgrade popups, by far, were those surrounding the transition from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 itself, as Microsoft tried to persuade, then nag, then trick people into upgrading to the new OS.
At first, the Redmond-based company tried to persuade users via a recommended update, culminating in a deceptive UI decision to alter the behavior of the close button to escape the upgrade and turn it into an opt-in to kick off the upgrade process itself.
An important aspect, that Microsoft hasn’t yet specified, is whether those types of ads will be arriving in Windows 10 ahead of Windows 11’s launch.
Exactly like the transition to Windows 10, users will have a choice between upgrading to Windows 11 or remaining on their current operating system.
That’s the same scenario that prompted the eventual Windows 11 ads. The tech giant also said that more information on the Windows 11 transition process will become available at a future date.
We’re also getting a new Tips app
Many are saying that Microsoft has never done a great job of informing users of new features within the OS itself.
The Edge browser provides a front page list of new capabilities after an upgrade when it is first launched, and the Office apps include a small popup of new capabilities after they, too, are updated.
This infamous Tips app was originally the repository for a list of new Windows features, but it’s unclear how often users actually check it, or whether they know it exists.
However, the massive tech company plans to beef up the Tips app both with the new Windows 11 acrylic look and feel, as well as with new content.
We’ve updated the Tips app with 100+ new tips to help you get started on Windows 11 and learn new things—discover keyboard shortcuts, find ways to optimize your PC, dive into productivity tips for Office, power up your gaming on Windows, and much more! We’re able to fine-tune and add new tips at any time as we hear feedback from you.
Keep in mind that code released in the Windows 11 Insider Dev Channel is simply for testing and that these new popups won’t necessarily be in the upcoming Windows 11 release.
Microsoft also reserves the right to add them in the future or do away with them entirely. The new Tips app will be released to the Windows 11 Beta and Release Channel.
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