Microsoft Finally Realizes Nobody Wants Its Windows 11 Preinstalled Bloatware

Windows 11 users will soon be able to remove more of the bloatware that gets preinstalled with Microsoft’s operating system.

Whenever you boot up a freshly-installed copy of Windows 11, there’s a number of apps preinstalled and quite a few of them can’t be uninstalled. However, that’s changing, and Microsoft is going to let us uninstall five apps most of us have probably never opened (other than accidentally or due to some default file association).

As The Verge reports, a beta build of Windows 11 in the Canary Channel includes the option for the first time to uninstall the Camera app, Cortana app, Photos app, People app, and the Remote Desktop client. Of those, the Cortana uninstall makes the most sense for Microsoft seeing as they killed it as a service.

Microsoft calls these pieces of software “inbox apps” and last year claimed they were “essential to the overall Windows experience.” Clearly they aren’t as essential as 2022 Microsoft thought they were, and I’m sure many users will be happy to have a less cluttered Start menu to deal with once they are removed.

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Recently, Microsoft blamed third-party apps for breaking the Windows 11 Start menu and suggested the only solution was to uninstall them. And while apps may be disappearing, more widgets are appearing in the form of CPU, memory, and GPU monitors. The number of Intel chips capable of running Windows 11 has also been reduced, with Microsoft removing 44 processors from the support list. Don’t worry, though, they aren’t chips you’ll find in a home PC.

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