Here Are the Features Microsoft Is Removing in Windows 11 24H2

Here Are the Features Microsoft Is Removing in Windows 11 24H2

In the next Windows update, Microsoft will be removing some features from Windows 11 24H2.

Microsoft is getting ready to release a new Windows 11 24H2 update. They are planning to implement a number of changes to improve the overall user experience and optimize system performance.

As such, there are plans to remove several applications that are either outdated or underutilized. Among the apps that are being removed are Cortana, WordPad, and the Tips app. It is said that popularity of these apps has declined over recent years, hence why they are being removed. 

Cortana was a digital assistant, effectively designed to be Microsoft's version of Apple's Siri. This is now being phased out in favor of Copilot, an AI-powered assistant that should have more advanced functionality. The improved Copilot AI is already one of the most anticipated features that will be coming to users shortly.

Another app that is being removed is WordPad, a simple text editor, alongside the Tips app. Tips gave users guidance on how to use certain Windows features, will no longer be available. It is expected that Copilot would be able to offer the same guidance. 

The decision to remove certain apps is in line with Microsoft's ongoing efforts to streamline the Windows experience and focus on the most widely used and valued features. Removing these apps should effectively declutter the system and make Windows easier to use. 

When users upgrade to Windows 11 24H2, these apps will be automatically removed. While potentially surprising to some, Microsoft has talked about these changes for a while. They have made a number announcements about these apps, preparing users for their eventual removal. 

This isn't the first time that Microsoft has made considerable changes to its software lineup. In 2017, there was almost a riot when Microsoft announced their plans to remove the classic Windows Paint app. However, due to the negative backlash from users, Microsoft decided to keep Paint available on the Microsoft Store. 

Like with any major update, there are naturally concerns and questions from users about these updates. Microsoft is looking for feedback from users, and is open to going back on these decisions based on their input. Their ultimate goal is to offer a more focused and efficient user experience, akin to that of the Apple ecosystem. 

If you are a Windows Insider, you can already access the Windows 11 24H2 update. For the wider Windows user base, the update is expected to roll out in the coming months.