An update adds a feature to Windows 10 that was recently introduced for Windows 11. Search highlights.
Windows 10 gets new features with updates
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Windows 10 is still much more popular than Windows 11 and Microsoft is still working on new functions for Windows 10. An innovation recently announced for Windows 11 is now also being delivered for Windows 10, as Microsoft announced in a blog post.
With the KB5011543 update, the “Search Highlights” function ends up on the desktop of Windows 10 users. For now, KB5011543 will only be delivered to Windows Insiders via the Release Preview channel. This increases the build number of Windows 10 to Windows 10 21H2 Build 19044.1618. But it shouldn’t be long before all Windows 10 users will receive KB5011543, we assume by patch day in April 2022 at the latest.
KB5011543 contains numerous bug fixes as per the release notes. But it also brings a real innovation to the desktop: the “Search Highlights”.
That’s behind “Search Highlights”
Microsoft presented the “Search Highlights” for Windows 11 last week, which we reported on in detail in the following article: Windows 11 gets a video editor, explorer tabs and more innovations.
In Windows 11, you have to click the magnifying glass icon on the desktop to see these search highlights. In Windows 10, they are displayed after clicking on the search input field next to the start button. Extended information is then displayed on days that Microsoft considers particularly important. The example given is Earth Day, which falls on April 22 this year and takes place in Germany this year under the motto “Your clothes make the man”.
In the search highlights, Microsoft displays further information on special days. Users should be able to see directly what’s going on in “the world”, as Microsoft explains Microsoft and further: “The search field in the taskbar and the start page are regularly updated with content, including fun illustrations, to help you find out more to discover, stay connected and be productive.”
The left panel still shows recently opened files, applications, and settings for quick access. The whole thing looks like this on the Windows 10 desktop:
For users who sign in to Windows 10 with a school or work account, the search window shows information relevant to them. For example news from the company or about colleagues.
Anyone who logs into Windows 10 with a company account will in future receive this information in the search window
Microsoft also notes that what’s displayed in the search window can also be customized by users. There is a new entry in the context menu under “Search” for this when the user right-clicks on the search input field.