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Microsoft releases Windows 11 Build 25120 with new Bing-powered desktop search bar

A while ago, Microsoft announced that it would use Insider Dev Channel to test new, more experimental ideas in Windows 11. In the latest Insider Theft, Build 25120, we see a good example of this.

Insiders will now see a new desktop search bar that they can use to search the web. It’s not going to be something for everyone – especially since it uses Bing to return results – but it’s easy enough to turn off.

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If you don’t want to see the search box, right-click on the desktop, choose Show more optionsand switch it Show search option.

You need to restart your PC after installing the new version in order to trigger this experience, and even then it might not show up for you as it is not made available to all Insiders .

This new version will be available for users running ARM64 devices (they were blocked in the previous version) and ISOs have also been released for the version. You can download these here.

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Fixes in this release include:

[Suggested Actions]

  • Suggested actions should now appear for more date and time formats.
  • Fixed some issues with some formats when copying a date and/or time.
  • Improved overall performance and reliability of the feature.

[Settings]

  • Fixed an issue that could cause settings to crash when opening and viewing the battery usage graph.
  • Improved performance of displaying Wi-Fi networks after enabling Wi-Fi in the Wi-Fi section of quick settings.

[Task Manager]

  • Fixed an issue that caused garbled text to appear in the Performance page when a contrast theme was enabled.

[Other]

  • Fixed an issue that could cause Windows Update to crash and rollback updates for WSA users.
  • Did some work to resolve a stutter in the progress wheel animation when upgrading to a new version.

Known issues include:

[General]

  • Some games that use Easy Anti-Cheat may crash or cause a bug check on your PC.

[Live captions]

  • Some full-screen applications (eg, video players) prevent live captions from being visible.
  • Some applications positioned near the top of the screen and closed before running live captions will relaunch behind the top-positioned live captions window. Use the system menu (ALT+spacebar) while the application has focus to move the application window lower.