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The newest Windows 11 update might just be a game-changer for those who dislike unnecessary pre-installed software. While Windows 11 comes with a plethora of handy apps, there are undoubtedly a few that users might rarely touch. While some of these can be removed, a handful persist.

However, things are set to change. Microsoft recently rolled out the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25931 to its Canary Channel — a testing ground for potential Windows 11 updates that might eventually be released to the wider audience.

As highlighted by The Verge, this specific build enables users to get rid of built-in apps such as the Camera app, Photos, People, and even Cortana — an app that Microsoft has recently phased out.

Microsoft deserves credit here. Over time, they’ve been allowing users to remove an increasing number of apps. That said, it’s still a tad frustrating for users that certain apps remain non-removable.

While it’s uncertain if all the features from this preview build will transition into the final public release, the trend does hint at greater flexibility regarding “bloatware”. It seems plausible, then, that these features might be part of the major Windows 11 update anticipated for September.

Besides this, other enhancements noticed in the preview build include expanded fields in the File Explorer Details pane, synchronization of Windows accent color with RGB lights on connected devices, the option to turn off Windows Spotlight, and more.

Final Thoughts

While most built-in apps occupy minimal hard drive space, users understandably prefer a clutter-free system. Hence, granting them the autonomy to choose which apps stay or go will likely resonate positively among the Windows 11 community.

As we all wait in anticipation, it remains to be seen which of these features from the Insider Preview Build 25931 will make the cut. But all eyes are on the expected Windows 11 update this coming September. Keep a lookout for updates!

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