- The Moment 5 update for Windows 11 is expected to arrive on February 27 (or early March) as a preview.
- The update will focus on rolling out changes to comply with the Digital Markets Act.
- These changes include options to uninstall Edge, change the search provider for Windows Search, and improve file sharing.
UPDATED 2/15/2024: Microsoft is reportedly planning to release another feature drop for Windows 11 in February 2024, which is currently known as the “Moment 5” update (and internally as “February 2024 Moment”). According to a recent report from Windows Central, the software giant is preparing an update with various changes and new features, focusing more specifically on modifying the operating system to comply with the Digital Markets Act (DMA) in the European Union (EU), which must be done by March 6, 2024.
The upcoming Moment 5 update is expected to be a minor release compared to Windows 11 23H2 regarding new features and improvements. Also, it’s important to note that since Microsoft is being forced to comply with the DMA, some changes will only apply to users located in the European Union.
Although Microsoft hasn’t officially announced the update, the Windows 11 Moment 5 update is expected to become available on February 27, which aligns with the release “D,” when the company makes the update available for the following Patch Tuesday release as an optional non-security preview install.
If the company ends up following this schedule, the update will be available through “Windows Update” as an optional install for devices already running version 23H2, and later on, the feature drop is expected to become a mandatory update.
If you’re still using a computer with version 22H2, you will have to upgrade to version 23H2 before the device can receive the new update.
The update will install a regular monthly update, meaning full reinstallation won’t be required. Since this is a small update, you won’t need to download the Media Creation Tool or Installation Assistant to upgrade. Again, it’s not necessary.
These are the new features and improvements expected to arrive with the Moment 5 update for Windows 11:
Uninstall options for Edge and other apps
As part of the Digital Markets Act (DMA) changes affecting users in the European Union (EU), the company plans to release an option to uninstall Microsoft Edge, which will only be available for those users in the EU. However, it will be possible for users outside the EU to remove the browser, but this will require some additional steps.
In addition to removing the default web browser, the company will add the option to remove many other inbox apps, such as Photos and Camera.
Option to remove Bing from Windows Search
Also, the company plans to make changes to the Windows Search experience to allow users to ditch Bing in favor of other search providers, such as Google. However, again, this will only be available for those users governed by the Digital Markets Act.
Copilot on the right side
The “Copilot” button will now appear on the right side of the Taskbar, next to the System Tray. As a result of this change, the system will now disable the “Show desktop” feature by default.
You can restore this configuration from Settings > Personalization > Tasbkar, and under the “Taskbar behaviors” setting, check the “Select the far corner to the taskbar to show the desktop” option.
Settings Home page
The “Home” page in the Settings app now includes a new card to lure users into purchasing a Microsoft Copilot Pro subscription.
A similar advertisement is also available in the “Accounts” section.
Nearby Sharing enhancements
The Windows 11 Moment 5 update will also focus on improving existing features. For example, Nearby Sharing will improve the transfer speeds of files between devices, make it easier to set up the feature by automatically turning on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when turning on the file sharing feature, and you will be able to change the computer name from the “Nearby Sharing” settings to make it easier to find the device in the network. (The rename option is not different than the ones in the About and Home pages of the Settings app.)
The Share interface will now show apps based on your account in the “Sharing using” section. For example, when using a Microsoft account, the Teams (free) app appears as a choice, but when using an Entra ID, you will see the Teams (paid) option.
In addition, the interface will now include options to share directly into WhatsApp, and the copy link interface has been updated and appears at the top of the experience. If the app isn’t installed, when clicking the app, it’ll install automatically
The same sharing option will also be available in the “Share” interface when sharing a link using the web browser.
New PC reset option through Windows Update
The Windows 11 Moment 5 update also introduces a new recovery feature that allows you to reinstall the operating system through Windows Update to repair the most common problems.
The feature is labeled “Fix problems using Windows Update” and is available on Settings > System > Recovery. When you launch the feature, Windows Update will download the current version of the operating system to reinstall the system while preserving your files, settings, and apps.
Mobile devices and Snipping Tool
Starting with this feature drop, you can now receive notifications when new photos or screenshots are available from your phone, and then you can access and edit them directly from the Snipping Tool app.
To enable this feature, open Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Mobile devices and click the “Manage devices” button, which will open the new “Manage mobile devices” app.
After connecting your Android phone, you can instantly access and edit your most recent pictures with the Snipping Tool.
New Ink Anywhere feature
Microsoft plans to introduce the Ink Anywhere feature to allow users to use the digital pen to write in the text boxes.
Option to remove news feed from Widgets
Other changes include disabling the newsfeed from the Widgets board and allowing other companies to build plugins for users to plug in other news sources.
Also, the settings page now includes a new “Notifications” section where you can turn notification badges and announcements on and off.
Those users in the European Union region will be able to add other news feed sources from the Microsoft Store.
Voice Access new enhancements
In the Moment 5 update, Voice Access will support more languages, such as French (France), French (Canada), German, Spanish (Spain) and Spanish (Mexico).
The feature now supports multiple displays. As part of the support, you can also switch to another display quickly and use the drag-and-drop feature. The company is also enabling the “mouse grid” command to move the mouse pointer to a specific section on one of the monitors.
Finally, it’s now possible to create custom voice commands. You can start by clicking the “Voice shortcuts” tab from the left panel in the Voice Access interface. (Currently only English.)
Windows Narrator new enhancements
Also, Windows Narrator will introduce natural voice previews with the February 2024 update, which allows users to listen to natural voices before downloading the voice model on the computer. The previews are available in Chinese, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Mexico), Japanese, English (UK), French, Portuguese, English (India), German and Korean.
Cast improvements on Quick Settings
In this update, Windows 11 will now suggest using Cast through a notification toast when performing multitasking activities, such as often switching between windows to complete a task or using Snap Assist to organize your screen space.
The Cast panel has been updated with the new “Can’t find a device” option if you face trouble discovering nearby displays that open up a support page with suggestions on how to fix connection problems. Also, at the bottom of the page, you will find a new “More cast settings” that opens the “Displays” settings page.
Start menu changes
After installing the Moment 5 update, the Start menu will now group recently added apps into a folder under the “Recommended” section. Also, as you hover over the group, the folder will open with all the apps.
On devices running Windows 11 Pro or Enterprise and if you use an Entra ID account, you will notice notifications to join Teams meetings starting in the next five minutes.
If you don’t want to use this feature, open Settings > Personalization > Start, and turn off the “Show upcoming meetings” toggle switch.
Snap Layouts suggestions
Starting with the feature drop update, Microsoft is also updating Snap Layouts with the ability to suggest the apps you can snap together from the Maximize button in the window or the layouts interface at the top of the screen. The suggestions aim to snap apps quickly with a single click.
Windows 365 integration into Windows 11
Microsoft will further integrate its Windows 365 service into the operating system, and Windows 365 Boot will enable users to boot straight into a Cloud PC.
The company is working on a new personal mode feature for Windows 365 Boot. This feature lets users set up devices to boot into their Windows 365 Cloud PC directly. Additionally, within the Windows 365 Boot experience, organizations will have the flexibility to modify the “Windows 365 Boot” logo and name. Furthermore, a new fail-fast system has been introduced, enabling users to promptly identify network issues without waiting for a login failure.
Moreover, this update makes it easier to access and manage sound, display, and other device-specific settings on your local PC directly through your Cloud PC under the Windows 365 Boot setting.
During transitions between different computers, users will notice labels such as “Cloud PC” and “Local PC” on the desktop indicator. Additionally, the Cloud PC interface will now provide real-time updates regarding connection status and display a connection timeout indicator on the connection screen.
Furthermore, Microsoft has enhanced the Windows 365 Switch feature to streamline the disconnection process from the Task View context menu.
If you want to install the Moment 5 update (February 2024 Moment) on your computer, open Settings > Windows Update, turn on the “Get the latest update as soon as they’re available” toggle switch, and click the “Check for updates” button. This action will download the February Windows Configuration Update (KB5035349) first and then update KB5034848 to complete the installation of the Moment 5 update.
This update doesn’t require reinstallation of the operating system. Instead, it’ll install as a regular monthly update through Windows Update.
Since Microsoft must comply with the Digital Markets Act by March 6, 2024, the exact schedule for the update is still unclear. Also, the company has to be compliant not only with Windows 11 but also with Windows 10.
Update February 15, 2024: The content has been updated to ensure accuracy and reflect new changes.