Windows 10 Update Adds Microsoft’s News And Interest Feature, and now it’s finally rolling out to the mainstream enabling the new features by default.
A significant chunk of the Windows 10 user base didn’t get the memo that the feature was coming, which prompted many Reddit forums and other locations around the web, asking how to disable the new feature. While some love it, reactions to News and Interests have not.
If you’re not familiar with how the new Microsoft Windows 10 Update feature works, here’s the scoop:
First, you’ll see a new icon on your taskbar labeled “News and Interests.” Then, when you click on the icon, it will open a window that will display current headlines, stock prices, weather, and stories from around the web basing on your browsing habits.
It’s a good feature, but it’s admittedly not for everyone. If you’ve given it a try and have concluded that it’s not your thing, the good news is that it’s not difficult to disable. Just right-click on any empty portion of your taskbar, which will bring up a menu. One of the options on that menu will be “News and Interests.” Click that and select the option “Turn off.” That’s it. You won’t see it further.
There’s an unusual amount of anger and frustration about this new feature, but in our view, there shouldn’t be. Microsoft didn’t exactly make it a secret, having talked about it for months and tested it thoroughly in the Dev channel. They even made it incredibly easy to disable, so we’re unsure where the anger is coming from.
In any case, give it a try, and if it’s not to your liking, you can remove it for good with just a handful of mouse clicks.