Apps that are critical to Windows will be labeled with a "System" tag in Settings, the Start menu, and search results
Camera, Cortana, and Photos can now be uninstalled
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Bing's web search from the Start menu and the Edge browser can be uninstalled
Third parties can add to the Windows Widgets Board feeds
Third parties, like Google or DuckDuckGo, can provide the built-in web search results that Bing once had exclusively
Windows users who choose to sync their Microsoft accounts will have their pinned apps and preferences synced, seemingly keeping their EEA-enabled choices
Windows will now "always use customers' configured app default settings for link and file types"
Microsoft's post notes that Windows uses the region picked during Windows install to offer the EEA-exclusive options. Only a PC reset can undo the options. EEA Windows devices will also not get the Microsoft Copilot preview that is rolling out in other markets. The Digital Markets Act's impending arrival will impact other major tech firms that are considered "gatekeepers" providing "core platform services" that are "most prone to unfair business practices." Google has recently pitched the European Union on the idea of forcing Apple to make iMessage interoperable under the Act. Apple has reportedly worked on changes to iOS that would allow "sideloading" apps outside Apple's own App Store, while another provision in the Digital Markets Act would demand developers be able to use their preferred payments systems. A companion piece of legislation focused on online platforms, the Digital Services Act, will impact 19 platforms, including five Google services, Meta-owned Facebook and Instagram, and Microsoft's Bing search engine. On Wednesday, Meta became the first platform to appeal its gatekeeper status for its Messenger and Marketplace services, followed shortly thereafter by TikTok.