Microsoft is notorious for pre-installing a bunch of apps on Windows. The most infamous example was the inclusion of Candy Crush Saga with some versions of Windows 10, but other software is typically pre-installed on the operating system, too. Now it seems the company will finally change this approach with Windows 11.
The next-generation version of Windows is set to debut on October 5. (At least on new devices; older systems will have to wait.) Microsoft VP of Enterprise Management Steve Dispensa said earlier this month that the company employed a few tricks to offer easy access to its apps without taking up undue disk space.
Dispensa explained that Windows 11 would restrict some apps, such as Sticky Notes, to mere “stubs” by default. That means the program isn’t truly pre-installed on the operating system. Instead, the first time a user tries to launch the app they’ll be told it “needs an update,” which means it’s actually being installed for the first time.