Microsoft Removes Some of Windows 11’s Cruft With App ‘Stubs,’ Optional Drivers

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Microsoft Removes Some of Windows 11’s Cruft With App ‘Stubs,’ Optional Drivers

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.

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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.

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