Microsoft and Windows 11 had a busy year in 2023. Many features that have been a part of Windows for many years were deprecated by the firm over an extended period. You may wonder what feature deprecation is. It’s the procedure for gradually eliminating a feature or part of the Windows operating system that will no longer receive updates.
However, how many Windows functions did Microsoft remove this year? In the last 12 months, 16 distinct features have been declared deprecated, according to my count. Which ones were they? Now let’s get started.
Deprecated Windows 11 features
Since 1995, when Windows 95 was first released, WordPad has been an essential program in the Windows operating system. Although it has had numerous updates over the past few decades, it never received an update for Windows 11 and instead stagnated during the Windows 10 period. Unlike Notepad, which is a simple text editor, WordPad has always been a rich text editor.
Because Windows WordPad supported Word documents, which Windows Notepad does not, it was an excellent program. Additionally, it supports rich text, which enables you to use various fonts, page formats, bold text, small text, and huge text. It was essentially a condensed Word version, useful for people who don’t want to pay for Microsoft Office but need to quickly draft a letter.
Sadly, the time will soon come to an end. The business intends to deprecate WordPad, which means it will soon be removed from the operating system.
Usually, the best resource for information about all the new features that come with every new OS upgrade is the Windows Tips program. It even appears when you initially put a 2-in-1 into tablet mode, guiding you through the process of using the Windows touch interface.
Regretfully, Microsoft has revealed that the Windows Tips app will be decommissioned with the release of the upcoming major Windows update. This implies that, except for visiting the Windows website and reading about the latest updates there, consumers would no longer have a single location to find out about new features.
If you are having trouble using Windows on your computer, you may still search for help using the built-in “Get Help” tool, and if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, you can even get in touch with a support person.
This year, Microsoft declared that the Mail and Calendar apps that come pre-installed on Windows 10 and Windows 11 are in maintenance mode. They will be discontinued in 2024 once the new Outlook client becomes widely accessible. Since their 2012 release with Windows 8, the Mail & Calendar apps have been Windows’ standard email and calendar clients.
Unfortunately, Microsoft has gradually stopped supporting the Mail and Calendar apps over the past few years in favor of a brand-new Outlook client that was created entirely online. The new Outlook renders its interface using Edge’s WebView2, and it has both calendar and email features.
The Mail and Calendar applications are already alerting users to the fact that the new Outlook will take their place in 2024. The new Outlook is currently accessible in preview. The Mail and Calendar apps will no longer be included in Windows with the upcoming update, which is scheduled for release in September 2024, according to Microsoft.
With the release of Windows Copilot, the company is making quick work of deactivating and deleting the previous Cortana assistant from Windows 10 and Windows 11. Just one week after Windows Copilot was revealed, Microsoft announced Cortana’s deprecation, promising that the older assistant would be supported until later in 2023.
Right now, the Cortana app is completely defunct. On your PC, attempting to launch it will result in a notification stating that “Cortana in Windows as a standalone app is deprecated,” without providing a way to continue using the app. The Cortana app no longer establishes a connection with Microsoft’s servers if you are running an older version.
2014 saw the release of Windows Phone 8.1 along with Cortana, Microsoft’s response to Google Assistant and Siri. When it initially debuted, it was a real rival to Google’s and Apple’s assistants, frequently outperforming them in a variety of situations. Regretfully, Cortana gradually lagged behind rivals and was essentially dropped by Microsoft when it made the decision to discontinue Windows Phone in 2017.
Windows Speech Recognition
This year marks the retirement of the beloved Windows Speech Recognition feature, which made its debut with Windows Vista in 2006. According to the firm, it will be replaced with the more advanced “voice access” feature, which is a voice navigation tool that is far more powerful and has a better understanding of human language.
Unlike the classic Windows Speech Recognition tool, which uses a much older “Aero” aesthetic style that was popular at the time of introduction, the new voice access capability is accessible on Windows 11 and has a modern interface.
Details Of Other Deprecated Windows 11 Features
Following is the list of other deprecated Windows 11 Features;
A later version of Windows will eliminate Steps Recorder, which is no longer being maintained. We suggest using Microsoft Clipchamp, Xbox Game Bar, or Snipping Tool for screen recording.
Timeline for Microsoft Entra accounts
Beginning in January 2024, Microsoft Entra user activity history cross-device syncing will be discontinued. Microsoft will cease to store this data in the cloud in 2021, in line with the earlier modification for Microsoft accounts (MSA). Although it is still included in Windows 10, the timeline user experience was deprecated in Windows 11. On Windows 10 devices, the timeline user interface and all of your local activity history are still present. Users can access recent files using OneDrive and Office, as well as their surfing history through their browser.
Legacy Console Mode
No updates are provided for this outdated console mode. It will be offered as an optional Feature on Demand in later Windows versions. By default, this functionality won’t be installed.
TLS 1.0 and 1.1
Because of several security vulnerabilities, TLS versions 1.0 and 1.1 have been deprecated or prohibited by internet standards and regulatory agencies during the past few years. TLS 1.0 and 1.1 will be deactivated by default beginning with September 2023 Windows 11 Insider Preview versions and continue with subsequent Windows OS releases. This modification improves Windows users’ security posture and promotes the use of contemporary protocols. Re-enabling TLS 1.0 or TLS 1.1 is an alternative for enterprises that must employ these versions. See Resources for defunct features for additional details.
Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool
MSDT is deprecated and will be removed in a future release of Windows. MSDT is used to collect diagnostic data so that support staff can analyze it. See Resources for defunct features for additional details.
Office Defender Application Guard
Microsoft Defender Application Guard is no longer being updated and is being deprecated. This deprecation also includes the Windows.Security.Isolation APIs that are used for Microsoft Defender Application Guard for Office. We advise switching to Windows Defender Application Control, Protected View, and Microsoft Defender for Endpoint attack surface reduction rules.
Computer Browser Protocol
The driver and service for the Computer Browser are no longer supported. The device location protocol used by the browser is outdated and insecure. The SMB1 service was removed from Windows 10 along with this protocol, service, and driver, which were all initially turned off by default. Refer to the MS-BRWS Common Internet File System for additional details on the Computer Browser.
The WebDAV (Web client) service is no longer supported. In Windows, the Web client service is not launched by default. See WebDAV – Win32 programs for additional WebDAV information.
Remote Mailslots are deprecated. First introduced in MS-DOS, the Remote Mailslot protocol is an outdated, straightforward, unreliable, and insecure IPC mechanism. The first version of Windows 11 Insider Preview Build came with this protocol turned off by default. See About Mailslots and [MS-MAIL]: Remote Mailslot Protocol for additional details on Remote Mailslots.
This code has been deprecated. Before being removed from the operating system, VBScript will be made accessible as a feature on demand in upcoming Windows editions. See Resources for defunct features for additional details.
In the past 12 months, Microsoft has been quite active in the deprecation. While Microsoft’s efforts to eliminate outdated Windows components that are incompatible with the current Windows OS are commendable, it is disappointing to see some of these capabilities leaving.
It’s a move toward innovation as we say goodbye to these Windows 11 features. While some cherished features go away, a more sophisticated and streamlined Windows experience is just around the corner. With Windows 11, embrace change, investigate new features, and participate in an era of improved computing.