Windows 11 Start menu rolls out Microsoft 365 menu that hides key features | Laptop News

IT admins and users are unhappy with Windows 11’s new feature that integrates Microsoft account overview into the Start menu. Microsoft is rolling out the feature to everyone with Windows 11 KB5039302, which is an optional update. This means the feature will be enabled for everyone on July 9 when Microsoft ships Patch Tuesday updates.

So what has changed, and why do people dislike it? Until now, you could open the Start menu and click on your profile picture or name to access options like Change account settings, Lock, and Sign out.

Microsoft is replacing the Start menu’s accounts menu with a new Microsoft account-powered experience.

After installing the Windows updates now available for everyone outside the testing program, you’ll notice that your profile picture or name now opens the “Microsoft experience” menu, which lets you view your Microsoft 365 subscription and other details.

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve subscribed to a Microsoft 365 plan or not—you’ll still see the new menu.

As shown in the above screenshot, the new Microsoft account UI in the Start menu hides “Sign out and Switch user” options under a new three-dot menu. It also encourages you to link your Microsoft account if you’ve configured the PC with a local account.

If you use a Microsoft account, the Start menu’s new popup encourages you to use OneDrive or set up a recovery email.

Microsoft celebrates it as one of the most useful updates to the Start menu. In a support document published on June 25,…

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