Microsoft to Add Desktop Spotlight on Windows 10

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INTRO: Microsoft’s Windows 10 20H2 update, also known as the October 2020 update, is right around the corner for the general users. While 20H2 is going to be a comparatively minor release with a couple of changes, Microsoft is now testing desktop support for Windows Spotlight within the latest Insider build.

For those unaware, Windows Spotlight automatically changes the wallpaper a day . So far, Microsoft has limited the feature to the lock screen and it is now finally making its thanks to the desktop. The change was first reported by Twitter user Albacore.

Once available, you will see an option named ‘Spotlight collection’ under Settings -> Personalization -> Background. However, you might not see it if you install the latest Insider build since the feature is still in internal testing for the moment.

It is noteworthy that you can already set the daily Microsoft Bing photos as your desktop background on Windows 10. To do so, all you need is the Bing Wallpaper app, which you can download from Microsoft Store. However, one aspect that wedidn’t adore once I used the app earlier this year is that Microsoft adds an enormous Bing watermark on the wallpapers. Since Windows Spotlight typically doesn’t add watermarks, one would hope that the upcoming desktop implementation won’t have any noticeable Microsoft branding that could potentially ruin the look and feel of the desktop.

Another feature within the works is theme-aware splash screens on UWP apps. In other words, the app’s splash screen will respect the system theme (Light or Dark) of Windows 10. In the current implementation, the apps show the first accent color the splash screen. While this is often a subtle change, it should bring more consistency throughout Windows 10 UI, especially if you’re someone who regularly uses UWP apps.
Featured Image Courtesy: Twitter/ Albacore

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