Windows 11 Update Brings New Search Box, But AI Integration is Hype

The production build of Windows 11 is getting a major update that’s available right now via the Update menu in settings. Build 22621.1344 provides a wide range of new capabilities which insiders have had access to in beta, dev or pre release builds. These include tighter integration with Teams, more widgets, a tabbed Notepad, and screen recording in the Snipping Tool. However, the real star of the show is a new search box that’s integrated into the taskbar and features a prominent promotion for “the new Bing.”

In its Windows Experience post on the update, Microsoft makes the bold but exaggerated claim that the update brings “the amazing capability of the new AI-powered Bing directly into the taskbar.” However, because AI has become 2023’s biggest marketing buzzword, it’s worth deconstructing what this actually means.

AI Integration Just Means Launching Your Browser