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Microsoft Opens Windows Spotlight for Desktop in Full Preview

Windows Spotlight for desktop in Windows 10 is now in a preview and for the first time is working for Windows Insiders.


Last year, we reported on 's plan to extend Windows Spotlight to the platform desktop. In doing so, the company will enable Bing wallpapers to automatically change on the desktop. It seems now the feature is working on testing channels.

Spotlight is the tool Microsoft uses to switch Bing images on the lock screen. At the moment, it is limited solely to the lock screen and does not extend to the desktop. Most people really love Windows Spotlight because Bing images are frankly amazing.

By extending it to desktop, users will be able to automatically change desktop wallpapers to see a different Bing image at intervals. It's amazing Microsoft has not done this sooner, but at least it is happening now.

Since first testing Spotlight on desktop last year, Microsoft has hidden the feature, only opening it under experimental flags. That basically means it was not working as the company worked on the underlying development.

Now Working

Windows watcher, Albacore, now says the release of Windows 10 Insider Build 21337 has opened the feature for full testing and with functionality. Like in the lock screen, users can “learn about this picture” through an icon on the bottom right of the page. This brings up some basic info about the image, including who the photographer was.

While the upcoming release of is happening too early for Spotlight on desktop, we expect the feature to be available with Windows 10 21H2 in the fall.

Regarding Spotlight in general, sometimes this excellent lock screen feature misbehaves. If you are having issues with the tool, it's worth checking out our tutorial showing you how to fix Windows Spotlight.

Tip of the day:

If you need to create an ad-hoc network, you can do it on Windows 10. In our tutorial we show you how to easily create a shareable wireless internet connection in Windows 10 as a free WIFI hotspot.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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