Last year, we reported on Microsoft'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 Windows 10 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.
Windows Spotlight now finally works as a desktop background source, if you choose to you use it you also get this "Learn about this picture" item in bottom right
Hovering over it shows the place's name as well as credit, double clicking Bings the place (2/?) pic.twitter.com/seFqaBqVVF
— Albacore (@thebookisclosed) March 17, 2021
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 Windows 10 21H1 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.
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