The Windows 11 2023 Update incorporates all the major new Windows features that emerged a bit earlier last month.
Today, Microsoft is launching the Windows 11 2023 Update, initially expected to be a significant update to Windows 11.
The 2023 Update for Windows 11 Brings Changes to Microsoft Teams
However, many features, including the new Windows Copilot, AI-powered updates to Paint, Snipping Tool, and Photos, RGB lighting support, a modernized File Explorer, and more, were released by Microsoft a bit early last month in the Windows 11 2023 Update (23H2).
The primary change in the Windows 11 2023 Update is the removal of the Microsoft Teams integration known as Chat.
John Cable, VP of program management for Windows servicing and delivery, states that Chat has been transformed into Microsoft Teams (free) and is now pinned by default to the taskbar.
Streamlined Microsoft Teams Experience and the Challenges of Initial Integration
When you click to launch Microsoft Teams, you’ll find a streamlined communications experience, enabling you to chat, call, meet, and create a space for community groups to come together, organize, and share ideas in just a click or two.
The initial Microsoft Teams integration was tightly integrated into the operating system and was set as the default in the taskbar. Unlike most apps, you couldn’t easily unpin it; you had to navigate to settings to disable it from the taskbar.
Chat was consistently a puzzling aspect of Windows 11 and had a peculiar limitation where it was only available for consumers, rendering it impractical for the vast majority of Microsoft Teams users who use the work version of the app.
Microsoft Teams’ initial integration was deeply woven into the operating system and served as the default in the taskbar. Unlike most apps, unpinning it was not straightforward; you had to go into settings to remove it from the taskbar.
The Chat feature in Windows 11 was always perplexing, and it had the unusual limitation of being available only for consumers, which made it unhelpful for the majority of Microsoft Teams users who rely on the work version of the app.