The company is thinking about making Windows Spotlight the new norm.
When you do a fresh install of Windows, you’re always greeted with the factory default wallpaper once the OS boots up. However, that experience may be a thing of the past as Microsoft is trying out a new default Windows 11 wallpaper—and it’s a dynamic one.
Windows 11’s New Default Wallpaper
As reported by Neowin, Microsoft wants to replace the “Bloom” wallpaper. Bloom is the wallpaper that sort of looks like an artistic blue flower, and it has recently become synonymous with Windows 11 as a whole.
However, Microsoft is thinking about giving its default wallpaper status to Windows Spotlight. If you’ve customized your Windows 11 lock screen to show you a random photo of a scenic area every day, that’s Windows Spotlight doing its job.
So far, Microsoft hasn’t declared that it will definitely change out Bloom. However, the change is currently live on Dev Build 22598, and if it does make its way onto the main branch, then daily changing photos will become the new norm for Windows 11’s wallpaper.
An Interesting Change for Windows 11
It’s unclear why Microsoft wants to ax Bloom as the flagship Windows 11 wallpaper. However, due to the dynamic nature of Windows Spotlight, it may be because it gives the company more leeway to show users want it wants them to see.
If you use Windows Spotlight for your lock screen, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the little prompts that come with them. They usually pose a trivia question or invite you to learn more about the photo. Clicking on them opens up the Edge browser and performs a Bing search on the topic.
These little interactions are bound to be good for Microsoft’s numbers as it promotes both Bing and Edge use. As such, by making the photos the default wallpaper, Microsoft may be hoping to increase the number of users clicking on these little points of interest to learn more.
A New Wallpaper, Every Day
As this change is still in the Dev channel, there’s a chance that it may never see the light of day. However, if it does make it to release, it may be time to say bye-bye to Bloom’s iconic representation of Microsoft’s new operating system.