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Windows 10 Feature Experience Pack: What is Microsoft doing?

You may have already noticed that your machine has the Feature Experience Pack installed. (Image source: @teroalhonen)
You may have already noticed that your machine has the Feature Experience Pack installed. (Image source: @teroalhonen)
Microsoft has brought Feature Experience Packs to Windows 10. If you have already downloaded and installed Windows 10 2004, then you may have noticed the change tucked deep within Windows Settings. Microsoft is keeping quiet about what the Feature Experience Pack is though and why it sought to include this in Windows 10 2004.
Alex Alderson,

Microsoft has explained at length the changes that it made to Windows 10 with version 2004, but the purpose of the Windows Feature Experience Pack has flown under the radar somewhat. If you have already download and installed Windows 10 2004, then you may have spotted the Windows Feature Experience Pack within the About sub-section of Windows Settings. However, Microsoft is yet to explain what the Feature Experience Pack actually is. According to ZDNet, an official spokesperson of the company stated that "Microsoft has nothing to share" about the Feature Experience pack, either.

So while Microsoft is keeping quiet about its intentions behind the Windows Feature Experience Pack, the company considers it one of Windows 10's Features on DemandZDNet states that the Feature Experience Pack includes Snip & Sketch, along with updated versions of the text input panel and shell-suggestion UI.

Microsoft has distributed the Feature Experience Pack through Windows Update, although it is also available to download from the Microsoft Store, even for Windows 10X. The app provides no functionality currently, at least on Windows 10 1909. Microsoft recommends against uninstalling the Feature Experience Pack on version 2004, though.

ZDNet suggests that the Feature Experience Pack could form part of Microsoft's strategy to split system apps from the Windows Core OS. The effect of this could be that Microsoft can update these apps more frequently and without needing to release new versions of Windows 10 to do so, as Google has been doing with Android. Regardless, we fail to see why Microsoft has "nothing to share" about the Feature Experience Pack when it has included it in Windows 10 2004.

The Windows Feature Experience Pack app is just a dummy. (Image source: Notebookcheck)
The Windows Feature Experience Pack app is just a dummy. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

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ZDNet via Liliputing & Tero Alhonen - Image credit

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Alex Alderson, 2020-06-15 (Update: 2020-06-15)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor - @aldersonaj
Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.