Il Digital Markets Act (DMA) is a European Union regulation that aims to regulate large digital platforms by tackling anti-competitive commercial practices and preventing all monopolistic behaviour. The regulatory requirements are focused on the “high added value digital platforms”, considered gatekeeper. The European Commission has identified some gatekeepers (Alphabet-Google, Amazon, Apple, Bytedance, Meta and Microsoft) that enjoy a dominant position in the digital market and who are required, among other obligations, to open up their products, making them interoperable with those of the competition.
Microsoft published a long note explaining how Windows 11 will adhere to the DMA by following the regulatory indications. And this is not a simple declaration of intent because the new features are already included in the preview version build 22631.2787 of Windows 11 23H2. Once the final checks have been completed, the same changes will be distributed to the entire audience of users. This will happen, however, no later than 6 March 2024 (this is the date set by the European Commission as the deadline).
Windows 11 allows you to uninstall Edge and allows you to disable Bing integration
For the first time in history, Microsoft explains that Windows users will be able to uninstall the browser present by default. Typing Installed apps in the Windows 11 search box, next to the entry Microsoft Edgeyou can find the option Uninstall (which until now was shown in grey, therefore not selectable).
Along with Edge, it becomes possible to uninstall system applications like Photo e Cameras beyond that remove Bing. We have already seen in the past how to eliminate Bing from the Start menu: now, however, this possibility is offered directly by Microsoft and is accessible from the window Installed apps.
The operating system becomes more interoperable
Microsoft refers to “interoperability points” as mechanisms and interfaces through which applications can interact and integrate with Windows features. These interoperability points give developers the ability to create apps that work more effectively with the operating system and provide a better user experience.
The Redmond company describes Windows 11 as one open platform with an API (Application Programming Interface) robust, which represents a set of rules and tools through which applications can communicate with the operating system. And he points out that many Windows features are specifically designed to broaden the “reach” of apps. Examples such as are cited notifications eh widget. Third-party apps can provide feeds for Windows Widgets or integrate with web search results in Windows Search.
Microsoft account synchronization
Users residing within the European Economic Area (EEA) are now asked by Windows to decide if they want sync their Microsoft account. This way you can choose whether to make the data available on other Windows devices and in Microsoft products where you log in with your credentials.
Information saved in your Microsoft account from other company products will also be available in Windows. Among other things, users can restore settings, apps, and passwords from another PC.
The concept is that users are now free to determine whether or not information should be uploaded to Microsoft servers, with the ability to deny data transfer even when not using a local account.
Microsoft concluded his speech by expressing its intention to continue to collaborate with the European Commission to finalize its compliance obligations with current regulations.