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The start menu search box in Windows 10 contributes significantly to Bing’s search volume, delivering nearly 50% as much search volume as the Bing website.
It seems Microsoft is getting ready to return to that well, with a new hidden feature uncovered in the latest build of Windows 10 H1 Build 18932.
According to regular Windows hacker Albacore, that build has a feature which enables a Bing search box on the Home screen.
I'm not sure why you'd want this but, with build 18932, you can now enable a persistent search box on the lock screen.
Feature: "BingSearchLockscreen" ID 17917466 pic.twitter.com/3KLNU3e1A8
— Albacore (@thebookisclosed) July 3, 2019
The feature can be enabled using a tool such as Mach2, though its use case appears rather unclear.
Do our readers see any point in doing a typed Bing search from the lock screen? Let us know below.