Windows 11 deprecates the Steps Recorder and Tips inbox apps

Microsoft has announced that two more inbox apps, Steps Recorder and Tips, are now deprecated in Windows 11. The Steps Recorder will soon be removed from the OS bundle. The same for the Tips app, but it contents will be regularly updated until the app is removed.

Steps Recorder

Microsoft introduced Steps Recorder in Windows 7. It was not present in earlier versions of Windows. Initially called PSR.EXE, later renamed to Steps Recorder, this tool allows users to capture screenshots of their computer activities and add annotations. This feature is particularly helpful for troubleshooting purposes.

The Steps Recorder had a built-in keylogger, a screen capture feature, and an annotation tool. It was created for troubleshooting and compatibility purposes. Once the user collected the information, he could send it to a friend or a tech support person to show what steps he did exactly on his P

Now, Windows 11 deprecates the app. The Microsoft's official website states the following:

Steps Recorder is no longer being updated and will be removed in a future release of Windows. For screen recording, we recommend the Snipping Tool, Xbox Game Bar, or Microsoft Clipchamp.

The Tips app

The Tips app is a another inbox application that provides the user with helpful tips and tricks on using Windows. With its help, you can get the most out of the operating system.

It offers a variety of tutorials and guides on various features and functionalities, helping users to discover hidden features, improve productivity, and enhance their overall Windows experience.

Microsoft will soon remove it from Windows 11, as stated on the Deprecated features page:

The Tips app is deprecated and will be removed in a future release of Windows. Content in the app will continue to be updated with information about new Windows features until the app is removed.

Looks like the Tip app will be replaced by Copilot. It is already capable to provide you with tips on using the OS, and its knowledge base is greatly expanding day by day.

So, if you rely on any of these new-deprecated apps, you should look for an alternative right now.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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