Windows 10 and Windows 11 have the option to use Windows Spotlight wallpapers on the lock screen, which are updated daily. Windows 11 now brings Spotlight to the desktop.
Microsoft launched a new update for Windows 11 earlier this week that includes the ability to set a wallpaper as “Windows Spotlight”. When the option is activated (Settings> Personalization> Background> Customize your background), the wallpaper on your desktop will be update every day with new images selected by Microsoft.
Windows Spotlight on the desktop does not display the same tips and ads as on the lock screen, but adds a shortcut icon in the upper right corner to learn about the current image. You can also use a custom picture, solid color, or a slideshow of images as wallpaper instead.
Microsoft also offered the Bing Wallpaper application for Windows for a while, which adds similar images to automatically switch wallpapers to the desktop. Although Spotlight and Bing usually have the same theme in real-world photos, the actual images are never the same between each service for some reason.
The new feature is long overdue – Microsoft has started testing Windows Spotlight for the desktop as early as 2020. It may have taken a while, but now it’s finally here.