Panos Panay, Microsoft product manager, holds a Surface Neo laptop during a Microsoft product event in New York on October 2, 2019.
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Microsoft on Tuesday said it is beginning to release the first major update to Windows 11, the current version of the PC operating system. Installing free updates can make your PC easier to access, more convenient, more secure – and maybe even greener.
Over the past decade, Microsoft has diversified its business away from Windows by developing the Azure public cloud and acquiring assets like the business social network LinkedIn, but Windows still generates 12% of revenue. of the company.
The updates help Microsoft show that it hasn’t given up on modernizing Windows, which dates back to the 1980s and is more popular than any other operating system for personal computers. But the company only delivers a sizable update to Windows per year, compared to two per year for Windows 10, forerunner of Windows 11.
Panos Panay, product manager at Microsoft, wrote in a blog post about these changes: “Our work was never done to make sure Windows evolves and adapts to you.
Among Windows versions, Windows 10 remains the most popular, with around 72% market share, according to data collected by private StatCounter. Support for that operating system will end in 2025, and many businesses are still relying on it for their PC fleets. But Windows 11, first released in October 2021, is growing in popularity, with a 13% market share in August, up from 2.6% in January.
The Windows 11 2022 update, as the new version is called, comes with a video editing program, new customization options for the Start menu, and access to additional Android apps. Here are some of the biggest changes:
The start menu changes. People were able to pin apps to the Start menu, which now appears in the center of the screen. You can now create an apps folder in that Start menu by dragging one app icon on top of another. In addition, the density of the application grid in the Start menu may change. In the Start section of the Settings app, you can click the button that says “Add Pin”. Alternatively, you can click “More Suggestions” to see additional suggested files in the Start menu.
A new way to arrange windows. Windows 11 comes with a way to arrange windows neatly on your desktop. The new update goes further. Instead of hovering over a window’s maximize button to see what Microsoft calls a Snap Layout option, you’ll be able to drag a window to the top of the screen and then drop it into an area that appears on the screen. You can then place additional windows in other areas. This feature now works with touch screens.
New video editing app. A year ago Microsoft buying Clipchamp, a startup that built a video editing app. It is now pre-installed in Windows. The free version will allow you to rotate and crop videos, apply a set of filters, paint on existing images and videos, and create exports without watermarks.
Clipchamp video editing application now comes with Windows.
Energy saving. Windows Update, the tool that downloads and installs operating system updates, can schedule updates to install when local utilities rely on energy sources that produce lower emissions. To use this feature, your PC must be plugged in, turned on, and connected to the internet, and must have information on carbon intensity in your area. Microsoft says it has also updated the default power settings for “Sleep” and “Screen Off” to reduce emissions when the PC is idle.
Expanded Android app access. One of the most notable features of Windows 11 is the ability to run Android apps, thanks to the Amazon Appstore. Microsoft is now present in 31 countries with over 20,000 Android apps. The company promises to improve graphics performance for Android apps.
Don’t open that app! A feature called Smart App Control can automatically prevent you from opening an unsafe app or file. You can turn the feature off, but Microsoft doesn’t recommend it, and you won’t be able to turn it back on without reinstalling Windows.
Microsoft’s Windows 11 can now block unsafe files and apps.
Better graphics for older games. Graphical benefits will also show for Game is based on the older DirectX 10 or DirectX 11 application programming interface and does not run in full screen mode. This includes variable refresh rates, which can result in more new images being displayed per second for devices with higher refresh rates.
Better video calls with advanced PC. Some new PCs come with artificial intelligence chips, and if you have one of those, Windows 11 will be able to cancel out background noise during video calls, letting the camera track you as you move during the call. call and change your video feed. You seem to be making eye contact with others during your call.
If you have a compatible PC, Windows 11 can make you look like you’re always making eye contact during video calls.
Better search. When you search for apps and settings in the search box on the taskbar, the results are displayed faster and more accurately.
Close annotation all things. More and more people turn on closed captions when they watch videos, and a new accessibility feature in Windows called Live Captions makes this possible for audio or video in any application.
Windows 11 can provide subtitles for video and audio.
Commands. Another accessibility feature, Voice Access, gives you a way to control your PC with your voice. Sometimes it can be easier to navigate than typing on a keyboard or clicking a mouse.
More voice options. Not everyone likes the sound of voices reading text on the screen in the Windows Narrator accessibility feature, so Microsoft is now offering three artificial intelligence-based, natural-sounding voices.
Those running Windows 11 can install the new update by opening the Settings app, navigating to Windows Update, and clicking the button that says “Check for updates.” Windows 10 users can see if their PC can run Windows 11 using the PC Health Check app, and Windows Update will show them if they’re eligible to upgrade to the Windows 11 2022 Update, or aka Windows 11, version 22H2.
Not all Windows features that early adopters had access to through the Microsoft Windows Insider Program will be available immediately. Ability to view multiple folders as tabs in File Explorer, a feature already on Apple MacOS in two thousand and thirteenwill arrive in October.