Microsoft begins rolling out Windows 11 update with video editor and Start menu folders

Microsoft begins rolling out Windows 11 update with video editor and Start menu folders

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Microsoft on Tuesday it said it is starting to roll out the first major update to Windows 11, the current version of its PC operating system. Installing the free update could make PCs more affordable, more convenient, more secure, and maybe even greener.

In the past decade, Microsoft has diversified its business away from Windows by growing its Azure public cloud and acquiring assets such as the LinkedIn enterprise social network, but Windows still generates 12% of the company’s revenue.

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 PC operating system. But the company delivers only one major Windows update each year, compared to two per year for Windows 10. the predecessor of Windows 11.

“Our work is never done to ensure that Windows evolves and adapts to you,” Microsoft product manager Panos Panay wrote in a blog post about the changes.

Among Windows versions, Windows 10 remains the most popular, with a share of around 72%, according to data compiled by the private company StatCounter. Support for that operating system ends in 2025, and many businesses still rely on it for their PC fleets. But Windows 11, first released in October 2021, is growing in popularity, with a 13% share in August, up from 2.6% in January.

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. These are some of the most important changes:

Changes in the start menu. People have been able to pin apps to the Start menu, which now appears in the center of the screen. It’s now possible to create an app folder in that Start menu by dragging one app icon on top of another. Also, the density of the app grid in the Start menu may change. In the Home section of the Settings app, you can click a button that says “More Pins.” Alternatively, you can click “More Recommendations” to see additional suggested files in the Start menu.

A new way to organize windows. Windows 11 comes with a way to arrange windows neatly on your screen. The new update goes further. Instead of hovering over a window’s maximize button to see what Microsoft calls snap layout options, you’ll be able to drag a window to the top of the screen and then drop it onto an area that appears on the screen. You can then place additional windows in other zones. This feature now works with a touch screen.

New video editing app. microsoft a year ago acquired Clipchamp, a startup that created a video editing app. It is now pre-installed on Windows. The free version will allow you to rotate and crop videos, apply a set of filters, draw on stock images and videos, and generate exports without watermarks.

Clipchamp’s video editing app now comes with Windows.

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Energy savings. Windows Update, the tool for downloading and installing operating system updates, can schedule updates to be installed when local utilities depend on energy resources that generate fewer emissions. To use this feature, your PC must be plugged in, turned on, and connected to the Internet, and there must be information on carbon intensity in your area. Microsoft said it also updated the default power settings for “Sleep” and “Screen off” modes that will reduce emissions when PCs are not doing anything.

Expanded access to the Android app. One of the most notable features of Windows 11 is its ability to run Android apps, thanks to the inclusion of the Amazon Appstore. It’s now available in 31 countries, with more than 20,000 Android apps, Microsoft said. The company promises improved graphics performance for Android apps.

Don’t open that app! A feature called Smart Application Control can automatically prevent you from opening an unsafe app or file. You can disable the feature, but Microsoft advises against it, and you won’t be able to re-enable it without reinstalling Windows.

Microsoft’s Windows 11 can now block unsafe files and apps.

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Better graphics for older games. Graphic wins will also appear for games that are based on older DirectX 10 or DirectX 11 APIs and do not run in full-screen mode. This includes variable refresh rate, which can result in more new images being displayed per second for devices with higher refresh rates.

Better video calls with advanced PCs. Some new PCs come with built-in AI chips, and if you have one of those, Windows 11 will be able to remove background noise on video calls, have the camera follow you as you move on calls, and change your video stream to it looks like you’re making eye contact with other people on your calls.

If you have a compatible PC, Windows 11 can make it seem like you’re always making eye contact on video calls.

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Better search. When you search for apps and settings in the search box on the taskbar, the results appear faster and are more accurate.

Close subtitles all things. People are more and more turn on subtitles when they watch video, and a new accessibility feature in Windows called Live Captions makes it possible for audio or video in any app.

Windows 11 can provide subtitles for videos and audio.

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voice commands. Another accessibility feature, Voice Access, gives you a way to control your PC by speaking. Sometimes that can be an easier way to navigate than typing on the keyboard or clicking the mouse.

More voice options. Not everyone liked the sound of the voice reading text on the screen in the Windows Narrator accessibility feature, so now Microsoft offers three natural-sounding voices that are powered by artificial intelligence.

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