When Windows 11 was released last year, Microsoft announced that, unlike Windows 10, which received two feature updates per year, it would only receive one major update per year, with other features added from time to time. On Tuesday, the company released the first of these annual updates in more than 190 countries.
However, you may not see it right away. As noted by John Cable, vice president of program management for Windows Service and Delivery in his blog post describing how to get the update, “Metered and Staged Deployment will deliver the update through Windows Update when the data shows your device is ready, as our goal is to provide a quality update experience. We will initially increase the availability of the offer in the first few weeks as we monitor quality signals. If we detect that your device may have an issue, such as an app incompatibility, we may implement a security hold and not offer the update until the issue is resolved.”
The release date marks the beginning of the support life cycle for version, which is 24 months for Home and Pro editions, and 36 months for Education and Enterprise editions.
Dubbed Windows 11 2022 Update, the release contains a flock of new features in multiple areas. Microsoft groups them into four buckets: making the PC easier and more secure to use; empower people to be more productive; make Windows the best place to connect, create and play; and bringing greater security, management and flexibility to the workplace. In the real world, all of that means they’ve addressed a fair number of major user complaints about the first version of the OS.
For starters, the Start menu has finally been updated to support folders, which previous versions of Windows had supported all along, drag-and-drop of apps to the taskbar has been restored, and search has been improved, though what Microsoft called number one. ask: tabs in file explorer, not there? It’s scheduled to be added in October, along with an updated Photos app, a taskbar overflow area, and the generation of suggested actions when certain types of data, like dates and phone numbers, are backed up.
New accessibility features in the 2022 update include system-wide Live Captions to generate closed captions from any form of audio, a Voice Access Preview that allows users to control PCs and enter text by voice, and Natural Voices for Narrator which makes audio assistance sound more like human speech
Microsoft has worked on Snap’s designs to make them more flexible and added focus sessions and Do Not Disturb, which mute notifications so people can work without interruption. Focus can also remind users to take breaks.
Game time is not neglected either: the store experience has been improved, Windows Studio effects improve video and audio calls, there are new tools for creators and additional gaming features. GamePass is built into the operating system through the Xbox app.
Compatible Systems soon you’ll enjoy an expanded preview of the Amazon Appstore reaching more international users, including Canadians, with Android apps and games. Additionally, Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) will enjoy 2-3x faster graphics performance with hardware acceleration, video DRM support, improved input handling via touch, mouse, and keyboard, and various enhancements. network and security.
On the security front, Microsoft Defender SmartScreen will identify when users enter their Microsoft credentials into malicious apps or hacked websites and alert them, and a presence detection feature in Windows Hello for Business enables machines with presence sensors sign in securely through Windows Hello when you walk up to the computer and log them out when you walk away.
Smart App Control, available on new Windows 11 devices or with a clean install of the 2022 update, will block untrusted or unsigned malicious apps, scripts, and macros (the rationale for requiring a clean install). is to ensure that there are no malicious applications on the machine).
For those eager to install the update, open Windows Update in Settings and select Check for updates. If Windows 11 2022 Update (also known as Windows 11, version 22H2) is available for your PC, you will be presented with the option to download and install.
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