Microsoft releases the first major update for Windows 11

When Windows 11 launched last year, Microsoft announced that unlike Windows 10, which receives two feature updates each year, it will only get 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.

You can’t, however, see it right away. As John Cable, Vice President, Program Management, Windows Service and Delivery noted in his book Blog post Describing how to get the update, “A measured and tiered rollout will provide the update via Windows Update when the data shows your device is ready, as our goal is to provide a high-quality update experience. We will initially increase the availability of offerings in the first weeks while we monitor for quality signals. If we detect that your device is It may have a problem, such as app incompatibility, we may place a protective hold and not offer the update until this issue is resolved.”

The release date indicates the beginning of a file life cycle support for release, which is 24 months for Home and Pro editions, and 36 months for Education and Enterprise editions.

The version named Windows 11 2022 Update contains a file Flock of new features in multiple regions. Microsoft groups them into four groups: making your computer easier and safer to use; Empowering people to be more productive; Make Windows the best place to connect, create, and play; And provide more security, management and flexibility in the workplace. In the real world, this means that they addressed a slew of major user complaints about the first version of the operating system.

First of all, the Start menu has finally been updated to support folders, which previous versions of Windows supported from the start, dragging and dropping apps to the taskbar has been restored, and search has been improved, although what Microsoft called the number one ask: tabs in File Explorer, not there — due to be added in October, along with an updated Photos app, taskbar override area, and suggested actions creation when certain types of data, like dates and phone numbers, have been copied.

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New accessibility features in the 2022 update include system-wide live captions for creating captions from any form of audio, Voice Access Preview that allows users to control PCs and compose text by voice, and Narrator natural sounds that make voice assistants voice More like a human speech.

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Microsoft worked on Snap layouts to make them more flexible, and added focus sessions and Do Not Disturb, which silences notifications so people can get work done without interruption. Focus can also remind users to take breaks.

Playtime isn’t neglected either – the Store experience has been improved, Windows Studio Effects have improved video and audio calls, there are new creation tools, and additional gaming features. GamePass is built into the operating system through the Xbox app.

Compatible systems You’ll soon enjoy an extended Amazon Appstore preview that reaches more international users, including Canadians, with Android apps and games. In addition, the Windows for Android Subsystem (WSA) will enjoy two to three times faster graphics performance with hardware acceleration, DRM video support, improved input processing via touch, mouse and keyboard, and many network and security improvements.

On the security front, Microsoft Defender SmartScreen will identify and alert when users enter their Microsoft credentials into malicious apps or compromised websites, and Windows Hello Business Presence Sensing lets devices with presence sensors securely sign in users via Windows Hello when they approach from the computer, and log them off when they walk away.

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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 no malicious apps actually exist on the device).

For those who want to install the update, open Windows Update in Settings and select Check for updates. If the 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.