The rollout of Windows 11 2022, the first update to Microsoft’s latest operating system, has already begun, and it introduces new features related to security, ease of use, accessibility, and productivity.
In the area of security, those from Redmond have introduced intelligent application control so that the user can download any app with greater confidence. In addition, the new Microsoft Defender SmartScreen identifies when people enter their Microsoft credentials into a malicious app or hacked website and alerts them, and Windows Hello for Business now has a new presence detection feature, so Devices equipped with specific sensors and Windows Hello securely log in when the authorized user approaches and lock them out when they leave.
When it comes to ease of use, the update includes new features to anticipate user needs and save time on a daily basis: new Start menu, faster and more accurate search, faster configuration, and monitoring improved local and current events in the Widgets dashboard.
New accessibility features include the inclusion of system-wide live captions, which are automatically generated from any audio; voice access that allows control of the PC or a more natural narrator voice, creating a more pleasant audio to help read or surf the web, although at the moment the last two features are only available in the US market.
In the field of productivity, the update includes improvements in Snap designs, which are used to optimize the view on the screen when you need to see several applications or documents at the same time. With this update, layouts are more versatile, with better touch navigation and the ability to adjust multiple browser tabs in Microsoft Edge. In addition, the system now incorporates focus sessions and “do not disturb” to minimize distractions, so that when you start a new focus session, Windows will activate “do not disturb”, muting notifications and deactivating bar badges. of tasks. Focus also integrates with the clock app, launching a timer to help the user focus, even reminding them to rest.
Microsoft has also added improvements to increase your quality of video calls. The new Windows Studio camera app and new sound effects provide a better AI-powered experience. Features include Voice Focus, to filter out background noise and give prominence to the voice; background blur, which offers a more professional experience; Eye Contact, to make interaction between people more natural by maintaining eye contact between them; and automatic framing, with which the image displayed by the camera follows the user as they move.
The new version of Windows 11 takes into account carbon emissions in the area where we are. With this information, it is capable of programming the installations at those specific times of the day when fewer emissions are produced, transferring excess energy consumption to the time when energy production comes from a greater proportion of renewable sources. In addition, the company has also made some changes to the default power settings for sleep mode and screen off, with the aim of helping reduce carbon emissions when computers are idle.
Starting in October, the following features will arrive:
— File explorer improvements: they include the addition of tabs to help the user organize their sessions like they do in Microsoft Edge. The new file explorer home page will give quick access to favorite and recent files; It will allow you to pin important files for quick and easy access, including information about the actions that other users perform on files shared through OneDrive; and will provide personalized suggestions based on your Microsoft 365 account.
— Application Photos: Microsoft will introduce a new photo management experience with a gallery that makes it easy to browse, search, manage, and view your photo collection. It will also make it easy to back up photos with OneDrive, enjoy powerful experiences on Windows devices, and the “Memories” feature.
— Suggested actions when copying: when copying, for example, phone numbers or dates, the user will get suggested actions such as making a call through Teams or adding an event to the calendar.
— Taskbar Overflow: the taskbar will provide an entry point to an overflow menu, allowing you to see all of your overflowed applications in one space.
— Share with more devices: Starting in October, users will also be able to share with more devices, including desktop computers, using the “share” feature.