Windows 11 2022 Update is the first major update packaged by Microsoft for its operating system. It comes less than a year after the launch of the original version, bringing with it a long series of innovations that have undergone an intense test phase in recent months, as always thanks to the collaboration with the Insider community. The package is already being rolled out for over 190 countries around the world.
What’s in the Windows 11 2022 Update?
This is yet another step in the path started with the launch of Microsoft 365 first and then of Windows 365, leveraging the potential offered by the Azure cloud to simplify daily activities. The stated goal is to improve the productivitythe safety and the approach cross-platform.
To reach it, however, it is necessary, first of all, make the platform accessible to allremoving any residual barriers that still prevent their use by certain categories of users or on certain devices.
We know that complexity is an obstacle for too many people. Windows 11 introduced a sense of simplicity to PC use, with an intuitive design that users love. We are building the foundation with new features to ensure that the content and information you need is always at your fingertips, through updates to the Start menu, faster and more accurate searches, quick settings, improved coverage of local and current events in the widget area and the most requested novelty by you, the tabs in File Explorer. All of this helps Windows anticipate your needs and save you time.
So let’s review what are the new features introduced with the 2022 Update of the operating system, some of which have already been mentioned.
At the level of accessibilitybrings with it the ability to show i subtitles for each content played, regardless of the application used. The captions are generated automatically, analyzing the audio stream in real time.
Staying on the subject, we add the ability to control the PC and write documents using only your voice, thanks to technology Natural Voices for the voice assistant. It should be noted that these two features are initially only available in the United States.
As for the productivity and multitasking, Microsoft has introduced an improvement to the Snap to optimize window organization on the desktop (and within the Edge browser). Then there are Focus to avoid distractions when you need to stay focused and move forward in battery management, for the benefit of those operating from a laptop.
They are part of the update new audio and video effects designed to improve the quality of the stream transmitted during video callsleveraging the intervention of artificial intelligence.
Between these, Voice Focus employs an algorithm for advanced background noise cancellation, while Blur background applies a realistic blur to what is behind the user, Eye Contact makes your gaze seem always pointed in the direction of the interlocutors e Automatic Framing adjusts the camera framing by itself when you move. Some of these features have already been seen in action on the individual platforms for smart working and remote communication, but are now integrated at the operating system level.
Clipchampthe video editor captured last year, is now included in Windows 11. Offers a simplified and accessible experience for all to create and edit content, with templates, effects and styles at your fingertips of clicks.
There are also news for fans of gaming. The most important is a general performance optimization. Then there are the support forAuto HDR and al Variable Refresh Rate for the titles executed. All this without forgetting the vast and ever-expanding catalog offered by the Game Pass subscription, accessible from PC through the Xbox application.
Although with a considerable delay, theAmazon Appstore to download the android applications is now available in new territories, albeit always in the form of Preview and provided that the defined hardware requirements are met. There are over 20,000 to download, install and use on your computer.
The new Defender SmartScreen it is activated when the user enters their Microsoft account credentials in a potentially malicious app or on a suspicious site, showing a warning accordingly.
On the front of the safety an improvement of Hello for Business, to prevent someone from taking control of your PC when its rightful owner walks away. The list is completed with Smart App Control for blocking potentially harmful apps, macros or scripts.
The intention of the Redmond group is to evolve the platform to respond to the needs expressed by users, also as a consequence of the important changes that the health crisis has introduced and to which, of course, we have become accustomed. New ways to work and collaborate, but also to communicate and have fun.
In order to understand which is the Microsoft’s vision linked to the present and future of Windows, we refer to the words of Panos Panay, Executive Vice President & Chief Product Officer of the Windows and Devices division.
We’re excited to take this further step with Windows 11 to inspire businesses like yours. Windows 11 was designed to bring people together, to help them play and have fun, to boost productivity, and to inspire creativity. Serving over a billion people, Windows is the platform for global innovation. For business, Windows 11 is the operating system for hybrid work and the safest version of Windows ever. For developers and creators, Windows 11 is an open platform that creates even greater economic opportunities for creation. We will continue to invest with the goal of delivering Windows experiences that enrich people’s lives while aspiring to meet your ever-changing needs.
More new features coming soon
The release of the 2022 Update package for Windows 11 will be followed by the distribution of additional updates, more frequent than in the past. Already by October we will see the launch of new features. Here are which ones.
- File Explorer (File Explorer): users will finally be able to organize open items within tabs, just like in the browser, thus improving multitasking;
- Photo (Photos): a new version of the app will introduce an unprecedented gallery experience and simplify the viewing of images, as well as their backup on OneDrive;
- Actions on Copy: by copying phone numbers or dates you will get suggestions on the actions to be taken, for example making a call or adding an event to the calendar;
- Overflow for the taskbar: the icons of open applications for which there is no more space on the screen will be gathered in a small dedicated pop-up box;
- Sharing with devices: improvements for sharing with nearby devices.
Official licenses for the operating system are available on Amazon for the Home and Pro versions.