The update, available free to current Windows 11 users, was released Tuesday in more than 190 countries. Many new features align with Microsoft’s vision for the future of hybrid working.
Panay, who said Windows 11 is the most widely used version of Windows in its history, explained how the latest update aims to make PC remote work even easier and more secure. For example, a new tool called Smart App control uses AI to prevent malicious or untrusted apps from running on devices. Microsoft calls Windows 11 the most secure version of the operating system to date.
Other changes include improvements to the Snap layout program which helps people optimize their view when they need to have multiple apps or documents in front of them at the same time. It also introduces a “Tune-Up Sessions” and “Do Not Disturb” feature to help minimize distractions that take you away from the task at hand. When you start a new tune-up session, it activates the Do Not Disturb feature which disables all notifications and disables taskbar badges.
The Start menu is also refreshed, including a faster and more accurate search function and new ways to customize the menu. There are also now tabs available in File Explorer, which Panay said was the most requested request from Windows users.
Meanwhile, a new tool called Windows Studio Effects helps improve video and audio calls using AI technology that filters out background noises, such as lawn mowers and crying babies, and blurs objects. background. It also subtly raises the speaker’s eyes to make it look like they’re looking directly at the camera during video calls.
Microsoft is also rolling out some of its previously announced accessibility features, including system-wide live captions that automatically generate captions from any form of audio content on Windows 11, and a update of Natural Voices for Narrator, which more closely mirrors natural speech patterns and helps with reading documents or browsing the web.