Microsoft released its first major update for Windows 11 on Tuesday. The update includes new security, productivity, accessibility, and gaming features.
The operating system is fast approaching its first anniversary. At launch, the new operating system brought dozens of new features to life, including a redesigned interface, widgets, a more accessible Microsoft Teams experience, multiple desktops, and Snap Layouts and Groups, as well as Android apps.
This is what’s new:
Windows 11 update makes your PC easier to use
The new Windows 11 update adds faster and more accurate search in the Start menu, Quick Settings, as well as better coverage of local and current events in your Widgets panel. In October, Windows 11 will get a long-requested feature: tabs in File Explorer.
Windows 11 now has more productivity tools
Windows 11 launched with features geared toward multitaskers and users who wanted more organization. Neatly organizing open windows on your desktop, Snap Layouts is more versatile with this new update with improved touch navigation and the ability to snap multiple browser tabs in Microsoft Edge.
Windows 11 update adds new accessibility features
Narrator, the built-in screen reader in Windows 11, will receive more natural voices, improving text-to-speech.
Additionally, the new system-wide live captions will go beyond the live captioning features of individual apps. System-wide live subtitles will be displayed at the top of the screen and below the camera by default, but users can change the location of the subtitles to the bottom of the screen or a separate floating window. Additionally, by capturing microphone audio, live captioning can now transcribe in-person conversations.
Smart app control and security
Smart App Control should give you more confidence when downloading apps in Windows 11, according to Microsoft. The tool blocks untrusted or unsigned applications, script files, and potentially malicious macros from invading your machine. Essentially, the tool predicts the security of an application in real time. The feature, based on the same AI used in Windows Defender Application Control, is available for personal or business use.
Best video calls and content tools for creators
At launch, Windows 11 made Microsoft Teams more accessible. The latest update introduces Windows Studio Effects, which can improve audio and video calls. The new camera in Windows Studio uses Voice Focus to filter out background noise, a background blurring tool, Eye Contact, to make it look like you’re always looking at the camera, and Automatic Framing that keeps the camera with you as you move. .
Android games and apps
The Windows 11 update makes it easier to access games with the new control bar. This also provides an updated view of the Xbox Game Bar for quicker access to recently played games and launchers. According to Microsoft, the update will also push gaming performance optimizations that improve latency and unlock Auto HDR and Variable Refresh.
The latest Windows 11 update aims to make it easier to reduce your device’s carbon emissions.