On Tuesday, Microsoft issued the first significant upgrade for Windows 11. New security, productivity, accessibility, and gaming features are included in the update. You can follow our step-by-step instructions for downloading the new update.
The operating system will celebrate its one-year milestone in early October. The new operating system launched with a redesigned interface, widgets, a more accessible Microsoft Teams experience, multiple desktops and Snap Layouts and Groups, as well as Android apps.
On all new Windows 11 devices, the update also enables Hypervisor-protected code integrity, or HVCI, and the Microsoft vulnerable driver block list by default. In the upgrade, Microsoft has also improved identity protection and simplified password management.
The Windows 11 update makes it easier to utilize your computer
The new Windows 11 update includes a faster, more accurate search in the Start menu, Quick Settings, and improved coverage of local and current events on your Widgets board. Tabs in File Explorer will be added to Windows 11 in October, which has been a long-requested feature.
Windows 11 now includes additional productivity features
Windows 11 debuted with improvements aimed at multitaskers and those looking for better organization. Snap Layouts, which elegantly arrange open Windows on your desktop, are more adaptable with this new update, with enhanced touch navigation and the option to snap multiple browser tabs in Microsoft Edge.
To reduce distractions, the update offers Focus sessions as well as a Do Not Disturb mode. According to Microsoft, when you start a new Focus session, Windows switches to Do Not Disturb mode. This mutes notifications, disables taskbar badges, and disables app notifications in our task bar. Focus also enhances the Clock App with timers to assist you in focusing and remembering to take breaks.
New accessibility features are included in the Windows 11 release
The text-to-speech capability in Windows 11’s built-in screen reader, Narrator, will acquire more natural voices.
Furthermore, new system-wide live captions will go beyond the live caption functionalities of particular apps. By default, system-wide live captions will appear at the top of the screen and beneath the camera, but users can change the caption location to the bottom of the screen or a separate floating window. Live captions may now transcribe in-person discussions by recording microphone audio.
Voice access, which is still in beta, expands on existing voice commands by allowing you to operate your PC and author text vocally. When you first utilize voice access, you will go through an interactive lesson on how to complete typical activities using your voice.
Security and smart app control
According to Microsoft, Smart App Control should give you more trust when downloading programs on Windows 11. The program prevents untrusted or unsigned programs, script files, and possibly harmful macros from infiltrating your system. Essentially, the program predicts an app’s safety in real time. The functionality, which is based on the same AI as Windows Defender Application Control, is accessible for both personal and business use.
Microsoft Defender SmartScreen can now detect and alert you when you enter your Microsoft credentials into a dangerous program or hacked website.
On all new Windows 11 machines, the update also enables Hypervisor-protected code integrity, or HVCI, and the Microsoft vulnerable driver block list by default. In the upgrade, Microsoft has also improved identity protection and simplified password management.
Better content creator tools and video calls
Microsoft Teams became more accessible with the release of Windows 11. The most recent version adds Windows Studio Effects, which can enhance audio and video chats. The new Windows Studio camera filters out background noise with Voice Focus, has a background blurring tool, Eye Contact, which makes it appear as though you’re always gazing at the camera, and Automatic Framing, which keeps the camera with you as you move.
Clipchamp, a video editing software, is also included in the latest Windows 11 upgrade.
Android apps and Gaming
The new Controller bar in Windows 11 makes it easier to access games. This also has a refreshed view of the Xbox Game Bar, allowing for faster access to recently played games and launchers. According to Microsoft, the update will also improve gaming performance by lowering latency and enabling Auto HDR and Variable Refresh.
Gamers will also notice a redesigned homepage in Microsoft Edge, which includes tailored content, quick access to the Xbox Cloud Gaming library, and recently played games. Clarity Boost is another built-in function for crisper graphics in cloud gaming.
When Windows 11 was released, the new operating system’s relationship with Amazon enabled Android apps to Windows PCs. The Amazon App Store preview has been expanded, bringing the total number of Android apps and games to 20,000.