When Windows 11 is released in October 2021, Microsoft has it scheduled Receive major feature updates once a year (opens in new tab), later this year. Today Microsoft officially releases the Windows 11 2022 update, known within the operating system as Windows 11 22H2.
But Microsoft also chose not to wait until its annual update to drop new features (as we saw). back in february when you get a public preview of your Android app on the Microsoft Store and a new notepad and media player). Microsoft, too, has pulled back from announcing a forward release feature scheduled for October, and so is this.
New features span the gamut of quality of life changes, security features, PC game updates, and accessibility tools.
Microsoft hasn’t changed the minimum requirements to run Windows 11 (although certain features, like setting up new webcams, may require additional features).
recently news and rumors Microsoft switching Windows every three years. By that count, this would be one of the three major releases before a new version of Windows (probably Windows 12). Aaron Woodman, his general manager of Windows marketing at Microsoft, apparently rejected the idea in a call with the press, saying there won’t be three. There are currently no plans for Windows 12. Instead, he and his vice president of Windows services and delivery, John Cable, said the company is focused on his yearly updates, with room for more changes throughout the year. I’m here.
Here’s what to check out with Windows 11 2022 Update:
File Explorer, Snap Layout, Start Menu
For me, the biggest and best change is a simple change to File Explorer: Tabs! No more opening multiple windows to move files between multiple folders. It’s not a flashy change, but it makes my desktop a much more comfortable place.
Snap Layouts, my favorite feature since Windows 11 was released, has also been slightly updated for laptop and tablet users. It’s now clearer where windows land when you drag them, and menus are more touchable. Moreover, for both touch and mouse users, Microsoft Edge allows him to snap one tab and snap the others without having to drag them to another window.
Probably the most famous place in Windows 11[スタート]The menu has some much-needed changes. Apps pinned to the Start screen can now be grouped into folders just like on iOS and Android. This was a great way to save space by batching together a large number of game launchers.
Additionally, settings allow you to show more or less pinned icons and adjust the balance between software and recommended documentation.
These changes to the Start Menu are a total improvement in my book, but I wish Microsoft would allow power users the “All Apps” view by default.
stay focused and don’t disturb
Microsoft has been using Focus Mode in one form or another since Focus Assist in Windows 10, but with the Windows 11 2022 update, it’s making some small changes.
Microsoft added Focus Sessions to Notification Center, making it easier than ever to start a Focus Session. You can set a timer and start it with just a few clicks.From the clock app, of course, or[システム]>[フォーカス]You can also do it from the settings.
But now focus assist has been replaced by silent mode. This is automatically turned on for focus sessions. Alternatively, you can start your own. Notifications are sent directly to Notification Center without blinking or alerting. You can change focus and silent mode to allow specific notifications.
Gaming on Windows
Windows 11 has several game-focused tweaks, including optimized navigation with a controller and improvements for games running in windowed mode.
For controllers, a version of the Xbox Game Bar called the “Controller Bar” gives you easy access to the games you’ve played and the recently used game launcher. It can be accessed by pressing the Xbox button on an Xbox controller, or perhaps the main menu button on other Bluetooth controllers.
When Windows 11 was released, graphics were improved, but only for full-screen games. Players using windowed mode now see reduced latency in DirectX 10 and 11 games, auto HDR and variable refresh rate support.
Other gaming-focused features of the 22H2 include HDR calibration apps, DirectX 12 Ultimate, and DirectX storage support for fast loading for more storage configurations such as RAID 0.
Microsoft recommits to accessibility with next announcement New Peripherals Earlier This YearOn the software side, Windows 11 22H2 has some new features to make it easier for users with disabilities. This includes system-wide live captions and a new Narrator voice.
Microsoft has provided live captions in software before, but by moving to a system-wide approach, you don’t have to worry about losing captions by minimizing the app. By default, captions appear at the top of the screen, although Microsoft notes they’re usually below the webcam, but you can move them to the bottom or put them in their own window.
These captions can also be used to transcribe face-to-face meetings with the Windows Accessibility Reader. Pointed out by Carolina Hernandez This means “meetings where everyone wears face masks that prevent them from reading lips, impromptu conversations between deaf and deaf people where sign language interpreters are not readily available, and for me personally Relevant, is the key to enabling non-native speakers to follow along and understand content and conversations both online and off.
(Captions are generated locally on the machine, Hernandez says, so the captioned content stays with you.)
Narrator has three new voices: “Aria,” “Jenny,” and “Guy,” designed to sound more natural and less machine-like.
It’s no surprise that over the past few years, features that improve video calls, such as blurring the background or using software to allow your eyes to face the camera, have become very popular. I am building these controls at the operating system level using Windows Studio.
Windows Studio effects require additional hardware support beyond the minimum specs, which Microsoft has not yet listed exactly. Remove background noise with autoframing and audio effects, as well as blur and eye contact.
Microsoft is also further integrating Clipchamp into Windows for easy video editing. In particular, Clipchamp is free, but some people might not expect the program that Microsoft built into Windows to have a $11.99 upgrade pack with premium features.
smart app control
The biggest security change for new Windows 11 PC users is Smart App Control. This is intended to prevent script attacks, unapproved batch file execution, and the use of potentially malicious, unsigned, or untrusted applications. David Weston, his vice president of enterprise and operating systems at Microsoft, wrote in his blog post: (opens in new tab) Smart App Control uses an AI model based on 43 trillion “collected daily” security signals to infer whether software is safe to run. It is based on “the same OS core functionality used by Windows Defender Application Control”.
There are three modes of Smart App Control in Settings. On, Evaluate, Off. Evaluation mode tries to see if it can protect you without being too intrusive. Perhaps you are constantly running unsigned applications or batch files. If it determines that it will not turn on, it will turn on automatically. If it becomes a thorn in your side, it will turn off.
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Smart App Control only runs on new Windows 11 PCs or clean installs. AI doesn’t seem prepared to decide what’s safe when the full suite of applications and scripts is already running. Turning off Smart App Control is a permanent change unless you reinstall Windows.