Microsoft released its first major update for on Tuesday. The update includes new security, productivity, accessibility and gaming features. You can check out our .
The operating system is fast approaching its one-year anniversary in early October. At launch, the new operating system broughtto life, including a redesigned interface, , a more accessible , and , as well as .
Here’s what you can check out today.
The Windows 11 update makes your PC easier to use
The new Windows 11 update adds a faster, more accurate search to the, Quick Settings, as well as better local and current events coverage on your Widgets board. 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 towards. With this new update, Snap Layouts, which neatly arrange open Windows on your desktop, are more versatile with improved touch navigation and the ability to snap multiple browser tabs in Microsoft Edge.
To, the update introduces Focus sessions and a Do Not Disturb mode to minimize distractions. According to Microsoft, when you start a new Focus session, Windows automatically turns on Do Not Disturb. This silences notifications, turns off taskbar badges and app notifications in our task bar. Focus also improves the Clock App with timers to help you focus and remember to take breaks.
The Windows 11 update adds new accessibility features
Narrator, Windows 11’s built-in screen reader, will receive more natural voices, improving the text-to-speech function.
In addition, new system-wide live captions will go beyond individual apps’ live caption features. System-wide live captions will display at the top of the screen and under the camera by default, but users can switch up the caption location to the bottom of the screen or a separate floating window. Also, by capturing microphone audio, live captions can now transcribe in-person conversations.
Voice access, still in preview, improves on already existing voice commands by allowing you to control your PC and author text vocally. The first time you use voice access, you’ll go through an interactive tutorial on completing common tasks with your voice. The tool also provides real-time feedback if it doesn’t recognize a word.
Smart App Control and security
Smart App Control should give you more confidence when downloading apps on Windows 11, according to Microsoft. The tool blocks untrusted or unsigned apps, script files and potentially malicious macros from invading your machine. Essentially, the tool predicts the safety of an app in real-time. The feature, built on the same AI used in , is available for personal use or business use.