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Windows 11 2022 Update: Every New Feature Worth Trying


Microsoft released its first major update for Windows 11 on Tuesday. The update includes new security, productivity, accessibility and gaming features. You can check out our step-by-step guide on downloading the new update.

The operating system is fast approaching its one-year anniversary in early October. 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.

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 Start menu, 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 multitaskers and users who wanted more organization. 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 minimize distractions, 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. 

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Bring together groups of apps and windows with Snap Layouts, and easily maximize and minimize the entire bunch with Snap Groups in Windows 11. 


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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.


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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 Windows Defender Application Control, is available for personal use or business use.



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