What’s new in Windows 11 2022 Update?
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(Pocket-lint) – Microsoft is rolling out a major update to Windows 11 which includes a number of changes meant to further improve the operating system.
With these changes, the company says it’s making Windows 11 even easier and safer to use, adding tools to help people be more creative and productive, and more.
But what is new in these changes? We’re here to walk you through the most significant parts of the update.
Editing the Start Menu and Quick Settings
Ease of use is a big part of the Windows 11 2022 Update. Microsoft says it’s worked on improving the Start menu, but also making search faster, more accurate, and more useful, as well as changing Quick Settings and adding tabs to File Explorer.
All with the goal of making Windows understand and anticipate your needs.
More accessibility options
To make Windows 11 more user-friendly, more accessibility settings need to be added to Windows 11 as well.
These include live captions that are automatically generated from any audio file that is playing. These live captions no longer stop when you minimize the app playing the audio, but appear by default at the top of the screen. This makes it easier for users to multi-task while still tracking audio.
For virtual meetings, Windows 11 Live Captions can also be used to transcribe the conversation. This makes it easier to follow the conversation and have a record of what’s going on.
Narrator is also updated to use more natural voices thanks to Microsoft’s advanced text-to-speech technology. These voices will reflect natural speech and make it more enjoyable for those who use Narrator in their daily lives.
Microsoft said it also worked to make voice access more accessible and user-friendly. Now, when users first use Voice Access to control their computer with their voice, they will be guided through an interactive tutorial. It will also be possible to get a full list of possible voice commands by asking “What can I say?”.
This Windows 11 update also includes a new experience called “Focus Sessions”.
When you need to focus on what you’re doing, you can use Focus Sessions and Do No Disturb to disable interruptions from notifications, flashing apps in the taskbar, and taskbar badges.
Focus sessions also work with a timer to prompt you to take breaks and help improve your productivity.
Improved instant layouts
Instant Layouts are a popular Windows 11 feature that lets you optimize your workload for multitasking.
Now, Microsoft is making Snap layouts more versatile. They will be more effective with touch navigation and also work great with multiple tabs in the Microsoft Edge browser.
So that you are at your best during calls
This Windows 11 update includes the Windows Studio camera and audio effects designed to help you look your best on video calls.
These effects use advanced artificial intelligence to eliminate background noise, automatically frame you on screen, blur your background, and help you maintain eye contact.
These settings are available in Microsoft Teams but also appear across Windows, so they can be used in other video calling apps as well.
Tools for Creators and Gamers
Microsoft says it wants to make Windows the best place to play games (take that Xbox!), but it also wants to make it easy for game creators to express themselves. That’s why Clipchamp is now included in Windows 11 and makes it easier to edit gaming videos.
Windows 11 2022 Update also brings performance optimizations to make your gaming experience even smoother. Windows 11 will have improved latency and other useful features like Auto HDR, a new HDR calibration app, and variable refresh rate on windowed games too.
While you can get plenty of games for Windows through the Microsoft Store and GamePass, Microsoft also wants to give you access to more. It does this by extending the preview of the Amazon Appstore to other regions and giving more users access to over 20,000 Android apps and games.
The Xbox Game Bar is updated, and you’ll also see a new control bar that lets you access recently played games and launchers with just a few taps or by pressing the Xbox button on your controller.
Tabs in File Explorer
Among the many changes in Windows 11, Microsoft is also adding tabs and other improvements to File Explorer.
Now you’ll be able to quickly access your most important files and folders, pin them for quick access, and even see update information for shared files.
How to Get Windows 11 2022 Update
Windows 11 2022 Update (also known as Windows 11, version 22H2) will be released gradually. This will allow Microsoft to ensure that it is fully compatible and that there are no issues. So you may have to wait, but the update will be available through Windows Updates.
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- Click on the Windows start button
- Find “Windows Update Settings”.
- Click to check for updates
You can also check the “health” of the current update here.
Written by Adrian Willings.