- Start menu:
The search should be faster and more precise, the display of current events in widgets should be improved.
- Window arrangement:
The automatic window grouping function (snap layouts) becomes more versatile – on the one hand due to better touch navigation, on the other hand due to the possibility of fixing several tabs in Microsoft’s Edge browser.
- “Do not disturb”:
So-called focus sessions can now be started, which automatically activate the “Do not disturb” function. This mutes notifications and taskbar badges as well as app notifications in the taskbar. The focus function is also integrated in the watch app and offers a timer that supports concentration phases, but also reminds you of breaks.
- Windows Studio:
Under this label, Microsoft brings together a number of new camera and audio features for optimal video and sound quality during video conferences or gaming. New features include Voice Focus to block out background noise, or Background Blur to blur the background. In addition, there are other video effects such as automatic framing or eye contact, which should help to stay centrally in the picture despite movements and to keep eye contact.
Microsoft is making its video editing program an integral part of Windows 11.
Players should benefit from performance optimizations that improve latency. A variable refresh rate is now also available for games in windowed mode. Also new in the gaming window mode is Auto HDR: this function optimizes the display of games that do not output high-contrast images (HDR), but only images with a normal contrast range (SDR).
- Android Apps:
The announced Amazon Appstore now also joins the Microsoft Store on Windows 11 computers. So users can run Android apps under Windows if they want. The whole thing is officially still running as a preview, so it can still hook here and there.
A new security feature (Smart App Control) is designed to help prevent untrusted applications, script files and malicious macros from running. In addition, Windows should in the future recognize when login data is entered in potentially malicious applications or on compromised websites and warn against it (Defender Smartscreen).
More features from October 2022
But that was not all. Microsoft has also announced that it will add more features in October via a new update:
Whether your own PC or notebook is already ready for Windows 11 version 22H2 can be checked on the Windows update page. This can be achieved by clicking on the Windows icon in the taskbar on the start page and then opening the settings in the window that opens by clicking on the gear icon.
If the installation of the 22H2 update is not yet offered, you can also click on the “Check for updates” button on the Windows update page from time to time to initiate the update manually.