Microsoft has announced new developments for Windows 11 which will be available in over 190 countries. Updates are designed to provide users with better results in security, productivity, and creativity.
The company says the launch of Windows 11 last year gave the PC a new perspective and customer feedback showed it to be the most popular version of Windows.
“Microsoft is thrilled to take this next step with Windows 11, to inspire every journey. Windows 11 was designed to bring people together, to help people play and have fun, to boost productivity and inspire creativity,” says Robert Havranek, Head of Modern Work and Security Business Group at Microsoft NZ.
“Serving more than a billion people, Windows is the platform for global innovation. We will continue to invest in delivering Windows experiences that enrich people’s lives as we strive to meet their evolving needs.
Some of the new features in the updates include Start menu changes, faster and more accurate search, quick settings, and better coverage of local and current events in the widget table. In response to a much-requested change, the update also adds tabs in File Explorer to help users save time.
Microsoft will also deliver a set of new accessibility features, including system-wide live captions to automatically generate captions from any form of audio content on Windows 11 and voice access (preview ) that allows users to control their PC and write text using only their voice. .
There’s also the addition of Natural Voices for Narrator, which more accurately reflects natural speech and creates better sound for easier reading or web browsing.
The company has also increased its focus on security, with the addition of the Defender app for Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscribers. Microsoft Defender for Home extends Windows built-in security and extends device protection to users’ Android and iOS phones and Macs.
As part of the development, improvements were also announced for Snap layouts, the new Focus feature, and performance and battery optimization.
Performance optimizations are also set to improve latency and unlock features like auto HDR and variable refresh rate on windowed games.
As the creator economy continues to grow, Microsoft has also added new creative tools to the PC that will aim to help people better express themselves and their ideas.
Other updates available in October include:
- An update to the Photos app in Windows 11 that will make it easier to browse, find, manage, and consume the photo collection. It also allows users to easily backup their photos with OneDrive.
- Copy suggested actions, where users can copy phone numbers, future dates and also get suggested actions such as making a call with Teams or Skype or adding an event in the Calendar app.
- Taskbar overflow providing an entry point to an overflow menu that allows users to view all of their overflow applications in a single space.
“We can’t wait to see what users are inspired to do and create with the latest update,” says Havranek.