Major Windows 11 update, with taskbar tweaks and Android apps, coming in February | GeekComparison

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Microsoft will address some of the unfinished parts of Windows 11 in an update next month, according to a blog post by Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay. Chief among the new features is a public preview for Android apps running on Windows, a feature Microsoft promoted when it announced Windows 11 in June 2021.

Microsoft also mentioned a few other improvements in the post: redesigns for the Notepad and Media Player apps, taskbar improvements, a universal button for muting and muting calls, “easier window sharing”, and adding the weather directly to the taskbar instead of keeping it in a widget.

Most of these updates have been available to Windows Insiders in the Beta and Dev channels for a while now, so you can read our preview coverage (for Notepad, taskbar changes, and lots of different bits and pieces) to get a good idea. of what things will look like. We may see changes that Microsoft hasn’t made public yet, but major changes are unlikely to skip the preview channels before being widely released.

The updates Microsoft has released since Windows 11 came out in October collectively answer one question we asked in our review: whether the new operating system’s shortcomings should wait for Windows’ annual maintenance updates to be fixed. Microsoft will likely roll out at least some major changes and new features to Windows 11 22H2 later this year, but the company is clearly taking a “when they’re ready” approach to individual app updates, still in preview features that allow it. announced last summer , and minor functional improvements based on user feedback.

Microsoft wasn’t specific about Windows 11 adoption numbers, but Panay did say that the Windows 11 upgrade offer “started into the final phase of availability, putting us ahead of our original mid-2022 plan.” Microsoft first started the process of upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11 on newer systems, giving the company a chance to fix early issues (and there have been plenty) before rolling out the OS to all PCs that meet the strict system requirements. . Windows 10 users can still easily defer the Windows 11 upgrade if they want to, but at least they’ll be able to install the new operating system via Windows Update soon, if they haven’t already. (Manual installation is also an option and is the only way to install Windows 11 on PCs that don’t meet all of the operating system requirements.)

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