Windows 11 has just had its first major refresh since it launched back in 2021 with those who have already made the switch to this latest operating system being treated to a swathe of upgrades and shiny new features. The software update is slowly being rolled out across the globe and includes changes to the Start menu along with better ways to focus on the task at hand, plus improved gaming functionality and enhancements to the daily video calls.
Sadly, if you’re still determined to stick with Windows 10, all of these new features won’t be available on your PC so now might finally be the time to make the jump.
“With last year’s launch of Windows 11 we gave the PC a modern refresh, making it faster and easier for you to accomplish the tasks you have relied on your PCs for most,” said Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer at Windows.
“More people are using Windows and spending more time on their PCs. In fact, Windows 11 is the most used and most loved version of Windows ever; this is both humbling and energizing for the team and I.
“Our work is never done to ensure Windows evolves and adapts to you. With our first major update to Windows 11, we are taking the next step on our journey, focusing our innovation in four key areas to make your everyday easier.”
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So what’s new in Windows 11?
There is a bunch of changes coming in this update with the Start menu getting a refresh along with the Search function now faster and more accurate.
Microsoft is bringing Quick Settings plus improved local and current events coverage into the Widgets board to make them easier to see. There are also updates to Snap layouts making this feature more versatile with better touch navigation and the ability to snap multiple browser tabs in Microsoft Edge.
The Redmond firm says it is also introducing Focus sessions and Do Not Disturb to help users minimise distractions when trying to work.
Those making endless Teams calls will find audio and video improvements including better camera and sound effects that should help people look and sound their best on conference calls.
Microsoft has also confirmed that it wants to continue to make Windows the best place to play games. This Windows 11 update is said to deliver performance optimisations to improve latency and unlock features like Auto HDR and Variable Refresh Rate.
A full list of upgrades can be found on Microsoft’s blog page.
How to upgrade to this new version of Windows 11.
Users with eligible devices running Windows 11, version 21H2 who are interested in experiencing the latest feature update and are ready to install this release on their device can choose to do so by opening Windows Update settings (Settings > Windows Update) and selecting Check for updates.
It’s thought that this new Windows 11 update will roll out slowly across the world so it might not be available on your PC until later this month.