Windows 11 update bets on features for the home office; see news

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Almost a year after the Microsoft launched its flagship, the Windows 11 the tech giant officially released its first major update to the operating system on Tuesday (21).

The update, which is available for free to current Windows 11 users, was released today in more than 190 countries. Many of the new features enhance Microsoft’s vision for the future of hybrid work.

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“We form new habits; and they crashed,” wrote Panos Panay, executive vice president and chief product officer for Windows and Devices at Microsoft, in a blog post announcing the update.

“Our job is never done to make sure Windows evolves and adapts to you.”

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Panay, who said Windows 11 is the most used version of Windows in its history, detailed how the latest update aims to make remote PC work even easier and safer. For example, a new tool called Smart App Control uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to prevent untrusted apps from running on devices.

Microsoft calls Windows 11 the most secure version of the operating system so far.

Other changes include improvements to the Snap layout program, which helps people optimize their view when they need to have multiple apps or documents in front of them at the same time.

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The company is also introducing “Focus Sessions” and “Do Not Disturb” features to help minimize distractions that take you away from the task at hand. When you start a new focus session, it activates the Do Not Disturb feature, which silences all notifications and disables taskbar badges.

The Start menu is also being updated, including a faster and more accurate search function and new ways to customize the menu. There are now also tabs available in File Explorer, which Panay said is the most asked question by Windows users.

Meanwhile, a new tool called Windows Studio Effects helps improve video and audio calls using AI technology that filters out background noise, such as lawn mowers and crying babies, and blurs background objects.

It also subtly lifts a speaker’s eyes to make it look like they’re looking straight into the camera on video calls.

Microsoft is also rolling out some of its previously announced accessibility features, including system-wide live captions that automatically generate captions for any form of audio content in Windows 11, and an update to Natural Voices for Narrator, which mirrors more than closely matches natural speech patterns and helps aid in reading documents or browsing the web.

Microsoft previously told CNN that many of its new inclusion features were developed in part by Microsoft employees who have disabilities.

The update is being offered through a “phased and measured release” approach, Microsoft said in a separate blog post.

Users with eligible devices can simply get the update by opening “Windows Update” in their settings.

Source: CNN Brasil

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