Windows 11 22H2 debuts, adds monthly feature updates • History

Microsoft released Windows 11 2022 Update – and promised that it would continue to release annual mega versions and start adding new features on a monthly cadence.

Panos Banai, Microsoft Executive Vice President and Product Manager for Windows + Devices, has invoice The update – also known as the 22H2 update – introduces “many subtle, but significant changes that come together to help you be your most productive and creative.”

His announcement this week talked about the general availability of an upgrade to the operating system’s faster and more accurate search, improvements to the Snap layouts feature that automatically arranges multiple windows to make them all visible, and video conferencing features that remove background noise and allow cameras to follow participants as follows. They move.

The update also brings so-called focus features, which are supposed to make your desktop less distracting when you’re trying to work. These features will hide taskbar badges and notifications for a period of time that you specify.

The operating system has also been given a new security feature called Smart App Control that predicts whether an app is safe to run using “43 trillion security signals” that Microsoft says it collects every day.

The Panay post posits that “Windows 11 uses the power of artificial intelligence to create a constantly updated application control policy that allows common and known safe applications to run while blocking unknown applications often associated with new malware.” Smart App Control only works on recent Windows 11 installations.

Another security improvement is Microsoft Defender SmartScreen, which detects when users enter Microsoft credentials into a malicious app or compromised website and warns them not to do something risky.

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Virtualization-based security (VBS) and admin-protected code integrity (HVCI) are now turned on by default. This protects, using virtualization, sensitive parts of the Windows operating system from the rest of the system.

Perhaps the most significant change to the operating system is that Microsoft may now add features to it every month.

“We do this by leveraging a variety of our update mechanisms in place including Service and Microsoft Store updates,” Banay explains. In October 2022, for example, Windows 11 File Explorer will add a tabbed interface, suggest including phone numbers and dates in events added to the Windows Calendar app, and add an “Overflow Zone” to the taskbar that “allows you” to display all your redundant apps in one space “.

Also coming in October is a feature that lets Windows 11 “discover and share more devices with desktops that use Nearby Sharing”.

That sound you hear? Windows administrators make sure that this automatic update feature is fully completed, completelyAnd irrevocably Turn off On the devices they manage—because few companies will welcome the sudden arrival of features, such as easy wireless content sharing.

Windows 11 2022 Update is now available, with More instructions here. Windows 11 will indicate when it is ready to receive the update, or users can force the problem by checking for updates in Windows Update.

However, Microsoft may not provide updates immediately, instead preferring to use “regional carbon intensity data” to determine if it is possible to “schedule installations at specific times of the day when doing so will lower carbon emissions due to higher electricity coming in.” from low carbon sources on the electric grid.

Windows 11 H22 Updates Focus Features

Focus features in Windows 11 22H2

Updates will also be smaller. Microsoft Claims Its internal tests show that download size is reduced by approximately 450MB, or 14 percent, and installation disk space is reduced by about eight percent to 399MB, or maximum disk usage during upgrades is reduced by approximately 849MB, or 11 percent.

Another notable change is an upgrade to the Windows subsystem for Android. Microsoft promises that it now delivers “2-3 times faster graphics performance with hardware acceleration, DRM video support, improved input processing via touch, mouse, and keyboard, and many network and security improvements.”

And Microsoft’s partnership with Amazon.com’s Android App Store has it too expanded to reach 31 countries. Banai believes that this translates into an opportunity for developers to write Android apps and find a massive audience among Windows users. ®