Windows 11 2022 Update Live Blog: This is all you need to know

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We’re live with the first major update to Windows 11 since its release last year. But is it showing you?

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A great feature of new update (opens in new tab) it’s better accessibility options. Live captions can finally be used across the entire operating system, from Teams calls to when you play a video.

Tabbed File Explorer in Windows 11 2022 Update

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While the update isn’t showing up on my gaming PC yet, I have the Insider program enabled for it, so the tabs in File Explorer are something I’ve been using for weeks. Microsoft tells us that the feature will be released next month.

Without sounding dramatic like a soap show (opens in new tab) on TV, this feature has changed the way I manage files and content on my PC, and it’s been a long time.

Windows 11 start menu

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If you are having trouble seeing the new update on your PC at windows updatewe’ve created a guide to help jumpstart the process.

Windows 11 2022 update available

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And like clockwork, the update shows as available on my Gaming PC.

Windows had to install another update first and after restarting and going back to windows update in Settings, the 22H2 update suddenly appeared.

And yes, that’s Tomb Raider 2 (opens in new tab) in the background, without a doubt one of the greatest games of all time.

Windows 11 Controller Bar in 2022 Update

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One of our fantastic freelancers, Darren Allan, wrote a great new feature in the update – a control bar.

Allan describes this as a way to launch a game by pressing the ‘Xbox’ button on an Xbox controller, making it easier to access your games much faster than before.

There’s also greater support for Auto HDR, and if you’re not sure what it is, we’ve put together a helpful guide on that.

Android apps on Windows 11

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Another article by Darren where Microsoft announced that Android apps are faster in this 2022 update.

The apps now throw ‘two to three times faster performance in terms of graphics and better input for touch controls, plus mouse and keyboard for that matter’.

There is also greater availability for this feature, coming to Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

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If you’ve been waiting for a calibration app for your HDR monitor, the wait is over.

A tweet announces the availability of one, where you can easily configure how the image looks best on your monitor when you are watching content or playing games.

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Our friends at Pro highlighted the security features for this new update, covering areas such as identity, patch management, malware protection, and more.

A big new feature is called Smart App Control, a new AI-enabled system that can prevent users from running malicious apps on Windows 11.

The new Windows 11 Task Manager

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We found a redesigned Task Manager in a previous Insider build and it finally arrived in the new update.

Along with dark mode you can create crash logs to better analyze why an app crashed and there is a new ‘Efficiency Mode’ which can limit how apps use your PC’s memory and processor usage to better control the your laptop’s battery life, for example.

Mario says goodbye

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It looks like the Windows 11 2022 upgrade hype is calming down on day one and so I’m subscribing.

If you’d like to get in touch about anything you’ve found about the new update so far, my contact details are here.

To the next!

Windows 11 Snap Layouts

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Hello US Editor-in-Chief Lance Ulanoff, continuing with Daryl Baxter standing still.

There’s a lot to digest in this Windows 11 update, but I find myself focusing on the minutiae.

For example, Microsoft says the latest Windows offers improvements to Snap layouts that should make you more productive. I often use these tools to manage up to six windows across two screens, but I found some of the controls less intuitive. I hope these updates make them, as Microsoft promises, more versatile, but also easier to use.

However, what really intrigues me is the promise of Snap Layouts in the Microsoft Edge browser.

You see, I’m an “Edgey” (yes, I just made it up), which means I use Microsoft Edge as my default browser. It’s better, faster and lighter than Chrome. It also has cool tools like Collections and vertical tabs. Now with Windows 11 it has Snap Layouts. This can be a real game-changer, especially with the number of tabs I manage and how often I need to reference multiple web pages at the same time.

Microsoft eye contact demo

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As this Windows 11 update rolls out, it’s worth reading the fine print about what’s supported “out of the box” and what might need that extra hardware to make it that way.

Windows Studios Effects, for example, looks like it can supercharge video conferences with AI-enhanced voice focus (cuts out all background noise) and background blur to cut out the unmade bed behind you. Microsoft also mentions “Eye Contact”, an AI-powered feature that makes it seem like you’re always looking at the camera – even when you’re not.

The idea is that it will appear to the recipient of the video call as if you are making intense eye contact with them. It’s a cool and slightly weird feature that I saw in action once, right after the release of Microsoft’s Surface Pro X convertible laptop.

In fact, that was the only device that supported it at the time. Since then, there has been more hardware support. That said, there’s no guarantee that your laptop’s camera and subsystem will support the feature. So yes, be happy if that happens, but not too disappointed if you can’t maintain artificial eye contact with your updated Windows 11 PC.

Microsoft Windows 11 Update

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One thing few people are talking about is the new eco-friendly features in Windows 11, specifically, the ability to be carbon-aware.

With the right data, Windows 11 can operate in a more environmentally responsible way, scheduling Windows updates at times when it can result in lower carbon emissions.

This just doesn’t work, however. First, the computer needs to be plugged in and connected to the Internet – a reasonable assumption. Second, it needs data from its power grid that describes current levels of regional carbon intensity. Smart grids have this, although it may not be immediately clear whether they are or can provide this information for your home or office and for Windows 11 to use.

Still, we appreciate the effort in a world where the weather is rapidly changing and every little bit counts. At least we hope so.

This will do it for me and this Windows 11 Update live blog. Be sure to check out all of ‘s coverage of the major update.

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