An uplevel of Windows that brings users closer to what they love
SINGAPORE, Sept. 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Microsoft today announced new developments for Windows 11 for users to connect, create and play. The updates are made available in 190+ countries.
"Microsoft is excited to take this next step with Windows 11, to inspire every journeys. Windows 11 was designed to bring people together, to help people play and have fun, to empower productivity and inspire creativity. Serving more than a billion people, Windows is the platform for the world’s innovation. We will continue to invest in delivering Windows experiences that enrich people’s lives as we aspire to meet their evolving needs. We can’t wait to see what users are inspired to do and create with the latest update." said Panos Panay, Executive Vice President & Chief Product Officer, Windows and Devices.
The last few years have brought enduring changes in the ways people live, work, and learn, with the PC playing a more critical role in our daily lives. Online options that didn’t previously exist for meetings, appointments, everyday tasks, and access to entertainment emerged out of necessity, but remain due to convenience and efficiency. Human formed new habits; and they stuck. The PC has fundamentally connected people in more emotional ways than ever before.
The rapid move to more flexible work and life also dramatically increased security threats for individuals and businesses, with 921 password attacks every second.
With last year’s launch of Windows 11, Microsoft 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. With the added foundational security built into Windows at home and at work to help keep users safe and with Windows 365, Microsoft took Windows to the cloud, empowering organizations to stream the full Windows experience on any device. 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.
Microsoft’s work is never done to ensure Windows evolves and adapts to users. With the first major update to Windows 11, Microsoft is taking the next step on our journey, focusing its innovation in four key areas to make users’ everyday easier:
- Making the PC easier and safer to use for everyone
- Empowering people to be more productive
- Making Windows the best place to connect, create and play
- Delivering added security, management, and flexibility to the workplace
Making the PC easier and safer to use for everyone
Windows 11 brought a sense of ease to the PC, with an intuitive design people love. Microsoft is building on that foundation with new features to ensure the content and information you need is always at users’ fingertips, including updates to the Start menu, faster and more accurate search, Quick Settings, improved local and current events coverage in your Widgets board, and the No. 1 ask from you, tabs in File Explorer[i]. All of this helps Windows anticipate your needs and save you time.
Technology has the power to empower – to remove barriers and help people participate and connect. Nearly 1 in 5 people benefit from accessibility features on the PC and with this release we are continuing our commitment to make Windows work for everyone. Microsoft will deliver a set of new accessibility features including system wide live captions [ii] to automatically generate captions from any form of audio content on Windows 11, voice access (preview)[iii], which allows you to control your PC and author text using only your voice, and Natural Voices for Narrator[iv], which mirrors natural speech more closely, creating more pleasant-sounding audio to assist in reading or browsing the web.
Online safety, data privacy and security are top concerns for people and their families. Windows 11 is the most secure version of Windows yet. Microsoft uses over 43 trillion security signals daily to inform our comprehensive security solutions. Introducing Smart App control [v]so users can confidently download any app you need without worry. Microsoft also knows that security threats don’t stop when users shut their laptop, which is why we’ve built the Defender app for Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscribers. Microsoft Defender for individuals extends Windows’ built-in security and expands device protection to users’ Android and iOS phones and Macs. Microsoft 365 customers in the U.S. will soon receive identity theft monitoring to help keep themselves, and their family’s personal information, safer online as part of their Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscription.
Empowering people to be more productive
The PC has always been where people come to get things done – especially when it comes to tackling complex tasks. With enhancements to Snap layouts, the new Focus feature, and performance and battery optimizations, the new Windows 11 2022 update will help you be your most productive yet.
Snap layouts on Windows 11 have been a game changer for multitasking, helping people optimize their view when they need to have multiple apps or documents in front of them at the same time. With the new update, Microsoft is making Snap layouts more versatile with better touch navigation and the ability to snap multiple browser tabs in Microsoft Edge.
Introducing Focus sessions and Do Not Disturb to help users minimize distractions that pull them away from the task at hand. As users start a new focus session, Windows will turn on Do Not Disturb, which silences notifications, turns off taskbar badges and application notifications in their taskbar. Focus is also integrated with the Clock App, launching a timer to help users focus, even reminding them to take breaks.
Making Windows the best place to connect, create and play
Customers are using PC for a wider variety of things than ever before. PC use is up for communications, creativity and gaming, as more people turn to Windows to connect, express themselves and play. With this update we’ve added features to make those experiences even better with Windows Studio Effects [vi] to improve video and audio calls, new creator tools, additional gaming features and updates to the Microsoft Store experience.
From work to community meetings to connecting with friends and family, video calls have become one of the essential tasks that defines the PC. New Windows Studio camera and audio effects help users look and sound their best on conference calls, enabled by advanced AI – with Voice Focus to filter out background noise and make sure users are heard, Background Blur so only users are seen, Eye Contact to help them make a better connection with people they’re talking to and Automatic Framing so the camera stays with them as they move.
As the creator economy continues to grow, people are generating more creative content on Windows. That is why Microsoft is adding new creator tools to the PC to help people better express themselves and their ideas: Clipchamp, now in Windows, makes video editing simple—with templates, effects, and more.
Microsoft wants to continue to make Windows the best place to play games. This update will deliver performance optimizations to improve latency and unlock features like Auto HDR and Variable Refresh Rate on windowed games. And with Game Pass built right into Windows 11 through the Xbox app, players can access hundreds of high-quality PC games.
Having the right content fuels a great PC experience. A year ago, Microsoft redesigned the Microsoft Store on Windows to be more open and easier-to-use – a one-stop shop for the apps, games, and TV shows users love. Today, through its partnership with Amazon, Microsoft is expanding the Amazon Appstore Preview to international markets, bringing more than 20,000 Android™ apps and games to Windows 11 devices that meet the feature-specific hardware requirements. In addition to a growing catalog of apps and games, it is excited to share that Microsoft is moving to the next stage of the Microsoft Store Ads pilot – helping developers get content in front of the right customers.
Delivering added security, management, and flexibility to the workplace
The PC is the single most powerful productivity tool for today’s workforce. To keep employees productive and engaged, organizations need the tools to manage multiple Windows endpoints securely and easily, no matter where their people are working. To meet the needs of this increasingly complex landscape, the new Windows 11 2022 Update delivers the critically important new security features and new management tools for increased IT efficiency.
Windows 11 provides layers of hardware and software integrated for powerful, out-of-the box protection from the moment users start their device – and Microsoft is continuing to innovate. The new Microsoft Defender SmartScreen identifies when people are entering their Microsoft credentials into a malicious application or hacked website and alerts them. With an addition of a presence sensing optional feature to Windows Hello for Business, so that devices equipped with presence sensors work with Windows Hello to securely log users in when they approach and lock their device when they leave. And if user is an IT professional, they can provide secure, real-time support through the cloud with remote help.
Smart App Control is also a valuable feature for businesses of all sizes. Available on new Windows 11 devices or with clean installations of the Windows 11 Update 2022, Smart App Control blocks untrusted or unsigned applications, script files, and malicious macros from running on Windows 11. As a result, employees can use the tools they want and need, while they can relax knowing their organization is protected. Built on the same AI used in Windows Defender Application Control, Smart App Control can predict the safety of an application in real-time before it runs on your device. This is a great solution for organizations who are not yet using a modern device management (MDM) tool like Microsoft Intune.
Delivering continuous Windows innovation and value
With the PC continuing to play a more meaningful role in our lives, Microsoft is committed to delivering continuous value and innovation into Windows and with Microsoft services like Edge, Microsoft 365 and PC Game Pass.
The Windows 11 2022 Update has so many subtle, but important changes that come together to help users be their most productive and their most creative.
With this update Microsoft is also taking steps to improve the Windows Update experience. Windows Update is now carbon aware, making it easier for devices to reduce carbon emissions. When devices are plugged in, turned on, connected to the Internet and regional carbon intensity data is available, Windows Update will schedule installations at specific times of the day when doing so may result in lower carbon emissions because a higher proportion of electricity is coming from lower-carbon sources on the electric grid. Microsoft has also made some changes to the default power setting for Sleep and Screen off to help reduce carbon emissions when PCs are idle.
In February, Microsoft released new features into Windows 11 more frequently in addition to the annual update. By leveraging the variety of update mechanisms Microsoft has in place including servicing, and Microsoft Store updates. Today, Microsoft is excited to build on this with an additional set of experiences coming in October.
- Enhancements to File Explorer, including bringing tabs to File Explorer to help users organize their File Explorer sessions just like in Microsoft Edge. The new homepage in File Explorer gives users quick access to their favorite and recent files, they can pin important files for quick and easy access – even including information at a glance of colleagues’ actions on their shared files through the power of OneDrive and personalized suggestions based on their Microsoft 365 account.
- Photos app: In an update to the Photos app in Windows 11, Microsoft will be introducing a new photos-managing experience that brings a gorgeous gallery, simplifying browsing, finding, management and consumption of your collection of photos. It also allows users to easily backup their photos with OneDrive, enjoy powerful experiences on Windows devices and offers a delightful "Memories" experience.
- Suggested Actions on Copy: Copy phone numbers, future dates and get suggested actions such as making a call with Teams or Skype or adding an event in the Calendar app.
- Taskbar Overflow: Taskbar will offer an entry point to an overflow menu that allows them to view all their overflowed apps in one space.
- Share to more devices: Discover and share to more devices including desktops using nearby share.
How to get the Windows 11 2022 Update – there’s never been a better time to buy a new PC
With all of the exciting new features coming in this update, there’s never been a better time to purchase a new PC. Microsoft is proud to offer Windows 11 on a broad array of devices from across the ecosystem. The best way to experience the magic of the update is on a new PC from Surface or our incredible ecosystem partners Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung and Razer. Some of the latest new PCs include:
- Acer TravelMate Spin P6 – Available for $1499, the Acer TravelMate Spin P6 makes a great business travel companion – sporting military-grade durability, a spill resistant keyboard and technology to improve your Microsoft Teams meetings.
- ASUS ExpertBook B9 – The ASUS ExpertBook B9, starting at around $1699, features a lightweight, durable magnesium alloy design and an LED-illuminated numeric keypad on the touchpad that’s perfect for crunching numbers.
- Dell Latitude 7330 – With configurations starting at $1749, the Dell Latitude 7330 offers a premium experience for connectivity and collaboration – powered by latest 12th Gen Intel Core processors and built with an enhanced FHD camera, WiFi-6E and optional 4G LTE connectivity.
- HP Dragonfly Folio G3 – Powered by Intel vPro with 12th Gen Intel Core processors, HP Dragonfly Folio G3 features a pull-forward design that transitions from laptop to tablet making it easy to create and capture ideas. Starting at $2379.
- Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold – The next-gen Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold, starting at $2499, is a sleek and full performance 16.3 inch foldable PC – with a 100% recycled woven performance fabric back cover and memory options up to 32GB.
- The Samsung Galaxy Book Go 5G – Keeps you always connected starting at just $609. Designed to keep its cool without a fan, the Galaxy Book Go 5G features a lightweight design and is powered by the advanced, energy-efficient Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 Compute Platform. With instant-on performance that draws less power and keeps the battery charged longer, you can be productive from anywhere.
- Surface Laptop Studio – Seamlessly transition from laptop to entertainment-ready stage to portable creative canvas with our most powerful Surface Laptop – starting at $1,599.
- Razer Blade 14 – Features the ultra-fast AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX processor and up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080Ti graphics card, enabling some of the most powerful gaming possible while on the go. With a buttery smooth QHD 165Hz display and improved DDR5 memory, the Blade 14 allows players to take full advantage of the powerful hardware inside, starting at just $1999.
For consumers, Windows 11 will make your everyday easier. For businesses, Windows 11 is the operating system for hybrid work and the most secure version of Windows yet. For developers and creators, Windows 11 is the open platform creating even greater economic opportunity for your creations.
Availability of the update begins today. To learn more about the roll out approach for the Windows 11 2022 Update, visit this blog post from John Cable.
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[i] Coming in October
[ii] EN US
[iii] EN US
[iv] EN US
[v] Requires a clean installation
[vi] Hardware dependent