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Big Windows 11 update rolls out

by on16 February 2022


Can run Android apps in the US

Microsoft is releasing its first big update to Windows 11 today, which includes a public preview of Android apps on Windows 11 at least in the US.

Other changes include redesigned Notepad and Media Player apps. The first big Windows 11 update will also include a bunch of improvements to the taskbar.

The public preview of Android apps on Windows 11 will allow users to install apps from Amazon’s Appstore. That’s a limited number of Android apps compared to the broader Google Play store, but there are workarounds to get Google Play Store running on Windows 11 unofficially.

The biggest changes in this Windows 11 update are related to the taskbar. The time and date will finally be available on multiple monitors in Windows 11, something that was missing at launch.

The weather widget returns to the taskbar in this update, and a new mute / unmute feature in the taskbar will be available for Microsoft Teams calls. You’ll also be able to quickly screen share a specific app or window from the taskbar directly into a Microsoft Teams call.

Notepad includes multi-step undo, an improved search interface, and dark mode support. The new Media Player app is designed to replace Groove Music and Windows Media Player and includes support for both audio and video and a design that better matches Windows 11’s UI improvements.

Vole has moved to an annual feature update for Windows 10 and Windows 11, but this Windows 11 update won’t be the only one this year. Instead, Vole will add new features to Windows 11 more frequently.

Windows and devices chief Panos Panay said that over time Microsoft will release new features into Windows 11 for end users more frequently in addition to our annual update.

“We will use the variety of update mechanisms we have in place, including servicing and Microsoft Store updates. Our goal is to deliver continuous innovation, providing you with the best experiences year-round.”

 

Last modified on 16 February 2022
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