Finally ! A few days ago, it was rumored that Microsoft was about to roll out a major Windows 11 update with a host of new features. It’s done now.
The preview of build 22557 has just been published in the Developer Channel for Insider Program members and promises a plethora of new features.
One of these was the big return of drag-and-drop to the taskbar, a very practical feature that Microsoft had wanted to remove on Windows 11 and caused some dissatisfaction among users. With this update, Microsoft has put down the package and promises many new features for its operating system. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the most important.
Application folders in the Start menu
With this new build of Windows 11, it is now possible to rearrange the pinned items area in the Start menu by creating application folders. As simple as it is on smartphones, just drag an app icon onto another to create a new folder ready to host other apps. If it is not possible to rename these folders for the time being, Microsoft confirms that it is being worked on.
The arrival of a Focus Mode and Do Not Disturb
You can now easily mute the notification whistle. Microsoft introduces a mode Do not disturb to silence them and disable the display of banners. The notifications received during this time are all grouped together in the Notification Center.
The Redmond firm also plans to let you control the mode Do not disturb by integrating in the parameters the possibility to create your own rules, including priorities.
Another novelty, the arrival of a mode Focus† Activated from the Notification Center, you can deactivate badges and disruptive elements on application icons in the taskbar and activate the mode Do not disturb†
When used, the mode: Focus displays a timer. It also integrates with the function Focus sessions integrated into the Windows 11 Clock application, so you can play a quiet music playlist or even access your to-do list in Microsoft To-Do.
Automatic subtitles, in English for now
This new build of Windows 11 is also an opportunity for Microsoft to take its automatic captioning system into use. All spoken content, be it audio or video, can benefit from subtitles generated locally on the machine.
These subtitles can be displayed at the top or bottom of the screen, or in a floating window. The user also has the option to customize the display by changing the font, size, etc.
Please note, however, that this caption system currently only supports content in English.
New touch gestures
Like rumors, this news to build Windows 11 introduces new touch gestures. Microsoft has planned five to facilitate navigation in its operating system.
So it is possible to display the Start menu by sliding your finger upwards from the bottom of the screen.
In the Start menu, navigate by swiping right or left between pinned apps and all other apps. The same goes for navigating between the sections Our recommendations and More†
The quick settings panel can also be accessed by swiping the screen up from the clock displayed on the right side of the taskbar.
Similarly, Notification Center can now be displayed by swiping from the right edge of the screen to the left.
The improved window anchoring system
Snap format, the Windows 11 window docking system benefits from a new activation mode. It is now possible to drag a window to the top of the screen to display the different possible anchors within a banner. All you need to do is drop the window onto one of the suggested templates to anchor it before you can select the other windows you want to use.
New energy saving settings
To help reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions, Microsoft explains that it has changed the default values for the sleep and screen off mode when the PC is idle.
However, these new settings are only visible to users who have performed a clean install of Windows 11, with this to build specific, or a to build superior.
A modernized task manager
The to build 22557 of Windows 11 opens a new interface for the task manager. It is now compatible with the dark theme and benefits from a “hamburger” menu that allows you to navigate between the different task manager settings.
Microsoft also introduced its experienced Eco Mode in Windows 10 last year. Renamed here Efficiency Mode:it is activated from the contextual menu of the right-click on one of the processes and allows to restrict access to the resources of the machine for applications that are a bit too greedy.
By prioritizing other running programs, the machine regains its responsiveness and reduces energy consumption.
Make an exhaustive list of all the new features introduced in the to build 22557 of Windows 11 would be very difficult since Microsoft has done everything possible. In addition to the return of drag-and-drop on the taskbar, among the other notable changes and improvements of this update, we note the addition of the preview of the files in a folder in the file explorer, the improved application search of the search field of the taskbar, the display of storage space used on OneDrive in File Explorer, or the ability to add a button in the control center to quickly change color profiles.
Source : Microsoft