The Redmond company has announced the availability of its first periodic update for Windows 11. It includes several features involving tabs in File Explorer, changes to the taskbar, the photo application and in the way of sharing files between devices.
First major update for Windows 11 in H2 with 22H2. This upgrade includes the Amazon Appstore, tabbed file explorer, and taskbar improvements, most of which are available today. As it indicated in September with the launch of the Windows 11 2022 update, the company wants to periodically add additional features and experiences in Windows 11, such as the “Feature Experience Packs” that it accustomed us to in the past. The company also announced the availability of Windows 10 2022 Update (also known as Windows 10, version 22H2). The latter contains a small number of functions with a focus on productivity, security and management.
“We recommend that commercial organizations begin targeted deployments to verify that their applications, devices and infrastructure are working as expected with the new release,” said John Cable, Microsoft’s vice president of program management for Windows Servicing. and Delivery, in a blog post. Version 22H2 is now available through Windows Server Update Services (including Configuration Manager), Windows Update for Business, and the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). To install Windows 10 22H2, simply open Windows Update settings (Settings > Update & security > Windows Update) and select “Check” for updates. Eligible devices may also be offered the option to choose to upgrade to Windows 11.
Features to simplify users’ everyday life
The latest features added with the Windows 11 incremental update include the tabbed file explorer. Specifically, tabs in File Explorer will make it easier for users to organize files and move between folders faster. It’s designed to simplify everyday tasks and make collaboration effortless with OneDrive integration.
The tabbed file explorer. (Credit: Microsoft)
Another improved point: the taskbar. Two user-suggested changes, according to Microsoft, are coming to the taskbar. Users will be able to see all their apps in a single place and provide easier access directly to the Task Manager. Microsoft also presents “Suggested Actions”. This feature anticipates users’ needs and provides them with suggestions for actions, such as automatically highlighting phone numbers to call or future dates to record to create events on their calendar.
On the photo side, the application that manages photos and videos will be available at the end of October. The Photos app on Windows 11 is designed to make it easier to organize a user’s photo collection, regardless of where the photos come from (phone, your camera, OneDrive). A Memories experience arrives, based on photos stored on OneDrive and recalls memories of places visited or key dates for each. The function is very similar to that offered by Apple or Google Photos, and it is able to analyze images and create travel memories.
In November, iCloud integration with the Photos app will allow users to access all their iPhone photos through a direct connection to the iCloud Photo Library. (Credit: Microsoft)
On the sharing side between multiple devices, Microsoft has made an effort. Now anyone can share files with multiple nearby devices, right from their desktop, File Explorer, Photos, Snipping Tool, Xbox and other apps.
Finally, note the general availability of the Amazon Appstore, created by the partnership between Microsoft and Amazon. Windows 11 users can now access 50,000 Android apps and games from the Amazon Appstore.
Amazon Appstore. (Credit: Microsoft)