Windows 11 will be turning two years by this October. Since its release to the public in 2021, Microsoft has brought in a lot of new features and improvements to make the Windows 11 user experience the best for everyone. Microsoft brings these features and improvements via software updates that it rolls out every Tuesday. Once again, Microsoft has rolled out a big new Windows update. This time, known as the Windows 11 Moment 2 update, let’s take a dig into what’s new in this big update.
The update is currently live and is rolling to all Windows 11 users who are running on the Windows 11 22H2 update. So if you haven’t received it yet, give it some time as the update will take some time to show up on your Windows 11 PC.
What’s New With Windows 11 Moment 2 Update
Now, let’s take a look into what new features have arrived with the Windows 11 Moment 2 update. There are a lot of cool new features with the Windows 11 Moment 2 update.
Bing AI Taskbar Integration
After integrating AI into the Bing search engine for Microsoft Edge, and looking at how successful it has been, Micorosft has now powered up the Windows 11 taskbar with Bing AI. You can easily make use of this feature by simply clicking on the Search box present on the Taskbar. Once the Search box opens, simply type in what you want. Bing AI will display the results right away within the search box itself. Now, this will work best when your PC is connected to the internet to display internet search results.
Phone Link – Now Supporting iOS Device
Phone Link first made its appearance in Windows 10 and back then only supported several Android devices. With Phone Link, you can see important texts, calls, and other messages from your phone without you having to touch your mobile device. Provided that you have set up a Phone Link between your Windows PC and Mobiel device. Now, in 2023, owners of iOS devices will finally be able to make use of Phone Link. The feature is now in beta, so expect some time for the feature to fully roll out to all Windows 11 PCs soon or later this year.
Meanwhile, Samsung users will be able to enable their device’s wifi hotspot using their Windows 11 PC provided both devices are connected to the same wifi network. For other Android devices, this feature might and will take some time to be made available. Samsung users are also able to transfer their web browser histories from their smartphones to their Windows 11 PC.
Video Enhancements Powered by AI
When it comes to making video calls within Windows 11, Micorosft teams is the go-to choice. Since it comes pre-installed with Windows 11, that doesn’t mean it’s bad. Now with AI, you can easily adjust your audio and video effects before landing up in a video call on Microsoft Teams. You will also be able to preview yourself before joining a call. Effects such as background blur, eye contact, and automatic framing can be set up with ease.
Teams have also been improved when you access it from the Taskbar. You can manage your video call as well as your chat conversations all within a single window itself.
Revamped Quick Assist App
Getting help or going out and about to help someone who has problems with their Windows PC has now been made easier. With the new quick Assist app, you can easily connect to their Wincows PC, share files and screens, and also be able to control your PC while sitting in the comfort of your home. There are even tools that you can use to highlight menus and point things at.
One Swipe Is All It takes – Windows Widgets
All you need t do is swipe from the left or click on the Weather icon on the left of your Taskbar to bring up Windows widgets as well as news items of the day on your screen. This feature now supports widgets from popular apps such as Phone Link, Spotify, Xbox game Pass, and also from Meta. We will also be seeing new widgets from various apps being supported in the coming days or months.
Touch and Swipe Around – Made better For Touch Screen Devices
Windows 11 has now improved its swipes and gestures for those users who use Windows 11 with a touchscreen. Whether you make use of the Surface laptops with touch screens or any other laptops out there, a few swipes from the left, right, up, or down should let you open up Widows and programs right away.
Better Screen Recording Tool
We’ve seen the Snipping Tools improve itself in Windows 11. Now apart from just taking screenshots, you can also now screen record your desktop right away. Yes, you will be able to choose a particular window itself to screen record it without having to worry about other apps popping up while screen recording. Screen recordings are also now saved automatically to your PC so that you don’t have to worry if and where you have saved the captures.
Tabs and More Tabs
The Windows 11 Notepad has been updated to move from its traditional design which has been a staple for years. While its got support for Dark mode, users can now open multiple instances of the Notepad app by simply clicking on the + icon to open more tabs of the Notepad app.
Enhanced Support for Braille Displays and Voice Access For Apps
People who are heard of seeing will now be able to make use of Windows 11, even more, easier thanks to the added support for Braille displays. Other users can also control and use Windows 11 with their voice for a certain number of Windows apps. You can use a microphone and forget the keyboard and mouse to use Windows 11 easily.
Energy Saving Options – One Click Is All it takes
Windows 11 is committed to helping reduce your carbon footprint in the environment. Now, the Power and Battery settings inside the Settings app have several toggles that you can easily enable or disable to suit your usage. This is something new that has been made available for Windows 11 PCs.
Access Your Cloud PC With A Few Clicks
As someone who makes use of Windows 365- aka the Windows Cloud-based PC, you can now manage the PC with just a simple app. Named, Windows 365, you can use the app on your PC directly either from the Taskbar or Start menu. This app is now available to all Windows 11 users via the Microsoft Store.
These are all the new features that you will be able to make use of when you update your Windows 11 PC with the Windows 11 Moment 2 update. Yes, the update has been made available since the 28th of February and by the end of March this year, all Windows 11 users will be running this new Windows 11 Moment 2 update on their PCs right away. So, if you haven’t yet received the update, don’t worry, it will take some time to show up on your PC.
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