the new major version is available, here are the news

After months of testing by members of the Insider program, the Windows 11 2022 update, also known as Windows 11 22H2, is officially available for download for all users with a compatible machine.

In the program of this new version, Microsoft has introduced many new features, some of which are particularly expected, such as the Windows subsystem for Android. It was announced that Windows 11 was released in October 2021, it has already been deployed in some countries, but not in France. The problem has been solved and you can now download, install and enjoy your favorite Android apps directly on your PC.

Microsoft also took advantage of this update to improve many elements of Windows 11. Among the most famous is the Start menu which now allows applications to be stored in folders. Microsoft didn’t forget File Explorer which (finally!) introduced tabbed browsing. Other improvements, such as window docking, which now offers more options for arranging open windows on the screen, are also in the program. Here is the detail, everything you need to remember from this Windows 11 2022 update.

A more customizable Start menu

By opening a new version of its Start menu, centered by default, when Windows 11 was released, Microsoft somewhat shook the habits of its users, some of whom did not hesitate- two to criticize this choice. With the 22H2 update, Microsoft hopes to catch up with everyone by giving users more freedom when it comes to customizing the Start menu. It is now possible to modulate the elements that will be displayed there, for example by choosing to place more or less elements on the pin, or by favoring automatic recommendations, for example.

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Also, Microsoft has the great idea of ​​integrating a system that allows, finally, the correct storage of the various icons found there. You can drag and drop app icons on top of each other to create a folder that you can rename.

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The task manager has been modernized

When File Explorer gets tabs, it drops them into Task Manager for navigating them. The new interface of Windows 11 Task Manager now relies on a collapsible menu system, shown on the left of the window. Each icon provides access to monitored objects: Processes, Performance, Application History, Startup Applications, Users, Details, and Services.

Another innovation, Microsoft introduced an Efficiency mode that, when activated by a running process, reduces its priority so that it does not cannibalize all the machine’s resources.

Finally, the Task Manager now adapts its interface to the one used to navigate the menus in Windows 11. Therefore the menus and data displayed must adopt the same accent color as those configured in the customization options in the system.

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Android applications, still in Preview, but finally available in France

Available for almost a year in the United States, the Windows Subsystem for Android, which allows you to run Android applications directly in Windows 11, is finally accessible in our latitudes. When it was still in Preview, Microsoft chose to deploy Windows 11 22H2 to expand its availability internationally. The Redmond firm, which has partnered with Amazon for the occasion, therefore allows you to download, install and run Android applications like any other program. The applications, available in the Amazon Appstore, the mobile application store of the e-commerce giant, operate independently (to be downloaded from the Microsoft Store), and run, like native applications, in dedicated windows. .

Note that installing the Amazon Appstore automatically leads to the Windows subsystem for Android. In addition, in addition to the Amazon application store, it is possible to manually install Android applications using APK files directly or by choosing third-party stores such as F-Droid.

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Window anchoring comes with age

Introduced when Windows 11 was released, the window anchoring system, which allows you to rearrange the position of open windows on the screen, has improved. If it only offered four predefined organizations until now, it now offers six by default. It’s enough to leave enough flexibility to choose how to display multiple windows simultaneously on the same screen.

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The return of drag and drop to the taskbar

This is one of the biggest complaints against Microsoft. When Windows 11 was launched, the taskbar no longer allowed you to drag and drop objects, for example to open an application. The removal of this operation, however common, has created a real outcry among users. Microsoft, which started returning beta versions of Windows 11 with Insiders, finally restored it in Windows 11 22H2.

Faster connection for Bluetooth devices

The Windows 11 Quick Settings pane now lets you connect to Bluetooth devices faster. Microsoft has actually put together an easy connection system that allows you to connect your devices by clicking directly on the corresponding icon, as you do now to connect to a Wi-Fi access point.

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Live subtitles, but only in English

Windows 11 22H2 is also an opportunity for Microsoft to highlight the efforts made to improve the accessibility options of its operating system. With this new version, Windows 11 can now create on the fly subtitles for all content broadcast on your computer, regardless of the source. You can follow the transcription of a video played on your PC or a conversation run from a videoconferencing tool for example. The option, which can be activated using the keyboard shortcut Windows + Ctrl + L, works without an Internet connection. Unfortunately, it is only available, at least for now, in English.

Windows 11 22H2 live subtitles
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AI to improve the performance of your audio and video calls

This new version of Microsoft OS also introduces Windows Studio Effects, a tool designed to improve your audio and video calls. For this, the utility offers various effects to filter the ambient noise to focus the voice of your interlocutors, or to blur the background of the place where you make your videoconference. As Apple already offers FaceTime, Microsoft also introduced a function of visual contact that allows your interlocutors to have the impression that you are looking into their eyes even if you are looking elsewhere on the screen. Finally, Windows Studio Effects can automatically crop the image for you when you move.

Windows 11 22H2 effects in Windows Studio
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Some new features won’t arrive until October

While Microsoft is rolling out a lot of new features for users who download the Windows 11 22H2 update right away, some expected features won’t arrive right away. So it is necessary to arm yourself with a little patience. In his blog post, Panos Panay listed them as follows:

Tabs are in File Explorer

This is undoubtedly one of the most requested features, for many years, by Microsoft. With the 22H2 update, the Redmond company will catch up on the ergonomics of File Explorer. There is no need to multiply File Explorer windows to keep multiple directories open on the screen, it is enough to open each folder in tabs.

You can choose to open a tab like a web browser using the keyboard shortcut CTRL + T, or right-click on a directory and choose to open it in a new tab. Be careful though, File Explorer tabs are not available immediately. In his blog post, Panos Panay, the head of Windows, indicated that they will officially arrive in the month of October.

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Suggested actions

Windows 11 gets a handy new feature to try copying things to the clipboard. With this update, Microsoft OS is now able to suggest actions. If you happen to copy a phone number, or even a date, Windows 11 will automatically offer you to call your correspondent through Skype or Teams, or create an event in the calendar and in Outlook.

A new photo gallery

The Photos app as you know it now will also improve. In October, Microsoft will update it to offer a “new photo management experience”. The application thus inaugurates a new gallery, and sees the search and management of your photo library simplified. Photos can be more easily synchronized with OneDrive, and it will even be possible to rediscover your memories with the new dedicated module. As with iCloud Photos and Google Photos, you can find your memories in the form of stories, short montages of your photos and videos from the past.

Windows 11 22H2 update is now available for all users. However, its installation should take place over several weeks. If you don’t want to wait, you can download and install it. To do this, you must go directly to Settings in Windows 11, within the section Windows Update where an option to perform the update should be displayed.

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