Since its release in October 2021, Windows 11 has continued to be enriched with new features here and there. We thought the stock was a bit exhausted, but other innovations are on the way. Microsoft has just presented all the novelties that await the operating system by the end of the year.
Six months after the release of Windows 11, the operating system is already full of new features. On the occasion of a conference on the theme “the future of hybrid work”, Microsoft has indeed just presented some of the innovations which will benefit its OS in the months to come.
Of course, Redmond didn’t reveal all the tricks Windows 11 has up its sleeve, but we take stock of the new features that will arrive very soon in the OS.
File Explorer gets new features
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, the presentation that Microsoft has just made of the new features of Windows 11 essentially concerns the world of work. But Panos Panay also focused on certain features intended for all users, without distinction. The following new features can be noted in particular:
- Tab browsing in File Explorer is now possible. Already spotted in beta via the Windows Insider program, this novelty is about to land in a finalized version of Windows 11.
- File Explorer also enjoy a new login page, which offers as usual quick access to folders and other recently viewed documents, but also a new option for managing favorites. With a simple right click, it is possible to add these to the home page of File Explorer.
- Start screen icons (also called Start menu) can now be placed in folders.
- The ability to convert audio to subtitles in real time.
- New voice commands (Voice Access) which make it possible to do away with the keyboard completely.
Windows 11 does everything to improve user security
Panos Panay thus explains on the Microsoft blog that the “over one billion Windows users will benefit from tightly integrated layers of hardware and software protection”. For this, Microsoft relies on partnerships with PC manufacturers.
Microsoft says it wants to fight against phishing, malware, ransomware, data loss and the risk of attack in the event of theft of a PC. One of the big new features of Windows 11 is the integration of an anti-phishing system present in Microsoft Defender SmartScreen. With this new feature, the user is alerted when he unknowingly enters his personal information into a malicious application or a hacked website. For this, the app SmartControl uses both code signing and Microsoft-developed AI to ensure that only trusted applications are launched.
Also read: Windows 11 – Microsoft is working on a security utility complementary to Windows Defender
The Redmond giant also recalls that Windows 11 takes advantage of technology “Setup Lock“, which ensures the integrity of registry keys. In case Config Lock detects a change in a registry key, this tool is able to reset the system to its previous state in seconds.
No release date for this new version of Windows 11 has yet been communicated by Microsoft.