Microsoft will address some of the unfinished parts of Windows 11 in an update next month, they say a blog post by Microsoft product manager Panos Panay. At the top of the new features is a public preview for Android apps running on Windowsa feature advertised by Microsoft when it announced Windows 11 in June 2021.
Microsoft also named a few other areas for improvement in the post: redesigned Notepad and media player apps, taskbar improvements, a universal mute and unmute button, “easier window sharing,” and adding weather directly to the taskbar instead of it in a widget to keep.
Most of these updates have been available to Windows Insiders in the Beta and Dev channels for some time, so check our coverage map (eg notepad, Changes in the taskbarand many different pieces) to get a good idea of how things will look. It’s possible we’ll see changes that Microsoft hasn’t released yet, but major changes are unlikely to skip preview channels until they’re released broadly.
The updates Microsoft has released since the release of Windows 11 in October collectively answer a question we asked in our review: whether the new operating system’s shortcomings should wait until Windows’ annual maintenance updates are fixed. Microsoft is likely to introduce at least a few major changes and new features for Windows 11 22H2 later this year, but the company is clearly taking an “when they’re ready” approach to individual app updates, always-forward features, come first last were announced summer. , and minor functional improvements based on user feedback.
Microsoft hasn’t provided specific Windows 11 rollout numbers, but Panay said the Windows 11 upgrade offering is “starting to enter the final phase of availability, which is a step ahead of our original plan for mid-2022.” “. Microsoft started the Windows 10 to Windows 11 upgrade process on the newer systems first, which helped them fix the early problems (and that has been lots) before deploying it to all PCs that meet the strict system requirements. Windows 10 users can still easily postpone the Windows 11 upgrade if they wish, but at least they have the option to install the new operating system via Windows Update soon if they haven’t already. (Manual installation is also an option and the only way to install Windows 11 PCs that do not meet all requirements.)