Windows 11 2022 update liveblog: everything you need to know

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One thing not many people are talking about is Windows 11’s new eco-friendly features, especially its ability to be carbon conscious.

With the right data, Windows 11 can operate in a more environmentally friendly way, so scheduling Windows updates when it can lead to lower carbon emissions.

However, this does not work alone. First, the computer must be plugged in and connected to the internet – a reasonable assumption. Second, it needs data from your power grid describing current levels of regional carbon intensity. Smart grids do have this, although it may not be immediately obvious whether they can or cannot send that information back to your home or office and for Windows 11 to use.

Yet we appreciate the effort in a world where the climate is changing rapidly and every little bit counts. At least we hope so.

That’s going to do it for me and this Windows 11 Update live blog. Be sure to check out all of GadgetMasti’s coverage of the major update.

Microsoft's Eye Contact Demo

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As this Windows 11 update rolls out, it pays to read the fine print about what is supported “out of the box” and what needs that extra bit of hardware to make it this way.

Windows Studios Effects, for example, sounds like it could boost video conferencing with AI-enhanced voice focus (eliminates all background noise) and background blurring to cut out the unmade bed behind you. Microsoft also mentions “Eye Contact,” an AI-powered feature that makes it seem like you’re always looking at the camera — even when you’re not.

The idea is to make it appear to the recipient of your video call that you are making intense eye contact with them. It’s a cool and slightly weird feature I’ve ever seen in action right after the launch of Microsoft’s Surface Pro X convertible laptop.

In fact, that was the only device it supported at the time. Since then, there has been more hardware support. That said, there is no guarantee that your laptop’s camera and subsystem will support the feature. So yes, be happy if so, but don’t be too disappointed if you can’t maintain artificial eye contact with your updated Windows 11 PC.

Windows 11 Snap Layouts

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Hi GadgetMasti US Editor-in-Chief Lance Ulanoff here, continued with Daryl Baxter.

There’s a lot to handle in this Windows 11 update, but I find myself focusing on the details.

For example, Microsoft says the latest Windows offers improvements to Snap layouts that should make you more productive. I often use these tools to manage as many as six windows on two screens, but I found some of the controls less than intuitive. I’m hopeful that, as Microsoft promises, these updates will make them more versatile, but also more user-friendly.

However, what really intrigues me is the promise of Snap Layouts in the Microsoft Edge browser.

You see, I’m an “Edgey” (yes, I just made that up), meaning I use Microsoft Edge as my default browser. It’s better, faster and lighter than Chrome. It also has cool tools like Collections and vertical tabs. Now, with Windows 11, it has Snap Layouts. That could be a real game changer, especially with the number of tabs I manage and how often I have to refer to multiple web pages at once.

Mario waves goodbye

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Looks like the Windows 11 2022 update hype is settling for day one, so I’m opting out.

If you’d like to get in touch about anything you’ve found so far about the new update, here’s my contact information.

Goodbye!

Windows 11's new Task Manager

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We came across a redesigned Task Manager in a previous Insider build and it finally arrived in the new update.

In addition to dark mode, you can create crash logs to further investigate why an app has crashed, and there’s a new ‘Efficiency Mode’, which can limit how apps use your PC in terms of memory and processor usage to, for example, check your laptop’s battery life. better to control.

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Our friends at GadgetMasti Pro highlighted the security features for this new update, which cover areas such as identity, patch management, malware protection, and more.

A big new feature is called Smart App Control, a new AI-enabled system that can prevent users from running malicious applications in Windows 11.

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If you’ve been waiting for a calibration app for your HDR monitor, the wait is over.

A tweet announces the availability of one, where you can easily configure how the image looks best on your monitor when viewing content or playing games.

Android apps in Windows 11

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Another article from Darren where Microsoft announced that Android apps are faster in this 2022 update.

Apps are now launching “two to three times faster performance in graphics and better input for touch controls, plus mouse and keyboard for that matter.”

There is also greater availability for this feature, with it coming to Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK.

Windows 11 controller bar in 2022 update

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One of our fantastic freelancers Darren Allan has written a great new feature in the update: a Controller Bar.

Allan describes this as a way to start a game by pressing the ‘Xbox’ button on an Xbox controller, which allows you to get to your games much faster than before.

There’s also more support for Auto HDR, and if you’re not sure what that is, we’ve put together a handy guide to it.

Windows 11 2022 update available

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And like clockwork, the update shows up as available on my gaming PC.

Windows had to install another update first and after a reboot and go back to Windows Update in Settings suddenly appeared the 22H2 update.

And yes, that’s Tomb Raider 2 (opens in new tab) in the background, arguably one of the best games of all time.

Windows 11 start menu

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If you are having trouble seeing the new update on your PC in Windows Updatewe have created a guide to try and propel the process forward.

Tabbed Explorer in Windows 11 2022 Update

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While the update isn’t showing up on my gaming PC yet, I’ve enabled the Insider program for it, so tabs in File Explorer is something I’ve been using for weeks. Microsoft tells us that the feature will be launched next month.

Without sounding dramatic like a soap opera (opens in new tab) on TV, this one feature changed the way I manage files and content on my PC, and it took a long time.

Windows 11 Live Subtitles in 2022 Update

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A big feature of the new update (opens in new tab) is better Accessibility options. Live captions can finally be used across the operating system, from Teams calls to when you play a video.

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We’re live with the first major update to Windows 11 since its release last year. But is it visible to you?