Several new features have been added in Windows 11’s February update (version KB5010414) including new stock apps, taskbar updates, and an Android app support preview.
Since its first release, Windows 11 has received a steady stream of minor updates. Last month, Microsoft launched their first massive update for the operating system that changes the game with lots of new features and tweaks — but it’ll take some time to arrive on all eligible devices.
Microsoft will push the new features to your PC via Windows Update, the Microsoft Store, and new “experience packs” that will download quietly in the background and facilitate changes to the Windows 11 operating system. New updates for the Store will push contemporary versions of Notepad and Windows Media Player, replacing the older Groove Music app. Microsoft discontinued its Groove Music service a few years ago, and since then clicking on “Groove Music” in your app drawer should redirect you to Media Player.
The update is currently in a ‘Preview’ state and more finishing touches can be expected before a wider rollout for the Windows 11 user base. Additionally, those who want to sideload Android APKs have that option once this update has been installed.
Microsoft has released two native apps that have been redesigned. This includes the Notepad application, which was redesigned to support a new dark theme and a comprehensive list of improvements in this release, and the new Media Player, which replaces Microsoft’s Groove music app as mentioned above.
If you’re familiar with many Windows 11 reviews, you will know that many users had an issue with the redesigned taskbar and start menu. The taskbar enhancements for this update include the return of the weather widget, which serves as an entry point to accessing Windows 11 widgets. For users with a centrally-aligned taskbar, this widget appears to the extreme left of the taskbar. Left-aligned taskbars will find it to the right of the task view icon. Additionally, Windows 11 users will now be able to view the date and time on all their monitors.
There are also exclusive improvements to the Teams app for this OS enticing users to make the switch. Meetings conducted with the Teams can now be muted/unmuted instantly with a new mic icon located in the taskbar.
With the addition of window sharing, users are able to quickly hover over any open app icon in the taskbar and share content with a couple of clicks — streamlining the process of screen sharing. Microsoft notes that these features are only available to Team users with a work or school account.
Windows 11 has been out for some time now, and Microsoft is making some major changes that’ll make the OS even better. If you haven’t upgraded yet, it might be time to take the plunge (assuming your PC supports Windows 11).
This update offers a lot of worthwhile changes. There is support for Android apps, improvements to the taskbar, and tweaked apps.
Microsoft plans to release updates more often after this update, instead of forcing users to wait annually for new features. Microsoft’s Panos Panay said, “Over time, you’ll see us release new features into Windows 11 for end-users more frequently in addition to our annual update. We will leverage the variety of update mechanisms we have in place, including servicing and Microsoft Store updates. Our goal is to deliver continuous innovation, providing you with the best experiences year-round.”
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