Microsoft Windows 11 2022 Update with Clipchamp available

Microsoft Windows 11 2022 Update with Clipchamp available

Microsoft Product Manager Panos Panay holds the Surface Neo laptop during a Microsoft product event in New York on October 2, 2019.

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Microsoft announced Tuesday that it is starting to roll out the first major update to Windows 11, the current version of its PC operating system. Installing the free update could make computers more affordable, more convenient, more secure — and maybe even greener.

Over the past decade, Microsoft has diversified its business away from Windows by growing the Azure public cloud and acquiring assets such as business social network LinkedIn, but Windows still generates 12 percent of the company’s revenue.

The updates help Microsoft show that it hasn’t given up on modernizing Windows, which dates back to the 1980s and is more popular than any other PC operating system. But the company only offers one sizeable Windows update each year, compared to two a year for Windows 10, Windows 11’s predecessor.

“Our work is never done to make sure Windows evolves and adapts to you,” Microsoft chief product officer Panos Panay wrote in a blog post about the changes.

Among Windows versions, Windows 10 remains the most popular, with about a 72 percent share, according to data compiled by privately held StatCounter. Support for that operating system ends in 2025, and many companies still rely on it for their PC fleets. But Windows 11, first released in October 2021, is growing in popularity, with a 13% share in August, up from 2.6% in January.

The Windows 11 2022 Update, as the new version is called, comes with a video editing program, new customization options for the Start menu, and access to additional Android apps. Here are some of the biggest changes:

The Start menu changes. People were able to pin apps to the Start menu, which now appears in the center of the screen. Now it becomes possible to create an app folder in that Start menu by dragging one app icon over another. In addition, the density of the application grid in the Start menu can be changed. In the Start section of the Settings app, you can click a button that says “More Pins.” Alternatively, you can click “More recommendations” to see additional suggested files in the Start menu.

A new way to organize windows. Windows 11 comes with a way to organize windows neatly on the screen. The new update goes further. Instead of hovering over a window’s maximize button to see what Microsoft calls Snap Layout options, you’ll be able to drag a window to the top of the screen and then drop it into an area that appears on screen. Then you can put additional windows in other areas. This feature now works with a touchscreen.

The new video editing application. A year ago, Microsoft acquired Clipchamp, a startup that created a video editing app. It is now pre-installed in Windows. The free version will let you rotate and crop videos, apply a set of filters, draw stock images and videos, and generate watermark-free exports.

Clipchamp video editing app now comes with Windows.

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Energy savings. Windows Update, the tool for downloading and installing operating system updates, can schedule to install updates when local utilities rely on energy resources that generate lower emissions. To use this feature, your computer must be plugged in, turned on, and connected to the Internet, and there must be carbon intensity information in your area. Microsoft said it has also updated the default power setting for “Sleep” and “Screen off” modes which will reduce emissions when the PCs are doing nothing.

Extended access to the Android app. One of the most notable features of Windows 11 is its ability to run Android apps, thanks to the inclusion of the Amazon Appstore. It’s now available in 31 countries with more than 20,000 Android apps, Microsoft said. The company promises improved graphics performance for Android apps.

Don’t open that app! A feature called Smart App Control can automatically prevent you from opening an unsafe app or file. You can disable the feature, but Microsoft discourages it, and you won’t be able to enable it again without reinstalling Windows.

Microsoft’s Windows 11 can now block unsafe files and apps.

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Better graphics for older games. Graphics gains will also appear for games that are based on older DirectX 10 or DirectX 11 APIs and do not run in full-screen mode. This includes a variable refresh rate, which can result in more new images being displayed per second for devices with higher refresh rates.

Better video calls with advanced computers. Some new PCs come with artificial intelligence chips on board, and if you have one, Windows 11 will be able to remove background noise on video calls, let the camera follow you as you move on calls, and change the video stream so it looks like you’re making eye contact with others in your calls.

If you have a compatible PC, Windows 11 can make it seem like you always have eye contact on video calls.

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Better search. When you search for apps and settings in the taskbar search box, the results will appear faster and be more accurate.

Subtitling all things. More and more people are turning on subtitles when watching videos, and a new accessibility feature in Windows called Live Captions makes this possible for audio or video in any app.

Windows 11 can provide subtitles for video and audio.

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Voice commands. Another accessibility feature, Voice Access, gives you a way to control your computer by speaking. Sometimes this can be an easier way to navigate than typing on your keyboard or clicking your mouse.

More voice options. Not everyone liked the sound of the voice reading the text on the screen in Windows’ Narrator accessibility feature, so now Microsoft offers three natural-sounding voices that rely on artificial intelligence.

How to get Windows 11 2022 Update

People running Windows 11 can install the new update by opening the Settings app, navigating to Windows Update, and clicking the button that says “Check for updates.” Those with Windows 10 can see if their PCs can run Windows 11 using the PC Health Check app, and Windows Update will show them if they’re eligible to upgrade to the Windows 11 2022 Update, called Windows 11, version 22H2.

Not all Windows features that early adopters had access to through Microsoft’s Windows Insider program will be available immediately. The ability to view multiple folders as tabs in File Explorer, a feature that arrived on Apple’s MacOS in 2013, should appear in October.

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