microsoft is working tirelessly to make Windows 11 better, secured and more useful. The company is currently getting prepared to rollout a full packed features for Windows 11 operating systems in the coming week. This new update will bring improvements to areas such as Taskbar, Widgets Board, Settings, and accessibility features.
Since launching the operating system, the company has dropped two feature updates for the version 22H2. These updates came as part of Microsoft's new approach to make Windows 11 better. The company has outlined a new update plan to improve the operating system with new features every few months.
The first update which the company calls Moment1 came in October 2022. It came with some improvements like the introduction of tabs in file explorer. Moment two came in February 2023 with another set of new features. It introduced some improvements for touch users, an updated system tray, and more.
In the month or May or June, we expect the company to rollout the next update for Windows 11. The forthcoming update will follow suit and bear the name, Moment3. This is rumored to be one of the biggest updates so far for Windows 11. Here is an overview of some of the features we are expecting.
A New Windows 11 Widgets Board Experience
Finally, Microsoft if going to bring some great changes to the Widgets board. The company will now separate the widgets board from the MSN news feed. The widget board will now appear in its own column on the left side of the screen. The users can also rearrange them to align vertically.
This new update will also make it a lot easier to pin widgets onto the widgets board. Most applications are coming with new widgets that will help the user easily reach certain features. Facebook for example, has developed a new widget that shows recent updates from friends and other notifications.
An Updated Notifications and Taskbar
In the moment 3 update, the notification bar will get smarter. With notifications such as two-factor authentication notifications, there will be a new “Copy” button. This will definitely improve the quality of life for the end user. Users can now quickly copy the received codes in one click.
This works better when the user has connected his smartphone using the Phone Link app. However, it also works for certain applications which include Telegram, Skype and Email.
Microsoft will also make some minor changes to certain shortcut buttons on the taskbar. The Weather button will now show a little animation when a user clicks on it. Also, there will be a new VPN status indicator beside the Wi-Fi button. This indicator will show when the VPN becomes active.
The search box on the taskbar will also see some overhaul. The Bing chat icon will now be just an icon instead of a text box. Clicking on it will rather lead the user to Edge browser rather than opening a pop-up. The search box itself will now display a white text field. This will remain white irrespective of the theme. It will not change whether the user is using the dark theme or the light theme.
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Windows 11 Settings Update
Opening the Settings, users will notice some few additions and changes. Users will be able to configure how the touch keyboard behaves when a keyboard is detected or not detected. You can be able to set the virtual keyboard never to show whether a keyboard is connected or not. They can also set it to show when a physical keyboard is not detected. Lastly, users can set the virtual keyboard to show whether a keyboard is connected or not.
Another feature to look out for is the ability to add seconds to the clock in the system trey. This feature was available in Windows 10 and previous versions. For some reason, it got missing in Windows 11. Finally, the company has decided to bring it back as part of the Moment3 update.
The company will also update the privacy settings with new presence sensing options. Users can now be able to control which apps can detect their presence when using compatible hardware. You can now turn off individual apps from detecting presence or turn off the presence sensing altogether.
When it comes to searching for any content in the Settings area, Microsoft will also make some improvements. This time around, searching for something specific with the search box should be a lot faster. Also, users can now have access to a new toggle button. This button will allow for automatic updating of new Windows updates.
Windows 11 Accessibility Improvement
The photos app will also receive new slideshow features. These include different themes, transitions and music which plays along with the slideshow. The Photos app will also reintroduce the Spot fix tool for enhancing photos. Microsoft is expanding the accessibility to reach more regions and include more languages. Live captioning will now be available for languages such as Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish as well as other English languages.
As we stated earlier on, this update will roll out in a few months. Microsoft has not yet revealed the official rollout date. However, we can deduce something from the previous edition. The Moment1 was out in October 2022. In 4 months' time, which is February 2023, the company sent out Moment2. Microsoft has also revealed its plans to release new update in months. The company's new update plans together with the previous releases makes things a bit clearer. For these reasons, we expect the company to release the Moment3 update in either May or June.
We are committed to making sure that every new update reaches our readers as early as possible. Stay with GizChina and always come back to check for new updates. As soon as Moment 3 starts rolling out, we will let the news out. If the company adds new features, we will also let you know.