New Features for Windows 11

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New Features for Windows 11

In the last two years, the way of working adopted in the world has changed rapidly. The number of people working remotely has increased during the pandemic period, and some companies have made it permanent. In this context, cyber threats are at an all-time high.

With the transition to hybrid working method, IT managers have difficulties in managing the process and are looking for innovations. Microsoft says it’s accelerating its work to provide tools and technologies suitable for hybrid workspaces. The Windows operating system is at the center of this business.

Windows 11 was recently introduced as a hybrid operating system. According to Microsoft, this operating system was built on familiar foundations to make it easy to manage and compatible for IT. It is designed to meet the challenges of the ever-evolving cyber environment and is equipped with features that help employees do their best work. Microsoft has this to say about its new system:

Since we launched Windows 11, we’ve seen strong demand and the highest quality/product satisfaction scores of any Windows release we’ve ever released. This is just the beginning. Our team is committed to innovating how Windows can make experiences easier, whether you’re returning to the office or working from home.

On March 5, Microsoft announced that “Windows Powers the Future of Hybrid Work” and announced many innovations that will improve the business environment. The company also touched on some of the features already introduced with Windows 11.

With Windows 365, businesses can now stream their entire Windows experience from the Microsoft cloud to any device. This represents an important step in the journey of moving Windows to the cloud.

Zero Trust Chip-to-Cloud Security

New data from Microsoft’s 2022 Business Tendency Index reveals that “cybersecurity and its risks” are top of the list for the business environment next year. The new Windows 11, on the other hand, was developed to meet the challenges businesses face in hybrid working with built-in chip-to-cloud protection.

There are currently more than one billion Windows users in the world. Microsoft says it has deep partnerships with device and silicon manufacturers to increase security against multiple attack vectors. The operating system will thus benefit from tightly integrated hardware and software protection solutions.

Devices need to be more secure than ever before against phishing, weak credentials, malware, ransomware, data loss and the risk of serious hardware attacks if a device is stolen. Windows targets techniques used by ransomware and other large-scale cyberattacks. The new Windows 11, on the other hand, offers two powerful new features to block the most common cyber attack techniques: phishing and targeted malware.

What’s new in Windows 11 builds on the advanced phishing detection and protection built into Windows with Microsoft Defender SmartScreen. This new feature will help protect users from phishing attacks by identifying and alerting users when they enter a malicious app or hacked website with their Microsoft credentials.

Smart App Control uses Microsoft’s powerful artificial intelligence models as well as code signing technique to ensure only trusted apps run, and by default it blocks one of the biggest attack vectors in Windows.

The company also aims to bring the power of the cloud to hardware with the flexible and updatable Microsoft Pluton security processor. We have mentioned Microsoft Pluton extensively in this article. The company also stated that it continues to make improvements on the ecosystem.

Microsoft introduced new features to protect the productivity of employees and businesses from the most common to the most sophisticated. To do this, Config Lock, already in Windows 11, is tasked with monitoring registry keys through MDM policies to help ensure devices in your ecosystem are compliant with industrial and corporate security fundamentals. If Config Lock detects a change in registry keys, it automatically returns the affected system to the state the IT team intended in seconds.

More Inclusive, Accessible and Smart

Microsoft describes Windows 11 as the most accessible and comprehensive release ever. New features such as Focus, system-wide Live Captions, and Audio Access have been rolled out to provide a better experience for everyone, including people with disabilities. Focus was developed to make it easier for employees, including those with attention deficits, to form healthy digital habits and be more productive.

Available system-wide, Live Captions make it easier for everyone, including hard-of-hearing users and language learners, to understand content. Voice Access makes it possible for anyone, including people with limited mobility and those with conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, to control their device and dictate content using their voice. Each of these features has been created with people with disabilities and is supported by extensive features for other Windows users to use.

Microsoft has also made numerous changes to File Explorer. Cloud-powered File Explorer was developed to consolidate files into one central place so you can find what you’re looking for. However, soon you will be able to pin files and navigate with tabs in File Explorer.

Teams have yet to apply these changes to Windows 11 preview builds. As you can see in the screenshot below, tabs in File Explorer are similar to Microsoft Edge tabs. You can create new tabs, drag and drop tabs, and now choose between tab or window when you right-click. This feature will be enabled by default. But we don’t know if there will be an option to disable it.

windows 11 file explorer

Microsoft says File Explorer has been redesigned and is now cloud-powered, so you’ll get file suggestions from your Microsoft 365 account. We expect all of this to come with Windows 11 version 22H2 (Sun Valley 2). Microsoft is also working on a few new features for the taskbar and Start Menu.

Smart Meeting Features

The company is introducing new AI-powered smart meeting features in Windows 11 to further enhance the meeting and collaboration experience.

We’re more connected through our devices than ever before, and we want to make this experience feel more personal and human, with new features like Voice clarity and Voice focus, Auto-framing, Portrait background blur, and Eye contact.

Streamlined Windows Management

Simplicity and ease of management are more important than ever as organizations and IT teams must adapt to remote and hybrid work environments. Microsoft now aims to ease the burden on IT by automating updates for Microsoft Edge and Office with Windows Autopatch. Autopatch will be available at no additional cost as part of the Windows Enterprise E3 subscription.

Microsoft is also expanding the Windows experience with cloud capabilities to help meet the changing workforce needs with Windows 365. Windows 365 Enterprise edition was developed to provide organizations with the ultimate Windows experience on a corporate or personal device, all managed in Microsoft Endpoint Manager. IT teams can manage Windows 365 Cloud computers as well as Endpoint Manager physical computers. Additionally, Azure AD Join support for based PCs will be generally available in May.

Additionally, app management for Microsoft Edge is coming to Windows 11 to give more flexibility in how and where employees work. Microsoft aims to help IT provide end users with secure access to corporate resources when employees need to use personal devices to control their work or perform tasks. With application protection policies implemented in Endpoint Manager for Edge, administrators will be able to configure how data goes in and out of their organization and define the Windows Defender threat level allowed on the device. In this context, while maintaining security and privacy, employees are provided with secure access to company resources from their personal Windows devices.

Removing Boundaries Between PC and Cloud

The software giant will soon introduce new integrations that combine the power of Windows 11 and Windows 365. Integrations include Windows 365 Switch for one-click seamless movement between your Cloud PC and Local PC, and Windows 365 Boot to boot directly to your Windows 365 Cloud PC in one step. In addition, it is possible to sync all data with the Windows 365 Offline function to be able to work offline and boot without losing any data. Microsoft states that these processes are important for businesses and they are still in the early stages for Windows-cloud integration.

Partnerships for Devices

A key element of hybrid work is ensuring that devices are modern and secure. Microsoft says it’s working with OEM partners in this regard, including Acer, ASUS, Dell Technologies, Dynabook Fujitsu Client Computing, Getac, HP, Lenovo, LG, MSI, NEC PC, Panasonic and Samsung. And when it comes to chips, AMD is working with Intel and Qualcomm to deliver the best Windows 11 experience.

Thus, they collaborate for processors with security features, video conferencing, next-generation graphics, all-day battery life, durable designs for frontline workers, instant power-on, fast memory and superior performance, sustainable designs and much more.

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