Microsoft Announces New Updates For Windows 11 Including Security Improvements, Full-Screen Widgets, And A New File Explorer

Microsoft is going full throttle with its long list of features for Windows 11.

The company recently revealed how it planned to amplify the current security situation that would eliminate the risks associated with hybrid work.

These features are created to assist different stakeholders in becoming more well-equipped when using the software, especially those working remotely. Interestingly, while many of them may not be brand new, they’ll soon be available for users or were just recently rolled out.

The first security feature worth a mention is the Microsoft Pluton that serves as a processor that’s now coming as a part of new CPUs affiliated with Windows 11. The best part of this processor is its ability to be updated and that means it can take on the addition of new features when they begin rolling in. Another major advantage is how the integration into the CPU provides protection against physical attacks, making it an ideal business solution while simplifying the process of configuration.

Another security update that users can soon expect is the HVCI or Hypervisor Protected Code Integrity available on devices with Windows 11. The new feature helps users protect devices from malware by ensuring the drivers installed are reliable. Additionally, it makes use of information from Microsoft’s Reporting Center to block the possible threat of vulnerabilities.

Windows 11 will soon take advantage of another new feature called Smart App Control which is designed to block threatening apps from working on the software. And while some may argue that it’s already doing that, Windows will soon be able to use AI technology to predict which apps could produce malicious behavior in the future.

The company has also stated its desire to make changes to the overall account security that’s present for Windows 11. It plans on doing this through early phishing detection using the Smartscreen feature. Microsoft argued how it managed to do that to a severe extent in the recent past with its Windows defender but now, it hopes to expand at a higher OS level.

To provide users with protection against credential theft, users can expect to see the company enabling the Credential Guard very soon. The company to ward off the risks and growing threat of stealing credentials of its users by enhancing the local security authority feature. Keeping in the same line, Microsoft hopes to secure user data through encryption.

Finally, companies can breathe a sigh of relief as Microsoft hopes to introduce a fool-proof protocol to better secure IT systems in organizations via Config Lock. With this method, companies will have more authority over monitoring devices used by employees. Hence, any changes made could be reverted in seconds, ensuring all security protocols are followed carefully.

Keeping the security advancements aside, Microsoft has also unveiled a new feature that gives users the ability to overview their widgets panel in a more detailed full-screen manner. Currently, Windows 11 allows users to see the panel on the screen’s left side, covering the desktop and apps section.

Now, however, users can enlarge the panel so that it occupies the entire full screen so that more widgets can be displayed, along with greater stories too. There is also some talk about the panel dually supporting both professional and personal accounts. But it’s still unclear as to when this new feature will be made available for Windows 11 users.

One of the biggest updates by Microsoft for Windows 11 has to be the new and improved Files Explorer. The new tabbed explorer for files will also feature suggestions when searching for relevant documents present in your hard disk that are supported with Context IQ.

Other smaller updates include a new feature that allows users to focus better without being disturbed, which can be turned on via a timer depending on need. Users should also keep an eye out for live captions that allow Windows 11 to generate captions for audio, no matter what the source may be.

Snap layouts are being revamped to allow for touch options that make it so much more convenient for those using tablets. And in case you missed the folders option of Windows 10, well, it's coming back so you can drag any icon to make folders on the spot. Windows also briefly hinted at a new enterprise feature that will enable IT to send out targeted messages across different platforms that might appear on users’ desktops.

While the list of new updates is comprehensive, Microsoft is yet to unveil the exact date. Hence, it’s probably safer to assure that they’ll be on their way soon, probably when the company decides to send out the latest feature update for its Windows 11. To be more specific, it’s a good idea to keep a lookout this fall.

However, mid-stream rollout updates can be expected to come as early as now with news about its experience packs, and other integrated advancements.

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