Over a year ago, Microsoft released the Windows 11 Operating System (OS), which was generally well-received for its stability and user-friendliness. Although it is not a significant departure from the Windows 10 experience, it does provide numerous improvements over the previous environment.
Despite several enhancements and a free upgrade offer for Windows 10 users, Windows 11 has yet to gain widespread adoption. As of November 2022, Windows 10 still dominates the market with a 69.75% usage share, while Windows 11 has only captured 16.13%.
While some users are gradually upgrading to the newer OS, others are adopting a wait-and-see approach to ensure it is worth their time and effort. Additionally, many users hesitate to upgrade due to the learning curve of getting accustomed to a new desktop environment.
Fortunately, Windows 11 retains a similar workspace feel to its predecessor but with numerous productivity and security advantages that Windows 10 does not offer.
Below are some of the standout features of the latest Windows OS. Upon reviewing these features, you may be convinced to dive into the Windows 11 universe.
Multi-tasking is common for most users and frequently involves working with multiple apps simultaneously. However, switching between apps can be tedious and time-consuming, especially when referencing two different windows side-by-side.
According to a recent survey, about 68% of app users reported that switching between apps costs them at least 30 minutes daily. Additionally, resizing windows to fit side-by-side can be frustrating, often resulting in losing the scroll bar or difficulty accessing menu items.
Introducing snap layouts – a handy feature in Windows 11 that effectively addresses the multi-app problem. With snap layouts, users can easily access various layout options by hovering over the maximize icon at the top of any window.
Select the desired area for the active app, and it will snap into place, enabling you to select additional apps for the other slots.
Quickly locate a document, website, image, or app with Windows 11’s master search feature. Click on the search icon on your desktop, and a search bar will appear, displaying results based on the entered keyword.
Additionally, Microsoft offers a fun touch by populating daily topics into the search bar, allowing users to learn more about exciting subjects such as the James Webb Space Telescope, Coffee Day, or other fun issues.
Once you have entered your keyword, you can refine your search further by specifying the search results you seek, such as apps, documents, web, and more.
Clipchamp Video Editor
Microsoft has included a free video editor in its users’ latest Windows 11 update. The new Clipchamp app simplifies video editing, eliminating the need to download any additional software.
Despite being a free application, Clipchamp offers a wide range of features typically only available with paid video editing software. These include templates, effects, video resizing, and green screen capabilities.
MS Teams Video, Audio & Text Messaging
Since the pandemic, video calls have become the new normal. However, not all video software is user-friendly, leading to delays and frustration.
Windows 11 has solved this problem by pre-installing Microsoft Teams, offering a simple click-to-call experience. You can easily invite someone to a video or audio call, even if they don’t have a Microsoft account, making the process seamless for both parties.
Moreover, the Teams app in this OS also offers the convenient feature of SMS messaging. Instead of reaching for your phone, you can text someone from your desktop using Teams.
Windows 11 has introduced several exceptional accessibility features to ensure everyone can use their computer however they want. These features benefit not only individuals with disabilities but also those who appreciate the added flexibility.
The latest accessibility features in Windows 11 include:
- System-wide live captions
- Focus sessions
- Voice access
- More natural voices for Narrator, Windows’ built-in screen reader
Collections in Microsoft Edge
Windows default browser is Microsoft Edge, and it comes with a feature called “collections” worth exploring. If your bookmarks are a mess, this feature will come in handy.
Clicking the “plus” icon on the top of an Edge browser window opens the collections panel, where you can add a subject and web pages to a collection. You’ll see a preview of what you’ve added, and everything will be organized neatly. Collections are easy to access and delete when you’re done with them.
Microsoft Defender SmartScreen
Phishing is still the top online security threat, leading to various cyberattacks, such as ransomware and credential theft. Cybercriminals often direct users to malicious websites through phishing messages, which can result in unknowingly landing on a site infected with malware.
Fortunately, Windows 11 has Microsoft Defender SmartScreen to safeguard against such dangerous phishing sites. The app employs a dynamic list of reported phishing sites to check URLs in real-time and alert users if a site is a potential threat.
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