Microsoft announces new features for Windows 11, including tabs in File Explorer

Microsoft announced some important features during its Windows 11 event. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect in the near future.

File Explorer tabs are official

File Explorer tabs, which we reported about a month ago, have been confirmed by Microsoft. The Redmond-based company initially toyed with the idea for Windows 10, but later scrapped sets. It’s good to see the feature finally becoming a reality.

How to enable tabs in File Explorer in Windows 11

Users can use tabs in the built-in file manager to access multiple directories from a single instance of the program. It works similar to tabs in a web browser. File Explorer receives other improvements, e.g. B. Contextual suggestions powered by Context IQ to find files faster.

Tabbed home page optimized for Windows 11 File Explorer

File Explorer displays a streamlined homepage with your favorite folders, files, and recently accessed content.

folder in the start menu

Windows 11 start menu folder

Windows 11’s Start menu allows users to create folders to store shortcuts to their favorite apps to keep things clean. You can rename the folders to organize them according to your needs.

Start menu folder renamed

Tap Snap layouts

Windows 11 has many snap layouts to help users multitask. This feature has been enhanced for touch screen devices. Microsoft calls this improvement Touch Snap Layouts.

Microsoft Defender SmartScreen

Windows 11 will integrate Microsoft Defender SmartScreen as an additional layer of security to protect users from potentially malicious apps, phishing attacks, etc. The current Insider Preview build, version 22581, has an issue related to SmartScreen, it slows down the loading process of video files.

Intelligent app control

Microsoft brings Smart App Control to Windows 11. It’s an enhanced version of Defender that runs in evaluation mode to learn how to protect your computer without affecting your usage. It automatically blocks malicious apps, untrustworthy programs and potentially unwanted apps that have been flagged by Microsoft. The catch? Smart App Control is only available for new Windows installations or when you reset the operating system.

Windows 11 Smart App Control SAC

Focus Timer and Do Not Disturb

Users who want to work without distractions can toggle focus mode from the notification center. It displays a timer and toggles Do Not Disturb to silence notifications, badges, and flashing taskbar icons so you can focus on the task at hand.

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22557 - Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb can also be enabled separately and integrated into the Clock app for alarms. These features first appeared in Insider Preview Build 22557.

live subtitles

Windows 11 gets a new accessibility feature called Live Captions to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing. If the option is enabled, subtitles, also known as closed captions, will be displayed in all apps, including audio from streaming websites, videos, audio from the Internet (calls, video calls, etc.).

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22557 - Live Captions

Microsoft hasn’t confirmed when it will bring these features to Windows 11, we think they could be rolling out this summer with the Sun Valley 2 update.

AI-powered meeting experiences for video calls

Windows 11 brings new meeting experiences for video calls to help speech intelligibility by suppressing background chatter and Speech Focus to emphasize the speaker. Users can toggle background blur to reduce background distractions.

Meeting experiences with Windows 11 AI

The eye contact feature creates a natural eye contact experience to make it appear as if you’re looking at the camera during a call, in scenes where your computer’s camera is on the side, or at an unusual angle on the table.

here is a video highlighting upcoming features in Windows 11. You can refer to the official one Notice for more details. Microsoft has also announced some improvements for Windows 365, which you can check out in our previous article.

Which of these features are you looking forward to?

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