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When we reviewed Windows 11 practically two months in the past, it was apparent that some areas of the working system had been nonetheless beneath building. Many of the built-in apps had been nonetheless in want of updates, and a handful of options that had been promised again at Windows 11’s unveiling in June had been nonetheless both in preview or lacking totally.

Windows 11 now has two months of updates beneath its belt. Many of these have targeted on fixing the OS’s early issues, however others have slowly added options to deliver it nearer to what Microsoft initially introduced. We’ve lined a lot of these updates as they have been launched. But should you’re nonetheless on the fence about upgrading and you have not been following intently, we have put collectively a fast listing of bug fixes and options which have come out since Windows 11 was launched, issues Microsoft has been testing since early October, and some issues that we nonetheless have not seen.

Available to the general public

The preliminary launch of Windows 11 was construct quantity 22000.194 (you may see this quantity by operating “winver” from the Run field or the Start menu’s search bar). As of the November 2021 replace, construct quantity 22000.348, the next issues have been added, tweaked, or fastened:

  • Ryzen efficiency points: Both Microsoft and AMD have launched software program fixes for issues that affected newer AMD Ryzen processors, significantly these with increased core counts. Independent testing verifies that the patches principally deliver Windows 11’s Ryzen efficiency in keeping with Windows 10’s, although there should be some room for enchancment.
  • Many, many different bug fixes: It would take too lengthy to enumerate the total listing of bugs that Microsoft has fastened within the first few Windows 11 updates (although Microsoft has complete lists right here and right here), however patches have addressed all the pieces from taskbar rendering issues to virtualization points to printing bugs, in addition to fairly just a few crashes. There’s at all times extra to repair with any software program as huge and complicated as Windows, however rolling the working system out to a wider swath of the general public has given Microsoft loads of information to make use of for fixing bugs.
  • Cosmetic stuff: Is it an enormous deal that newer Windows 11 updates have put the “blue” again in “blue display screen of demise” or that they’ve added Microsoft’s brilliant, bubbly new emoji designs? Not actually. But altering small stuff like this weeks or months after the official public launch of a brand new working system actually reinforces the notion that Windows 11 was a aircraft that took off whereas it was nonetheless being constructed.


Currently testing

Android apps were a big part of the Windows 11 announcement, but they're still only available as a preview.Enlarge / Android apps had been an enormous a part of the Windows 11 announcement, however they’re nonetheless solely obtainable as a preview.

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These apps and options can be found to check in some kind, often by means of the Windows Insider Program’s Beta or Dev channels, however they have not been launched to most of the people simply but.

  • Android apps: The Windows Subsystem for Android will deliver Amazon-backed Android apps to Windows 11 programs, supplied they’ve the appropriate virtualization options enabled and meet an much more stringent set of {hardware} necessities than Windows 11 itself. The preview, obtainable to Windows Insider Beta channel customers, solely formally helps a small subset of Android apps, however individuals are already exhausting at work sideloading different apps from Amazon’s and Google’s shops.
  • A brand new Media Player: The present Groove Music app is slated to get replaced with a brand new Media Player app, merely known as “Media Player” as a substitute of “Windows Media Player.” The new app will deal with video information along with music when it is launched, however that is probably not for some time—this app is barely obtainable to Dev channel Windows Insiders and never the more-stable Beta or Release Preview channels. Users of the legacy Windows 7-era Media Player app will nonetheless have the ability to entry it even as soon as the brand new app is put in, at the least for now.
  • A extra nimble Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL): Windows 11 nonetheless ships with its personal model of WSL, which provides fairly just a few options in comparison with the Windows 10 model. But Windows 11 customers may also entry a model of it within the Microsoft Store, the place the corporate guarantees quicker updates that do not require upgrading to a brand new model of Windows. While at present a “preview,” Microsoft says that it will definitely intends for the Store model of WSL to be the first model.
  • Microphone standing and muting: Like Android apps, it is a function that Microsoft confirmed off in June however did not find yourself transport within the preliminary model. Whenever you are on a name, a microphone icon will seem in your taskbar, and you can see which app is utilizing your microphone and mute and unmute your self immediately from that icon without having to make use of the app itself. This is at present solely obtainable for Microsoft Teams calls in Dev builds of Windows 11, however Microsoft says that different apps will have the ability to add help for the function if they need.
  • A tweaked Your Phone app: A “coming quickly” toggle within the Your Phone app reveals off a tweaked UI that we first glimpsed again in September. The replace does not actually change the performance of the app, but it surely provides a nifty persistent column for notifications. Unfortunately, the app does not embody many practical upgrades—like some type of iPhone help or the power to open apps or mirror your cellphone’s display screen on a greater diversity of non-Samsung, non-Microsoft Android telephones.


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