Microsoft announces next big Windows 11 update and announces new features


Windows 11’s next big update is coming later this year, and Microsoft plans to talk about hybrid work and its new operating system on April 5. Product Manager Panos Panay will be there to talk about Windows 11 for commercial customers and how Microsoft is helping hybrid work scenarios.

The event is called “Windows Powers the Future of Hybrid Work” and it’s an enterprise-focused event, so you can expect to hear something about Microsoft Teams, Windows 365, Cloud PC, and similar services. Meanwhile, Microsoft is also expected to announce new consumer-centric features at the event.

Microsoft is expected to provide demos of new Windows 11 features aimed at professionals and highlight major improvements coming to Windows and Microsoft 365 this year.

As you probably know, Windows 11 was touted as an operating system for hybrid work and learning. In fact, Microsoft officials said the company wants to modernize the overall user interface while offering advanced features to make users more productive.

What to expect from the event

While Microsoft’s event is all about hybrid working, the company still plans to discuss Windows 11 for business customers, with Panos Panay set to take the stage and talk about the future of the desktop operating system.

Official announcement of the 22H2 version of Windows 11

Microsoft hasn’t officially announced the 22H2 build, but we know the company is testing it in the Insider Dev and Beta channels. The company could use the event to tease the features that come with the 22H2 release.

The upcoming update includes new touch gestures, task manager, and improvements to Settings, Start Menu, Action Center, and other under-the-hood improvements around the taskbar like drag-and-drop.

Smart clipboard and smart actions

One of the new features would be smart clipboard and actions. As the name suggests, Smart Clipboard will help users to perform some work-related tasks easily.

For example, if you copy an email address with smart clipboard enabled, you will be able to perform a “smart action” or suggested action where you will be asked to complete a task in the Outlook application.

Speaking of the Outlook app, Microsoft has been working on the One Outlook app (redesigned Outlook Web) for some time.

Outlook for Windows 11

This application will be web-based and will replace all Outlook desktop clients on Windows and macOS.

Outlook One will also feature a new interface built on the web of Outlook and will support Windows 11 native features, such as Share menu, context menu, notification center, etc.


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