In conjunction with Microsoft’s Future of Hybrid Work event, the company has introduced a number of new features for Windows 11.
As seen in Windows Explorer, tabs (called “Sets”) are on their way back to help you navigate the contents of your computer faster. Microsoft’s Context IQ technology will now appear more widely in Windows 11 and will make the “most relevant files” appear in connection with various searches. Context IQ already exists in Microsoft Dynamics where it is used to find relevant files and suggest contacts to share them with.
Users will also be able to select favorites in Windows Explorer that will end up in a new Favorites section that also shows where the content is on the computer or in the cloud. The explorer will also show what the latest changes have been, for example if a colleague has left a comment on something. A similar feature already exists today in Office.
During the event, Microsoft also confirmed that a “personal” Start menu will appear in a future Windows 11 update. It is unclear exactly how Context IQ will be used here but something that is clear is that Start folders will be a thing. These can be given their own names and contain four icons for quick access.
On the corporate side, there will be better remote control in Microsoft Enpoint Manager, which enables support to take over your PC and manage problems without you having to submit all the inspection and diagnosis.
For video conferencing, Windows 11 will have new video conferencing features in the form of automatic camera framing and the Eye Contact feature. It is already known that subtitles in real time are on the way. To make it easier to then avoid video conferencing, Windows 11 will also have a new focus timer and a do not disturb mode.
On the security side, we see password-free login, where Microsoft prompts users to run a combination of two-factor authentication instead of regular passwords. New pop-up messages that can be sent out by your potential IT department. Built-in phishing protection that can detect and warn if your account information is sent somewhere it should not be.
Microsoft Hypervisor-Protected Code Integrity (HVCI) will be available on more Windows 11 devices and can be used to secure drivers and prevent malware. Microsoft is also introducing Smart App Control for Windows, which can detect malicious apps and ensure that only secure processors can run. This is based on either a code certificate or an AI model for application trust in Microsoft’s clouds.
In other news, Snap View will at some point also be optimized for touch controls.
At present, there are no set dates for when the various features will be available in the standard version of Windows 11.
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