Today Microsoft have announced the next feature update to Windows 11. The update also known as Moment 2 update has been in test for Windows Insiders for the last few months and includes new tablet features, updated search UI, improved Task Manager and an updated apps like the snipping tool which now has screen recording and Notepad with tabs.
The update is small and just requires quick reboot to apply it. It will ship via Windows Update and the apps will update via the Microsoft Store.
Here are my favourite features of the Windows 11 feature update:
Notepad with Tabs
Notepad now has tabs just like other apps like File Explorer and Terminal.
Screen recording from Snipping Tool
See my video on how to record your screen with the updated Snipping tool.
Tablet Optimized taskbar
For users of tablets Windows 11 now has a tablet optimized taskbar. When you use Windows 11 on a touch device without a keyboard the taskbar automatically collapses and then you can swipe up to bring up a larger, finger friendly task bar with larger icons. When you select an app the task bar automatically collapses again.
New search UI
The search button has been replaced with a search box you can type directly into. In settings you can change between this new mode or back to the icon.
Updates to the notification area
The notification area has been updated with rounded corners and an improved Windows 11 look.
Task Manager has a few improvements. You can now search or filter on the application name, publisher or PID of a task which should make it easier for you to find the task you are looking for. The update also adds support for dark and light mode.
Energy consumption recommendations
Windows 11 now has energy consumption recommendations. The OS will recommend setting changes to reduce energy consumption and then apply the changes if you want them.
There is an updated Narrator with more voices and additional controls. Also, there is enhanced support for braille devices.
How to get the Windows 11 March 2023 Update
Getting the update is just a case of waiting for Microsoft to release the update and it will come down via Windows Update. The update is small and just requires a quick reboot to apply the changes.
Let me know your thoughts on the changes to the OS in the comments.
Video: What’s new in the Windows 11 March 2023 Feature Update