Windows 11 2022 update live blog: This is everything you need to know

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Hi there, TechRadar US Editor in Chief Lance Ulanoff here, picking up with Daryl Baxter left off.

There’s a lot to digest in this Windows 11 update, but I find myself focusing on the minutia.

For example, Microsoft says that the latest Windows offers enhancements to Snap layouts that should make you more productive. I often use these tools to manage as many as six windows across two screens but have found some of the controls less than intuitive. I’m hopeful that these updates will make them, as Microsoft promises, more versatile, but also easier to use.

However, what really intrigues me is the promise of Snap Layouts within the Microsoft Edge browser.

You see, I’m an “Edgey” (yes, I just made that up), which means I use Microsoft Edge as my default browser. It’s better, faster, and lighter than Chrome. It also has cool tools like Collections and vertical tabs. Now, with Windows 11, it has Snap Layouts. That could be a real game changer, especially with the number of tabs I manage and how often I need to reference multiple web pages at once.

Mario waves goodbye

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Looks like the Windows 11 2022 update hype is calming down for its first day, and so I’m signing off.

If you’d like to get in touch about anything you’ve found about the new update so far, my contact details are here.

Farewell!

Windows 11's new Task Manager

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We came across a redesigned Task Manager in a previous Insider build, and it’s finally arrived in the new update.

Alongside dark mode, you can create crash logs to further look into why an app crashed, and there’s a new ‘Efficiency Mode’, which can limit how apps use your PC in memory and processor usage to better control your laptop’s battery life for example.

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Our friends over at TechRadar Pro have highlighted the security features for this new update, spanning areas such as identitypatch managementmalware protection and more.

A big new feature is called Smart App Control, a new AI-enabled system that can stop users from running malicious applications in Windows 11.

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If you’ve been waiting for a calibration app for your HDR monitor, then the wait is over.

A tweet announces the availability of one, where you can easily configure how best the image will look on your monitor when you’re watching content or playing games.

Android apps in Windows 11

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Another write-up from Darren, where Microsoft has announced that Android apps are faster in this 2022 update.

Apps now launch ‘two to three times faster performance in terms of graphics, and better input for touch controls, plus mouse and keyboard for that matter’.

There’s also greater availability for this feature, with it coming to Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK.

Windows 11 Controller bar in 2022 update

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One of our fantastic freelancers Darren Allan has written up a great new feature in the update – a Controller Bar.

Allan describes this as a way of launching a game by pressing the ‘Xbox’ button on an Xbox Controller, making it easier to get to your games much more quickly than before.

There’s also greater support for Auto HDR, and if you’re not sure what that is, we’ve put together a handy guide all about it.

Windows 11 2022 update available

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And like clockwork, the update shows as available on my Gaming PC.

Windows had to install another update first, and after a restart and going back to Windows Update in Settings, the 22H2 update suddenly appeared.

And yes, that is Tomb Raider 2 (opens in new tab) in the background, arguably one of the greatest games of all time.

Windows 11 start menu

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If you’re struggling to see the new update on your PC in Windows Update, we’ve created a guide to help try and push the process along.

File Explorer with tabs in Windows 11 2022 update

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While the update isn’t showing on my Gaming PC just yet, I’ve had the Insider program enabled for it, so tabs in File Explorer has been something I’ve been using for weeks. Microsoft tells us that the feature is launching next month.

Without sounding dramatic like a soap show (opens in new tab) on TV, this one feature has changed how I manage files and content on my PC, and it’s been a long time coming.

Windows 11 Live Captions in 2022 update

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A big feature of the new update (opens in new tab) is better Accessibility options. Live Captions can finally be used across the operating system, from Teams calls to when you play a video.

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We are live with the first major update to Windows 11 since its release last year. But is it showing for you?

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