Throughout the life of Windows 10, Microsoft has offered major feature updates in the spring and fall. With Windows 11 we expected them to return to one update a year. But all betting stops after the release on Tuesday of several new “experiments”. Microsoft will release new features of Windows 11 if and when it wants.
Officially, the first update of Windows 11 features from Microsoft in 2022 is just a collection of “experiences”, according to product director Panas Panay. These include changes to the Windows 11 taskbar, new media player and notepad updates, and the first introduction of Android apps for Windows 11 PCs.
Microsoft has decided to deliver these updates in a variety of ways. Two apps were updated through the Microsoft Store, while taskbar updates and Android apps were delivered in a cumulative update for Windows 11. Microsoft also quietly launched a new feature last week that adds subscription information to the Windows 11 settings menu through the collection. experience packages ”.
Then we know that Microsoft will not count on one channel to deliver updates to your PC. But Microsoft is also not taken at once.
“As today’s release shows, we aim to provide an experience in Windows 11 that enriches and inspires people’s lives,” Panay wrote. “Over time, you’ll find that we’re increasingly releasing new features in Windows 11 for end users in addition to our annual update. We will use the various update mechanisms we have, including maintenance and upgrades to the Microsoft Store. Our goal is to provide continuous innovation, giving you the best experience all year round. ”
“All year.” For those of you who like to leave Microsoft alone, this is a little troubling. (The subtle implication is that people who prefer stability should be on Windows 10.) But for people who like a lot of new features, Windows 11 sounds like an operating system that Microsoft intends to constantly, consistently update – and not only Windows Insider also has beta feeds.
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If we look at the language of Panay as a guide, there is even more ahead. “We will continue to listen to your feedback and make new impressions in Windows 11,” said Panai. “As we reported earlier this month, we will be using an incredible community of Windows insiders to come up with new ideas and focus more on testing different concepts with our features and services.”
Here is one possible interpretation of this subtext: Microsoft will continue to use Insider to test new “concepts” that may never see the light of day. This is the traditional Insider Dev Channel role. But with different teams working on different programs and services, and not limited to the need to release new features or fixes on a set schedule, it may also mean that new features may appear faster. There are obvious problems – corporate IT managers need to be pale because of the consequences that their operating environment can change abruptly – but consumers need to know that Microsoft is ready to try things and if it goes bad (e.g., skip the clock from the taskbar) that it can fix.
The early days of Windows 10 offered a dynamic, energetic user-developer interaction that quickly faded during the last few releases of Windows 10 features. We called Windows 11 unnecessary, and that’s still valid criticism. But you have to approve Microsoft, which is ready to make Windows 11 relevant again, both functionally and creatively. On Tuesday, Microsoft pledged to do just that – and often.
As a senior PCWorld editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other rhythms. He previously wrote for PCMag, BYTE, Slashdot, eWEEK and ReadWrite.