Windows 11 updates: Android apps, taskbar, editor and media player

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Microsoft has released the first major update for Windows 11. This so-called feature update allows you to use Android apps from the Amazon app store, but only in the US for now. In addition, the taskbar, media player and text editor have been redesigned. Microsoft promises to now release continuous updates of this type instead of waiting for fixed feature updates twice a year.

Android apps on Windows 11 are still part of Microsoft’s public preview program and are limited to apps from the Amazon app store and to users in the US. Microsoft promises in its own blogto expand the availability of the Amazon app store later this year.

Using Android apps on Windows 11 requires higher system requirements than the operating system itself. in accordance with Ars Technique Requires modern 8th generation Intel Core i3 or AMD Ryzen 3000 processors, SSD instead of mechanical hard drive, at least eight GB of RAM, and support for virtualization. Amazon and Microsoft use “Windows Subsystem for Android” for Android applications, a further development of the previous “Windows Subsystem for Linux” (WSL). Previously, Android apps on Windows 11 could only be tried out through the Microsoft Insider program, also only in the US.

Microsoft also expanded the taskbar with the February update. In the left corner there are now weather reports that automatically open when you hover over them with the mouse. If the taskbar is left-aligned and no longer centered, the weather symbol appears on the right. When multiple monitors are connected, the taskbar now displays the date and time on all of them.

In addition, Microsoft is making video telephony easier. An icon appears on the taskbar to quickly turn the microphone on and off. You can share your screen in a team meeting by simply clicking the app you want to share on the taskbar.

According to Microsoft, the built-in text editor received an improved search feature in the February update, supports night mode, and offers layered undo and redo. The new media player replaces the previous Groove Music and Windows Media Player apps. It supports audio and video and is better adapted to Windows 11 in design.

Going forward, Microsoft is promising “continuous innovation” for Windows 11, after Windows 10 recently only received feature updates twice a year. This is a departure from Microsoft’s previous operating system update strategy.


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