Windows 11 24H2, what new features are worth looking forward to?

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Microsoft is currently developing the next major version of the Windows operating system , which is expected to be released later this year as Windows 11 2024 Update (also known as “Version 24H2”). Unlike last year’s 23H2 release, the 24H2 release is expected to be a larger operating system update based on a new version of the Windows platform, bringing performance and security improvements, as well as significant new features and quality of life updates.

Additionally, the 24H2 release is expected to focus on next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) experiences, something Microsoft has been teasing for the past year.

Windows 11 24H2, what new features are worth looking forward to?

The update is also expected to be the first to support Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon X-series system-on-a-chip (SoC), which rivals Apple’s Silicon chips in terms of performance and efficiency. Many of the first PCs powered by Qualcomm’s new Arm PC chips will start shipping in June, with version 24H2 pre-installed.

Microsoft is currently testing many of the features that will make up the next release in the Insider Canary and Dev channels, so it already knows about some of the new features that are coming.

Copilot    

Windows 11 24H2, what new features are worth looking forward to?

Microsoft plans to provide more updates for Copilot for Windows in version 24H2, starting with moving the Copilot button to the far right corner of the taskbar. This should make it easier to access, as users can easily move the cursor to a corner to open the Copilot interface.

Windows Copilot now also understands the following commands:

  • Ask about available wireless networks.
  • Ask for system or device information.
  • Ask for battery information.
  • Request to clean up storage.
  • Request to empty the Recycle Bin.
  • Request to switch battery saver.
  • Request a display to start the application.
  • Request your IP address.
  • Request system, device, or storage information.
  • Request to open Narrator.
  • Request to turn on voice access.    
  • Ask to open the magnifying glass.
  • Requests a text size change.
  • Request to start live subtitles.
  • Request to turn on high contrast.
  • Request to start voice input.

file explorer

Windows 11 24H2, what new features are worth looking forward to?

File Explorer in 24H2 provides the ability to create 7zip and TAR compressed archives, in addition to ZIP files. Version 23H2 added the ability to extract these archives, but not create them. Microsoft also said it has improved File Explorer’s performance when opening large ZIP files.

Additionally, PNG files now support viewing and editing metadata. This means users can now set star ratings, edit PNG file descriptions, and add keywords in the properties dialog.

Quick Setup    

Windows 11 24H2, what new features are worth looking forward to?

The Quick Settings interface is now paginated, meaning you can scroll through all the Quick Settings available on your PC, rather than being placed there manually by the user. You can still customize the placement of settings by clicking and dragging them.

The Wi-Fi list in the quick settings panel has also been updated, adding a new refresh button that will refresh the Wi-Fi list when pressed.

Live subtitles have also been promoted to the top level of the quick settings interface, allowing you to easily enable the feature with a single click.

Mobile link    

Windows 11 24H2, what new features are worth looking forward to?

The 24H2 update brings several improvements to the Mobile Link feature between Windows and Android devices. There’s a new “Manage Mobile Devices” app that lets you link your phone to your PC outside of the Phone Link app for basic features like photo notifications, and setting your phone up as your PC’s webcam. The Phone Link app is still here and will remain the best way to sync text messages and notifications between your phone and PC.

speech clarity    

Windows 11 24H2, what new features are worth looking forward to?

Microsoft is introducing Speech Clarity, an AI-powered microphone enhancement feature that removes background noise during calls or recordings. The feature was previously limited to Surface PCs with NPU hardware, but will be rolled out to all supported Windows 11 PCs starting with version 24H2, without the need for a dedicated NPU chip.

Energy saving

Windows 11 24H2, what new features are worth looking forward to?

Version 24H2 introduces a new “power saver” mode for PCs with and without batteries.    

The new energy-saving mode will reduce your PC’s energy consumption by reducing system performance. This should help extend laptop battery life and reduce desktop PC power.

When enabled, desktop PCs will even see an energy saver icon in the system tray, similar to the battery life indicator on laptops, just without the battery percentage.

Sudo

Windows 11 24H2, what new features are worth looking forward to?

Version 24H2 of Windows 11 introduces support for Sudo (Superuser Execution), a command-line tool that first became popular on Linux . Sudo for Windows allows users to run elevated processes via the command line and provides a number of different configuration options:

– Open in new window: A new window will be opened in which to run the elevated command.

– Input disabled: Elevated commands will run inline in the window that triggered the elevation, and their standard input (stdin) will be closed. You will not be able to interact with elevated processes.

– Inline: Commands that elevate privileges will run inline in the window that triggered the privilege elevation. This mode is most similar to the sudo experience on other platforms.

The new Windows Sudo feature will be turned off by default for security reasons, but users can easily enable it in the Settings app if they plan to use it.    

Microsoft Teams

Windows 11 24H2, what new features are worth looking forward to?

This update introduces a unified Teams experience that integrates Teams for work and personal Teams clients. This means that starting with version 24H2, users will be able to use the built-in Teams client to message friends and family, as well as attend work meetings and communicate with colleagues.

Users can seamlessly switch between work and personal accounts within the app, and notifications will now be recognized when they arrive so you know which account they came from.

Other updates

Microsoft removes some built-in Windows applications from operating system images. Starting with this version, Cortana, Mail, Calendar, Maps, People, and Movies & TV will no longer be installed by default. WordPad will also be removed in a future update.

Version 24H2 will be the first to support USB 80Gbps speeds, a major version update to the USB4 standard that will be found on new hardware launching this year.

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