Microsoft made update KB5031455 available for download to all Windows 11 users via the Update Center this week. This means that anyone can download the Moment 4 update package and personally familiarize themselves with all the new features of the feature update. It includes support for the Copilot AI assistant, RAR, 7z, TAR and others archive formats, as well as improvements to the Start menu, volume mixer and other innovations.
The Moment 4 update brings many innovations and is the most extensive since the launch of Windows 11. First of all, it is worth mentioning the appearance of a preview version of the AI assistant Copilot, which makes the Microsoft software platform the first operating system that computers receive centralized support for technologies that based on neural networks. This version places particular emphasis on an integrated user interface. To start working with the AI assistant, simply click on the Copilot icon in the taskbar or launch it using the Win+C keyboard shortcut. Copilot appears in Windows as a sidebar on the right side of the workspace. It can be used to perform various actions in the operating system such as: Such as enabling dark theme, taking screenshots, etc. It can also answer user questions, generate texts based on hints, search for information on the Internet, etc.
Some changes have been made to the start menu. Hovering over files in the Recommendations section now displays more information. Users can also quickly share files stored in the cloud space, which appear in the Recommendations section. Soon, recommendations will be displayed based on the time of last interaction with them, file format and other parameters.
The update also brings an expanded volume mixer to the quick settings menu. This allows you to customize the sound for each individual application to suit your preferences. Users can also quickly switch audio devices at any time, and the volume mixer can be accessed using the Win+Ctrl+V keyboard shortcuts. The process of activating Windows Spatial Audio technology has become easier.
Other changes to the taskbar include the ability to hide the date and time, the ability to display application windows and their icon labels separately, and a new option to show notifications accompanied by a bell icon. When you use Do Not Disturb mode, you can now turn on the Get Notifications option so you don’t miss an urgent or important notification. A feature that automatically detects how often a user interacts with pop-up windows helps minimize distractions while working (if the system detects that the user is not interacting with pop-up windows, it can block them). You can now end the corresponding process by right-clicking on the application icon in the taskbar. You can now also diagnose network problems from the taskbar.
Moment 4 brings a modernized Explorer. When using an Azure account, recommended files appear as a carousel in File Explorer. If necessary, this display option can be disabled and replaced with folders pinned to the menu. The address bar in Explorer has learned to recognize local and cloud folders. In addition, a new information panel has appeared, which can be accessed by pressing the Alt+Shift+P key combination. It helps you access the files you are interested in and related information about them. A directory has also been added to Explorer to quickly access a user’s photo collection. If you use the smartphone photo backup feature on OneDrive, photos you took with your mobile device will also appear here.
One of the long-awaited innovations was support for various types of archives. Now Windows 11 users can do without third-party applications to work with .rar, .7z, .tar, .tar.gz files, etc. Support for archive formats is implemented through the open libarchive project, so Windows may support other formats in the future, including LZH and XAR.
Sending files via email with Outlook just got easier. All the user needs to do is select the Outlook item in the Share section, after which the selected file can be sent to someone. A search bar has been added to the Share section to make it easier to find contacts. The developers have also improved Nearby Sharing and Wi-Fi Direct features for faster and more convenient file sharing.
Another new feature is the Windows Backup application, which can be used to create backups and transfer data to a new computer. When you switch to a new PC, apps from the Microsoft Store will be pinned to the same location they were on your old PC. System settings from the old device are also transferred to the new device without any changes.
The update brings support for Unicode Emoji 15 and you can use the corresponding panel to search and use new emojis. The COLRv1 color font format update allows Windows to display emojis in 3D in supported applications. Improved Spotlight application performance.
Moment 4 offers support for passkeys, a technology that allows you to abandon the use of standard passwords and replace them with one of the available authorization options. Users can use a PIN code, facial scan, or fingerprint to authorize through Windows Hello. The option of authorization in the system via smartphone or tablet is also supported. The developers have made many other improvements and fixes. The full list of what’s new can be found at Support page Microsoft.
A preview version of Moment 4 became available to Microsoft Insider members last month, but now all users of compatible devices can download the update to their computer. Moment 4 will be distributed automatically next month, so users who don’t want to install it themselves can simply wait. The size of KB5031455 is about 600 MB, after installation the version of the operating system used changes to Windows 11 22H2 (Build 22621.2506). Microsoft will likely release a small update later that changes the operating system version to Windows 23H2.