It became known that Microsoft has released the first major update for the Windows 11 operating system, which was released in autumn 2021. The update brings support for pre-release Android apps (available for US customers), a weather widget and support for showing the time and date on additional monitors for the taskbar, updated Notepad and media player apps, and other improvements .
The most anticipated innovation is support for running Android apps on Windows 11, which became available to members of the Microsoft Insider Program a while ago. To download mobile applications, it is recommended to use the Amazon Appstore, which can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store. Installing and running Android applications in Windows 11 is quite simple and does not require any special knowledge or additional steps from the user. That’s right, so far the function is only available to users from the USA.
At this time, there is a limited number of applications (less than 60) available for download, and there is also no option to install the Google Play Store. In the future, Microsoft promises to expand the possibilities related to installing and using Android applications in Windows 11. Note that already at the stage of testing this function, enthusiasts have found the possibility of installing mobile applications by downloading APK files, and this approach is also permissible installation of the Play Store.
Some changes concern the taskbar, one of the central elements of the Windows 11 user interface. First of all, we note the support for displaying the date and time on additional monitors, which was not yet available when the software platform was launched. You can also share a window in Teams directly from the taskbar. Added to this was support for the weather widget, familiar to Windows 10 users.
In terms of new apps, Notepad boasts a more modern design that better fits the overall style of Windows 11. There is also support for dark mode, which has become very popular in recent years and has already appeared in many other applications.
At the same time, the media player application replaces Groove Music and is used as the default tool for audio and video playback.
Microsoft is also known to be developing the next major update, codenamed Sun Valley 2. It is expected to bring more new features and bug fixes. According to reports, this update will be publicly available this fall.