Windows 11 now supports the Bluetooth LE protocol, which allows users to connect to devices wirelessly while consuming less battery power. During Tuesday’s Build conference, Microsoft announced that it had rolled out support for the standard in collaboration with Samsung and Intel. In consumer devices, Bluetooth LE is mainly used in portable electronics and wireless headphones.
The energy-efficient Bluetooth LE standard uses the LC3 audio codec, which supports multi-streaming, i.e. the ability to stream audio to multiple devices at the same time. It also offers significant improvements when used with hearing aids, as they use significantly less power when used all day.
Microsoft also said that in addition to Bluetooth LE support, the upcoming Windows 11 update will bring support for 10 more languages for “live subtitles,” a feature that automatically converts speech to text in real time. These include Chinese, Danish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and minor knowledge of English.
The widget bar in Windows 11 also gets a small update. The default view now has a larger layout with dedicated space for pinned apps and the personalized ribbon created by Windows. The new VPN shield icon appears over the Internet connection icon in the system tray when connected to a virtual private network (VPN).
Another small update includes a new privacy setting for presence detection that automatically locks the screen when the user walks away from the device and unlocks it when they come back. With new settings, you can now control which applications can access occupancy sensor information and easily enable or disable specific occupancy detection features.