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Windows 11 is testing support for USB4 2.0 and other innovations

This week, Microsoft announced the start of testing several new features for Windows 11. We’re talking about the use of an AI algorithm to filter noise during audio and video calls, as well as support for the USB4 2.0 standard, which allows data transfer speeds of up to 100% up to 80 Gbps and other useful features. The innovations appeared in Windows 11 build number 26040, which was recently available to Insiders on the Canary channel.

    Image source: Microsoft

Image source: Microsoft

Last year, Microsoft added an interesting feature to the Phone Link app. When Windows 11 detects that a user’s smartphone synchronized with the operating system has taken a photo, a corresponding notification will appear on the screen, clicking which you can immediately start editing the photo on your PC. Now the developers have transferred this feature from Phone Link to the Scissors application. To use it, you still have to synchronize your Android smartphone with Windows 11 and also activate the function in the OS settings.

Another new addition is the introduction of Voice Clarity, previously available to Surface Laptop Studio laptop owners, which uses a low-level noise filtering AI algorithm to ensure high quality sound in audio and video calls. Microsoft has now announced that the feature is available to all apps that use the operating system’s built-in microphone audio features, such as WhatsApp. This is essentially a covert enhancement to third-party apps running on Windows that is intended to significantly improve their ability to filter out background noise and enhance the user’s voice.

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced plans to implement support for the USB4 2.0 standard in Windows 11, allowing the operating system to take full advantage of ultra-fast USB devices. Support for the USB4 2.0 standard means data transfer speeds of up to 80Gbps, which is twice the performance of USB4.

The tool to access shared files and folders in the said build received support for more applications including WhatsApp, Gmail, X, Facebook etc. In addition, Explorer now supports more compression formats. Last year, Microsoft added support for 7ZIP and TAR formats in Windows 11. Now GZIP, BZIP2 and several variants of TAR have been added to them, differing from each other in compression algorithms.

Also in the new version of Windows 11, the developers have moved the Copilot AI assistant shortcut to the right side of the taskbar to make it easier for users to interact with this tool.

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Robbie Elmers

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