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Windows 11’s first major update is out, bringing Android apps, taskbar changes and more

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Today Microsoft releases its first major update for Windows 11which includes many new additions. Public Preview Apps Android for Windows 11 will be available today in the US, along with redesigned Notepad and Media Player apps. The first major update to Windows 11 will also include a number of improvements to the taskbar.

The public preview of Android apps on Windows 11 will allow users to install apps from the Amazon app store. This is a limited number of Android apps compared to the wider Google Play Store, but there are workarounds to get the Google Play Store unofficially launched on Windows 11.

The biggest change in this Windows 11 update has to do with the taskbar. The time and date will finally be available across multiple monitors in Windows 11, which was not the case at launch. This update also brings the weather widget back to the taskbar, and a new taskbar mute/unmute feature will be available for Microsoft Teams calls. You can also quickly share the screen of a specific application or window from the taskbar directly during a Microsoft Teams call.

Microsoft has also redesigned the Media Player and Notepad apps for Windows 11. Notepad now includes multi-step undo, an improved search interface, and dark mode support. The new Media Player app is designed to replace Groove Music and Windows Media Player and includes support for both audio and video, as well as a design that better matches Windows 11’s user interface improvements.

Even though Microsoft recently moved to an annual feature update for both Windows 10 and Windows 11, this first major Windows 11 update won’t be the only one this year. Instead, Microsoft will add new features to Windows 11 more frequently.

“Over time, we will release new features in Windows 11 to end users more frequently in addition to our annual update,” said Panos Panay, head of Windows and devices. “We will use the various update mechanisms we have in place, including maintenance and Microsoft Store updates. Our goal is to constantly innovate, bringing you the best experience all year round.”

Microsoft plans to test new experimental Windows 11 features with users throughout 2022, and secret features like wallpaper stickers and tablet mode updates are already being tested.

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