Microsoft has announced updates at its Build developer conference. These updates are coming to Windows 11, Microsoft Edge, and Teams, bringing new features. Here’s all you need to know about the new Microsoft product updates introduced at Build 2022.
Windows 11: What’s changing?
Windows Search: Microsoft will soon allow Windows 11 users to see Store apps directly from Windows Search in Windows 11. However, the feature will only be available to insiders early on and will help developers improve their apps\’ discoverability on the operating system.
The listings that users search for will get a new ‘Get from Store’ button below them, which will provide a one-touch solution to find and install apps without going to the Store.
Automatic restore: Further, Windows 11 is also bringing a new feature in that will let users restore their apps automatically when they move to a new PC or reset their own machines.
Ads on Microsoft Store: The Microsoft Store will now host ads for apps. Helping developers run their own campaigns for more visibility on their apps. These ads will begin appearing through a pilot based on Microsoft Advertising.
OneNote: Microsoft is bringing a visual refresh to OneNote, its note-taking application. Changes include modern visuals, AI capabilities to help with handwriting inputs, voice inputs, and even inputs directly taken from the device’s camera.
Win32 apps and widgets: Support for Win32 apps will also soon be open to all developers, and will help increase the number of Windows 11 apps available on the store. Developers will also now be able to make companion widgets for their apps that will run on the desktop to provide quick insights and a shortcut to various aspects of the app.
Microsoft Edge: What’s new?
Microsoft is bringing new features to its Edge browser and throwing in new features to make the platform more competitive against rivals like Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome.
The changes include the availability of WebView2 for WinUI 2 and Universal Windows Platform (UWP), which the company claims will offer 85% reduced render time, 33% lower CPU utilization, and 32% less memory utilization compared to Internet Explorer, which is set to be discontinued next month.
Microsoft is also enabling new APIs on Edge that will improve notifications on the browser. Improvements are also coming for PWAs or progressive web apps which will soon be able to display notifications similar to those of a native app. Users will also soon be able to use the share UI with these web apps and they will also be seen alongside native apps in the Microsoft Store.
The dedicated Apps page in Edge also gets a visual revamp, along with a new Apps Hub experience that enables app sync across devices in the Edge browser. Lastly, a new, simplified DevTools interface also brings a more compact Activity Bar that ads over 30 tools for developers.
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