- Windows 11 is set to introduce a number of new features this year aimed at improving user experience across various aspects of the operating system.
- While these features are still being developed, it’s possible that Microsoft may choose not to release new features after testing them with users.
- New Windows 11 features will offer many conveniences, but some features will not be available to every user immediately.
Windows 11 is set to introduce a number of new features this year aimed at improving user experience across various aspects of the operating system. While these features are still being developed, it is also possible that Microsoft may choose not to release new features after testing them with users. That’s why it’s important to share feedback with Microsoft through the Feedback Hub.
What awaits Windows 11 users this year?
Notepad with artificial intelligence
Microsoft is preparing to change the traditional Notepad experience in Windows 11 with its innovative artificial intelligence feature called “CoWriter”. This groundbreaking integration brings AI directly to the classic text editor, giving users a wide range of intelligent editing tools.
CoWriter will have drop-down menus that include “Length,” “Tone,” “Format,” and “Instructions.” This will provide a high level of customization proposition, allowing the AI to modify the text according to the user’s specific needs.
Another notable feature is the “Replace” button, which indicates that the artificial intelligence can suggest alternatives or changes to the selected text. In the new artificial intelligence notebook developed, artificial intelligence seems to be sensitive to context and can offer suggestions regarding the content of the document.
USB 80Gbps support
The upcoming Windows 11 update will initially support the latest USB 80Gbps standard, which is available on select devices such as the Razer Blade 18 powered by Intel Core 14th Gen HX series mobile processors. “USB 80Gbps support will initially be available on select devices based on Intel Core 14th Gen HX series mobile processors, such as the new Razer Blade 18,” the Windows Insider Program Team said in a statement this week. “USB 80Gbps support is fully backwards compatible with previous generation USB and Thunderbolt peripherals and will work with all other USB Type-C specifications.” said. This major update to the USB4 standard will double performance from 40Gbps to 80Gbps, paving the way for high-performance displays, storage and connectivity options. Additionally, existing devices can continue to be used as USB 80Gbp support maintains backward compatibility with older USB and Thunderbolt devices.
Copilot can be started automatically in Windows 11
Microsoft is also testing a new feature for Windows 11 Dev Insiders where Copilot will automatically open on widescreen devices at startup. If you do not want to use this new feature, you can also disable it. You can disable this feature by going to Settings > Personalization > Copilot. It should be reminded that this feature is currently being tested on devices with a screen size of at least 27 inches and a width of 1,920 pixels and it may not be available to all users.
Improved sharing options
Microsoft Edge and other browsers will now be able to take advantage of the “Windows sharing window” to share URLs directly to platforms such as WhatsApp, Gmail, X, Facebook and LinkedIn. Edge will be accessed by clicking on the share icon in the toolbar as shown below.
Lock screen weather updates
A richer, interactive weather experience will come to the lock screen, allowing users to quickly check the weather even if their screen is locked. The feature allows Windows 11 users to hover over the weather card for detailed information and click on the screen to view the full weather forecast in MSN Weather via Microsoft Edge.
This feature will be available starting with English-speaking users in the US.
Voice access improvements
Windows 11’s voice access feature has also been significantly improved this year, including multi-screen functionality along with expanded language support (French, German, Spanish). Users will now be able to use voice commands for easier navigation and control across multiple screens. In addition, special voice commands will be available for English users, allowing personalized voice shortcuts for various actions.
Compiled by: Fatma Ebrar Tuncel