Microsoft has announced today that it plans to start shipping a handful of new updates and experiences for Windows 11 customers next month, including taskbar improvements, new Notepad and Media Player experiences, and even a public preview of the Android app support feature of Windows 11. All of these improvements are already available for testing in the Insider Program dev channel, which means that next month these features will be generally available to all users running Windows 11.
The news was revealed by product manager, Panos Panay:
Next month, we’ll be bringing new experiences to Windows that include a public preview of how you can use Android apps on Windows 11 through the Microsoft Store and our partnerships with Amazon and Intel, taskbar improvements with the disabling and disabling calls, a taskbar sharing and weather setting, as well as the introduction of two new redesigned apps, Notepad and Media Player.
This news also confirms that Microsoft is ready to deliver new features and improvements on Windows 11 outside of major feature updates. The next major Windows 11 feature update (known as version 22H2) is currently in development and is not expected to ship until the second half of this year. So it’s good to see that Microsoft is ready to bring some of these new features to users running the production version of Windows 11 sooner.
So, to recap, here’s everything that will be made available on the Windows 11 shipping version next month:
- A public preview of how you can use Android apps on Windows 11 through the Microsoft Store.
- Taskbar improvements with mute and unmute call.
- Easier window sharing.
- Bring the weather to the taskbar.
- Introducing two new redesigned apps, Notepad and Media Player.
Microsoft did not provide a date for the release of these updates next month. We will keep you informed of news regarding availability. In the meantime, Microsoft has also announced that Windows 11 is entering its final stage of rollout, which means almost everyone who is eligible for the free Windows 11 update has been offered this update.