The latest Windows updates focus on the needs you’ve expressed to us as we all continue to navigate the world of remote work more securely and with confidence.

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Note: Features and app availability may vary by region. Some features may differ for students using Windows 11 SE. Learn more

All the apps you need

Microsoft Store in Windows 11

Find the apps, games, and shows you want, fast, in the Microsoft Store app, including your favorite mobile apps that now work on your PC. Plus, search multiple streaming services at once to find movies and shows.

Open Microsoft Store

Note: Some features may differ for students using Windows 11 SE. Learn more

Connect with anyone from the taskbar

Chat in Windows 11

Select Chat on the taskbar to start a call or chat with someone. If they're on iOS, Android, or Mac, it's easy to send a link so they can join in (select Meet > Copy meeting link).

Everything you care about, one swipe away

The Widgets board in Windows 11

Swipe from left to right or select Widgets from the taskbar to stay up to date on your favorite info.

Quickly organize open apps

Snap layouts in Windows 11

Hover over a window's maximize button or press Windows logo key + Z, then choose a snap layout to optimize your screen space and your productivity.

Start at the center

Start in Windows 11

Select Start on the taskbar to get to your favorite apps, recent files, and a powerful search box for finding anything.

Personalize for creativity and productivity

6 different Windows 11 themes

Windows 11 has options for backgrounds, themes, and desktops to keep you inspired, and ways to customize for your own unique workflow to help you be more productive.

Manage themes

A beautiful, easy-to-use Settings app

The System page in the Windows 11 Settings app

The Settings app is easier to use, with a new navigation design and common controls at the top of key pages, so changing settings is faster and easier.

Open Settings

Get things done like a pro with snap groups

Hovering over the Windows 11 taskbar to preview snap groups

When working on a specific task, snap two or more open apps or windows to create a snap group. When you want to get back to the snap group later, hover over one of your open apps in the taskbar to find it. 

Windows 10, version 21H2 will have a scoped set of features focused on productivity and security.

  • Enjoy WPA3 H2E standards support for enhanced Wi-Fi security

  • Get GPU compute support in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows (EFLOW) deployments for machine learning and other compute intensive workflows

Use an external camera as the default for Windows Hello

Start screen with Windows Hello greeting

For those using a Windows-Hello-compatible external camera with a PC that already has a built-in camera, Windows automatically uses that external camera as the default for Windows Hello.

Open documents faster yet securely

Windows Security home page

We’ve brought improvements to Windows Defender Application Guard so that your documents open faster, while still checking for possible security concerns. Windows Defender Application Guard helps prevent untrusted Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files from accessing your company’s trusted resources.

Learn more about this update

If you’d like to see all the details of this latest update and learn a little more about how we deliver updates to you, check out the Windows blog.

Choose your favorite color mode

The Color page in Windows Settings shown in Dark mode.

Make your apps and app tiles stand out with Light or Dark mode.

Keep tabs on your website tabs

A preview of two webpages for a site that's been pinned to the taskbar.

When you’re on a frequently used website and have a lot of tabs open, pin that site to your taskbar. Then, just hover over the pin to see a preview of all the open tabs. 

Quickly jump between open web pages with Alt + Tab 

Using Alt + Tab to toggle through open webpages in Microsoft Edge.

Select the Alt key and tap Tab to toggle through all the apps and items you have open, including website tabs in Microsoft Edge.    

Go passwordless with Microsoft accounts on your device

The option to Require Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts turned on in Windows Settings

Keep your device even more secure by removing passwords when signing into Windows with Microsoft accounts on your device.  

Have Magnifier read text aloud

Magnifier reading text aloud

Magnifier, the screen-magnifying feature that comes with Windows 10, can also read text aloud.  

Make your text cursor easier to find 

Text cursor indicator settings including size and color

The text cursor indicator adds a splash of color to your text cursor, making it easier to find in a sea of text.  

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