Microsoft is rolling out its first update for Windows 11 in 2022. While most updates are in preview because the company is committed to an annual update schedule, native apps are different. So, at the moment Microsoft is making crucial updates to Windows 11 native apps. That includes Notepad reaching preview, while Photos and Media Player are reaching all users.

Microsoft now updates Photos – and some other Windows apps – individually. This means those apps receive updates whenever a new feature is ready, instead of waiting for the wider Windows 11 update. It also means all Windows users get the update instead of just previews on the Insider Program.

For the latest updates, Microsoft is introducing the new Windows 11 Notepad app. Currently the app is locked in beta preview for anyone running Windows 11 Build 22000 or newer. Among the new features heading to the popular app on Windows are flow design elements to fit into Windows 11, dark mode, and a new settings page.


Despite the Flow design elements like rounded corners, Notepad still has the wider Fluent Design aesthetic. Regarding the new settings page, here users can change the font of OneNote, the theme, and change app settings.

Of course, the big change is that OneNote now becomes a Microsoft Store app, which allows for those on-the-movie updates.

Photos App

Alongside the OneNote release, Microsoft is making the Photos app available to all Windows 11 users. As we reported last week, the new app comes with several new features to make it a more robust editing suite.

the new update makes a few interesting editing upgrades, such as placing the cropping tool below the image for easier access. Furthermore, users can select which aspect ratio they want to crop to. Also in cropping, it is now possible to adjust the cropping area without losing resolution.

Microsoft has also finished the move from Groove Music to the new Windows Media Player, a switch we reported on in November. This change is now going live for all Windows users.

Tip of the day: Windows now has a package manager similar to Linux called “Winget”. In our tutorial, we show you how to install and use this new tool that allows the quick installation of apps via PowerShell or a GUI.