During its Build 2023 Conference, Microsoft has officially announced the release of the Windows 11 “Moment 3” update, set to launch on May 24, 2023. After undergoing testing in the Windows Insider program, this feature drop is ready for the public.
The latest update for Windows 11, although lacking an official name, has been dubbed “Moment 3”. While it may not be the most significant update to date, it still brings several notable changes and new features. Let's take a closer look at what you can expect:
Taskbar and notification improvements: The update introduces a new VPN indicator and a convenient button for copying two-factor authentication (2FA) codes directly from notifications.
Live Kernel Memory Dump in Task Manager: This feature enhances system troubleshooting capabilities by providing access to live kernel memory dumps within the Task Manager.
Content Adaptive Brightness Control (CABC) improvements: Designed to extend battery life on laptops and tablets, CABC enhancements optimize the adaptive brightness control feature.
Multitasking improvements: Users can now display more tabs from the Microsoft Edge browser when utilizing the Alt + Tab shortcut, enabling better multitasking efficiency.
Changes to screenshot functionality: Windows 11 “Moment 3” brings intriguing alterations to one of the oldest methods of capturing screenshots, although specifics were not mentioned.
Accessibility improvements: The update focuses on making the operating system more convenient and accessible for individuals with physical limitations.
Multiple fixes and minor changes: Various bug fixes and minor adjustments have been implemented across the operating system, enhancing overall stability and performance.
Microsoft has already published an extensive summary of the Windows 11 “Moment 3” Update, providing users with in-depth information about the new features and changes. The update will be initially released as an optional update, requiring users to navigate to Settings > Windows Update and manually check for available updates before installing it. While being available as an optional update on May 24, Microsoft will push the “Moment 3” update to all customers on June 13, 2023.
In addition to the “Moment 3” update, Microsoft has also unveiled several features scheduled for release in the second half of the year with Windows 11 Version 23H2. These features include native RGB controls, an ungrouped taskbar with labels, improved app backup and restore functionalities, and more.
Microsoft's commitment to continuous innovation is evident, with Windows 11 being praised for its transformative experiences and record engagement. Over 90% of Fortune 500 companies have already trialed or deployed Windows 11, emphasizing its positive reception in the business sector.
The official announcement highlights various features and enhancements that cater to both business needs, such as security and IT management, and personal usability improvements. Privacy, security, and accessibility take center stage with new app privacy settings, glanceable VPN status on the taskbar, and the inclusion of Microsoft Pluton, a built-in security processor for enhanced protection against malware and hardware attacks.
Windows 11 also introduces expanded language support for live captions and introduces Bluetooth Low Energy Audio, bringing high-quality audio at low power consumption for compatible devices.
Furthermore, the update enhances productivity with improved widget functionality, allowing users to stay informed and access personalized feeds with ease.
Microsoft aims to simplify IT for Windows Enterprise customers, introducing new cloud-powered capabilities that reduce the cost of managing and securing corporate devices. Notable features include secure release with QR code for Android through Universal Print, organizational messages for improved communication within hybrid workplaces, and Windows Autopatch, which streamlines Windows and Microsoft 365 update management.