Microsoft has unveiled its latest update for Windows 11, named ‘Moment 4,’ which introduces an array of new features to the operating system. Boasting more than 150 changes, the focus of this update is on Artificial Intelligence (AI), integrating it into various applications like Paint, ClipChamp, and Snipping Tool. However, the real show-stealer is Microsoft Copilot, a new AI-powered assistant.
Getting the Update
To get the Moment 4 update, you’ll first need to enable the ‘Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available’ setting in Windows Update in Settings. Once enabled, click on ‘Check for updates’ to receive either a new Windows Configuration update or the KB5030310 preview update.
Microsoft Copilot: The New AI Assistant
Copilot serves as an AI-powered assistant that is directly integrated into Windows 11. It takes over from Cortana and offers a wide range of functionalities, from altering system settings to scheduling appointments. Copilot even offers help in composing emails, making it a versatile addition to your digital life.
AI-Powered Paint and More
Microsoft Paint has undergone a significant transformation, now featuring a new AI-driven background remover tool and a ‘Cocreator’ function that generates images based on text descriptions. The software also introduces layers and transparency, making it a comprehensive image editing tool.
Snipping Tool’s OCR Features
The Snipping Tool now comes with Optical Character Recognition (OCR), which allows users to copy and redact text directly from screenshots. This added functionality enhances the utility of this already popular tool.
ClipChamp Gets Smarter
ClipChamp, the video editing tool, now leverages AI to automatically create videos based on the photos and videos you upload. “Simply upload your photos and videos, pick a video style and let our AI create a professional-looking video,” explains Microsoft.
Taskbar and Security Enhancements
The highly requested ‘Never Combine’ taskbar feature has been incorporated, which displays all running instances of an application in the taskbar. On the security front, Microsoft has introduced support for passkeys, which allows secure logging into websites without the need for passwords.
Backup and File Management
A new Windows Backup application enables you to back up your data and settings to OneDrive. Additionally, the Windows 11 File Explorer now features a Gallery view for easier photo access.
For developers, this update brings features like Dev Home and Dev Drive. Dev Home enables a quick setup for developer environments, while Dev Drive offers a new storage volume designed for performance and security.
Outlook and Other Updates
The new Microsoft Outlook app aims to replace the existing Mail and Calendar applications by the end of the year. It features a modern interface with new AI functionalities to help organize your inbox.
Wrapping Up: What’s Next?
While this update is a part of Microsoft’s new “continuous innovation” strategy, it’s worth mentioning that if you choose not to install it today, these features will become available in the October optional preview update and eventually to all users in November 2023.
With Microsoft pushing the boundaries with AI and other advanced features, Windows 11 is shaping up to be a robust and intelligent operating system, making it more efficient and user-friendly than ever before.