Microsoft’s AI infused update is now rolling out for the masses. The update started rolling out last Tuesday and is the lastest next major feature update for Windows 11. It is bundled as part of the October’s security release for all Windows 11 users.
This update (known as Moment 4 update) is far more than security updates and includes lots of improvements and big new features to take advantage of that include a new File Explorer design, Copilot for Windows (a new AI assistant). There are also lots of improvements to the Taskbar, and notable in-box app updates as well including notepad and paint.
Here’s a quick rundown of the key new things and changes.
Major AI related stuff
- Windows Copilot (incorporating Bing Chat)
- AI-powered file recommendations in both File Explorer and Start
- A new AI Hub for “AI-powered apps” in the Microsoft Store
Changes to desktop and taskbar
- A new File Explorer design with more modern interfaces plus a new “Gallery feature”
- System wide ability to Ink directly into text boxes
- Taskbar app labels and other improvements
- HDR desktop wallpaper support
- New Windows Spotlight wallpaper UI
- Native support for more archive file formats such as .RAR
- New sound output menu
- Native RGB peripheral controls
New features and UI changes
- New account recommendations in Start and Settings
- A new revamped Settings homepage
Inbox app updates
- A new cloud-based backup and restore feature built in to Windows
- Snipping Tool improvements including OCR text and ability redact / mask sensitive information
- Improvements to Notepad including new auto save feature
When is Windows 10 end of life?
As a reminder to those still on Windows 10, this will go end of support on October 14, 2025 meaning now more feature or security updates…
Microsoft says that “Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported. Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to update, upgrade or make other changes to your software.”
Windows 11 is now on over half a billion devices as of October 2023 according to Microsoft.