February 2022 brings Microsoft’s first major update to Windows 11. This update includes many additions – some minor and some game-changers. So, if you’re still running Windows 10, this update may be a tipping point for you to take the plunge into the newest MS operating system. Some improvements are focused on Android apps, while others relate to enhancing the taskbar experience.

Google’s Play store is not available yet through this version for some obvious competitive reasons between Google and Microsoft, but a limited number of Android apps will be available to Windows users through Amazon’s Appstore. This update allows the ability to enhance functionality that wasn’t there upon the original release.

The most significant things you’ll see with the upgrade are in the taskbar. The time and date feature wasn’t available for those using multiple monitors, but it is now. The weather widget is back on the bar, also. But most significant is what this iteration is doing with the Teams app. You can mute/unmute and also do a quick screen share of your app of choice right from the taskbar during any Teams call you may be participating in.

The Notepad app now includes an “undo” function that can go back multiple steps. The search feature also has some usability improvements, while going into “dark mode” is now an option as well. The media player – a longtime stalwart of Windows – has been redesigned and will replace Groove Music. It will support both audio and video as well.

Microsoft’s device chief Panos Panay said of the upgrade, “Over time, you’ll see us release new features into Windows 11 for end-users more frequently in addition to our annual update. We will leverage the variety of update mechanisms we have in place, including servicing and Microsoft Store updates. Our goal is to deliver continuous innovation, providing you with the best experiences year-round.”

Expect more enhancements and even some experimentation with the user experience ongoing in 2022. Some upcoming changes are being called “secret features” and will be rolled out frequently along with planned, announced upgrades. It’s an exciting time to be a Microsoft customer.