Microsoft adds new features to Windows 365 Cloud PC, from tabs to File Explorer
Microsoft has announced several new features for Windows 11 and its suite of apps to enhance “hybrid work” modes, allowing employees to use their own computers to securely access company services, whether they’re on the move or not. in the office or at home.
Windows 365 is a big part of this, it’s a cloud-based virtual PC set up to work from home or remotely. Now there are several ways to access it: you can run it as an application or treat it as a virtual desktop. There’s even a way to boot a PC directly into Windows 365 if you’re going to be using it long-term.
Windows 365 is a cloud-based virtual PC that can also work offline
Although Windows 365 is primarily cloud-based, it can also work offline. The next time you connect to the Internet, the system will synchronize all the changes you have made. 365 lets you pick up where you left off, whether you’re in the office, at home, or on the road.
At first glance, video conferencing will continue even in the post-COVID era. Microsoft has enhanced Teams for Windows 11 with some great features. These enhance the experience by blurring the background behind you and keeping you centered in the frame. Background noise reduction is also coming.
The eye contact feature adjusts where your eyes look for a more natural conversation, a necessary game until under-display cameras became more common. All of this will come to Qualcomm-powered devices first and will take advantage of the Snapdragon NPU to do the processing.
Microsoft is also working on Live Captions, which will help people who are deaf and hard of hearing, as well as those who are still learning a new language. Live captions will be available to all apps in Windows, not just Teams, so you can use them with other streaming and conferencing services.
File Explorer finally gets a long-awaited productivity booster: tabs. This feature was originally planned for Windows 10 but was eventually cancelled. Tabs help you organize your Explorer windows, the file manager will also offer contextual suggestions by displaying relevant content (local files and those in the cloud).
Windows 11 File Explorer gets tabs
Another new organizational tool for File Explorer is Favorites: Marking a file or folder as a “favorite” will pin it to the Explorer home screen. This joins the existing Quick Access and Recent Documents features already found in Explorer.
There are many other new features that will improve the experience for individuals and businesses. Below is a short video going over the highlights, you can also read more here and here.
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