In August 2021, Microsoft announced its intention to combine existing versions of OneNote for Windows into a single app. The company had two versions of OneNote coexisting + a web app. Each had its own name. Windows 11 had its own OneNote version. Now they are unified into one app.
The Redmond firm is developing a new app that will help you to clean up and optimize the operating system. Simply called 'PC Manager', it includes features like temp file removal, startup app and process manager, a simple "threat" scanner which includes Windows Update status and default browser checks. There is also a storage analyzer that can uninstall apps and find large files.
Microsoft has announced that they are going to release DirectStorage 1.1 with GPU Decompression to developers by the end of 2022. It will include GPU decompression of game resources which is nearly 3x faster that the classic CPU process.
New tools are coming to the PowerToys suite. First of all, it will be easier to create a backup copy of its options with the "Settings backup and restore" utility. The other tool will allow you to make changes to the hosts file with a convenient UI.
At Ignite 2022, Microsoft unveiled a major update to the Office app for Windows, Android, and iOS that brings an updated user interface and several new features. The application now has a new name, Microsoft 365, to stay in line with the eponymous service. Of course, it also features a new logo.
The Redmond software giant has announced the availability of iCloud Photos integration in the Photos app on Windows 11. The company is rolling out a new app version 2022.31100.9001.0 to Insiders in the Dev channel.
You may be familiar with the Unlocker freeware app that allows deleting files in use. The app is able to find what process is locking the file. The similar functionality now comes to PowerToys with a new "File Locksmith" utility.
The Project Monarch app goes live for Office Insiders. Microsoft was testing it since May of this year. But at that time only select customers and some Office Insider program participants on the Beta channel could access it. Microsoft today announced that the new app is available to all Office Insiders on the Current channel, whether they have a personal or corporate Microsoft 365 subscription.
A new update the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles brings support for Discord voice chats. This doesn't mean that Xbox now has a full-fledged Discord application. There is now only the ability to redirect a voice call to a game console using the Xbox mobile app.
Microsoft today released a new preview version of the Terminal app. It brings with it themes, so you can change the style and appearance of Terminal with a couple of clicks. Besides themes, it also features new color schemes and a new GUI for managing them. Finally, Terminal has switched to a new text rendering engine, "Atlas". It is now active by default.