Here are five cool features that Windows 11 will soon have.

More people can now access the Windows 11 2022 Update and its associated feature drop. Numerous new features are added to Microsoft’s operating system in its first significant update, which also addresses several initial release flaws. Microsoft is still working to improve Windows 11 and introduce new features. Following the release of its initial feature updates, Microsoft made the following five nice modifications and enhancements to the Windows 11 preview releases.

1. Icons in the Settings app that move

Even though there is room for consistency improvements, Windows 11 is a gorgeous operating system. The redesigned Settings app is just one instance of how Microsoft occasionally astounds its users with excessive attention to detail. New icons have been added to the settings menu, and clicking them triggers amusing animations.

Though obviously nothing revolutionary, it is still wonderful to witness such “unexpected moments of joy with purpose” (that is what Microsoft calls tiny animations across Windows 11).

2. The time in seconds on the notification area’s clock

It is difficult to give Microsoft credit for bringing back functions that were lost when consumers upgraded from Windows 10 to 11. However, the seconds on the clock feature is already available in Windows 11 preview releases, so it is what it is. Now, we’re hoping Microsoft will rethink its decision to deny users the option to move the taskbar (the company thinks such a feature is not important).

3. Improved Windows Plugins

No user that I am aware of enjoys Windows Widgets in their current state. The concept is great (remember Live Tiles? ), but the execution is at best subpar. However, Microsoft is not giving up on Windows Widgets; the following widget improvements will soon be available to Windows 11 users:

  • Now that Windows Widgets can go full-screen, you have more room for your widgets to display tabloid news.
  • Incoming third-party widgets Microsoft recently gave developers the go-ahead to continue working on building unique widgets for Windows 11 and getting them ready for publication in the Microsoft Store. Windows Widgets will be greatly improved by third-party products, and we eagerly anticipate the arrival of the first projects in the Microsoft Store.
If Microsoft wants inspiration, it may also turn to the recently published fan-made Windows 12 concept or simply read the numerous complaints about Windows Widgets in its Feedback Hub.

4. Not a phoney search engine

Not everyone will be as thrilled about this one as I am. However, I think users of Windows Search will be pleased with the real search box Microsoft has included in Windows 11 in build 25252. Without switching to another window or field, it enables text entry where you click. Of course, certain annoying Windows Search idiosyncrasies cannot be fixed by the new search box, but that is a subject for another essay.

5. A Task Manager upgrade

A search bar for finding the required process has been added to the revised Task Manager. Additionally, the software now has better theme compatibility, more up-to-date dialogue boxes, and the option to turn off the warning about efficiency mode. Task Manager may now be made light or dark regardless of the system theme.

On a Windows 11 desktop, Task Manager is displayed in dark mode.

It’s important to note that the new Task Manager is already enabled in the Windows 11 2022 Update, but watch out for flaws that you don’t want to encounter in such a sensitive area. Since Task Manager should always operate flawlessly, we do not advise forcing the upgrades to be enabled before Microsoft begins releasing them.


The Windows Insider programme is currently cooking up a tonne of other intriguing innovations for Windows 11. Microsoft is aiming to update and modernise the Settings app (one, two, and three), add a new VPN indicator to the notification area, develop a Settings page for optimising your machine, enhance current functionality, and more.

Christopher Woodill

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Enterprise technology leader for the past 15+ years…certified PMP, Six Sigma Black Belt and TOGAF Enterprise Architect. I collaborate with companies to help align their strategic objectives with concrete implementable technology strategies. I am Vice President, Enterprise Solutions for Klick Health.

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