Windows 11 is on the verge of some significant updates that are set to enhance your computing experience. In recent updates, the Windows 11 operating system has introduced several promising features, each aimed at enhancing your everyday computing experience. Microsoft continues its commitment to enhancing user experiences with these updates, ensuring your technology works more seamlessly.
So what will these changes mean for users, businesses, and the tech world at large?
What’s Getting an Update in Windows 11?
From an enhanced Snipping Tool with ‘Text Actions’ that simplifies text extraction from screenshots to the convenience of ‘Quick Redact,’ allowing for seamless information masking within images, Windows 11 is set to make your tasks more efficient. The ‘Phone Link’ feature promises to bridge the gap between your Android devices and your PC, fostering smoother device connectivity.
Moreover, the Photos app is undergoing significant improvements, adding a ‘Background Blur’ feature and ‘Content Search’ functionality for OneDrive-stored photos. These additions aim to elevate your productivity and overall user experience.
Upgrades to Snipping Tool
The Snipping tool application will receive an upgrade soon. The test version of the Snipping Tool has a copy text feature that can detect text in screenshots and allow you to share the text in apps. It’s similar to the copy text from images feature found on modern Android phones or iOS devices, but Microsoft has added a feature that allows you to automatically redact and hide emails and phone numbers from images. You can also pick the text you want to redact before sharing a screenshot.
Here’s the details:
- Text Actions: The reliable Snipping Tool is about to undergo a substantial transformation. With the introduction of ‘Text Actions,’ you can now conveniently copy and paste text directly from a screenshot. This feature eliminates the need for manual typing when dealing with lengthy quotes or information, making your workflow more efficient.
- Quick Redact: Ensuring the privacy of sensitive information within screenshots is becoming simpler with the addition of the ‘Quick Redact’ function. This feature eliminates the need for awkward scribbles or messy editing when handling confidential data, streamlining the process.
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Upgrades to Photos App
Just like the Snipping tool app, there’s new features coming to the built-in Photos app for Windows 11.
- App Enhancements: The Windows 11 Photos app is receiving some improvements based on user feedback. The ‘Background Blur’ option is one such addition, allowing you to make your subject stand out by blurring the background. This feature gives you control over the blur intensity and enables the selection of specific areas for blurring.
- Content Search for Photos: Windows 11 is introducing ‘Content Search’ for photos stored on OneDrive. Leveraging advanced image detection technology, Microsoft will automatically scan and label your photos with searchable tags. This functionality empowers you to easily search for photos based on location across your local files, OneDrive, and even Apple’s iCloud.
Upgrade to Phone Link
Have your phone linked to your Windows 11 computer? It’s soon about to get some extra linking features.
- Phone Link: Windows 11 is enhancing the connection between your Android devices and PC through the ‘Phone Link’ feature. This feature simplifies the synchronization process, fostering a more seamless relationship between your devices.
When Can I Expect this Windows 11 Update?
Microsoft is clearly working tirelessly to make our lives easier one update at a time. And as a business owner, that’s music to my ears – it should be to yours too. Microsoft has started testing these Photos, Phone Link, and Snipping Tool updates with Windows Insiders, which means that regular Windows 11 users will likely have to wait a few months until they’re rolled out more generally. These additions aim to elevate your productivity and overall user experience.
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