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In his fortnightly I.T Crowd column, Philip Brooks of Diamond Byte Solutions, talks about upcoming Windows 11 features...

As it’s nearing six months since Windows 11 was released, I thought we’d take a look at some of it’s upcoming new features and as well as some that were due to be released with the original version, but which, for various reasons, are still pending release.

Android Apps: These, along with the Amazon App store for them, should arrive in the second half of the year. This will bring the Kindle App and over a 1,000 games and utilities with it.

Windows 11 (55686906)
Windows 11 (55686906)

Folders in the Start Menu: Why we couldn’t have had folders in the Start Menu on release day seems like a massive oversight.However, over the next few months this should arrive and make managing our apps and shortcuts a little easier.

Improved Account Management: If you want to check on subscriptions for Xbox, Office etc or change a password, you currently have to open the settings page in Windows 11, which opens a web browser page on

Microsoft’s web site where you have to log on once more in order to make amendments etc. This is going to change, allowing you to be able to do it in settings, without taking you to a website.

Philip Brooks, of Diamond Byte Solutions
Philip Brooks, of Diamond Byte Solutions

Drag and Drop Support for the Windows 11 Taskbar: You’ll be able to drag files straight to apps on the taskbar, such as Outlook for adding attachments or image editors like paint or photos to make amendments, which should make working on multiple things at once easier. User interface improvements: Currently, the pop out section for audio, brightness, Wi-Fi etc in the bottom right hand corner is a hot mess, so thankfully it looks like this is going to be improved.

Mail, Calendar and People: This update is long overdue. In Windows 8, the

in-built Windows Mail app was awful, it got a minor tweak in Windows 10 and is still the same on Windows 11 (we’ve been pushing either Mozilla Thunderbird (Free) Outlook (not Free) for years).

Apparently, this update is going to be a replacement and will be offered to both Windows 10, 11 and Apple macOS users. Hopefully this update will provide a way to back up settings and contact details (ie email addresses etc) so that you can transfer them from one machine to another, like Thunderbird or Outlook.

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