The highly anticipated Windows 11 23H2 update is just around the corner, and Microsoft has released its best features for the Beta channel testers.
From a revolutionary AI assistant to a modern file explorer and an in-depth energy report, the update promises a myriad of improvements. Here is a breakdown of the top three features that caught our eye.
Windows Copilot: The PC’s unified artificial intelligence assistant
Taking a step forward in AI integration, Windows 11 is set to debut Windows Copilot, the AI assistant that unifies Bing Chat and additional plug-ins. Easily accessible via a sidebar on the taskbar, Copilot aims to redefine the way users interact with their computers.
This assistant is designed to guide users through a variety of tasks, answer inquiries and even assist with travel plans, all without leaving the desktop.
However, not everything is sunshine and rainbows. Although this feature is promising, early reviews indicate that Copilot may not integrate as smoothly as users would like. Complaints about slow performance and occasional misunderstandings in interpreting user intent suggest that Microsoft has some bugs to work out for this groundbreaking feature.
Modern file explorer experience
The update also brings a sleek, modern File Explorer interface, designed using WinUI and supported by the Windows App SDK. This new look aims to make it easier and more intuitive than ever to navigate your computer.
The carousel displays recommended files for Azure Active Directory (AAD) users, and the Quick Access folders and Recent sections have received aesthetic upgrades. Sync status and quota posts for OneDrive users are now integrated into the address bar, making cloud storage management easy.
Microsoft is also adding a revamped details pane that allows for easier collaboration and access to file information without opening files. This feature aims to boost productivity while keeping the user experience smooth and efficient.
Comprehensive energy report for efficient energy use
For those concerned about power usage or battery longevity, Windows 11 Update 23H2 includes an in-depth Energy Report feature. This provides real-time data on your device’s power consumption, broken down over periods ranging from the last 24 hours to the past week.
Even more interesting is the “Battery Usage Per App” feature, which enables users to monitor power consumption on an app-by-app basis.
Users can choose to see “Total Usage” for a full picture or “In Use” and “Background” to differentiate between active and passive consumption. This new addition could be invaluable to those who want to maximize the performance of their devices while minimizing power usage.
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