Microsoft in 2022: the year of review

How did Microsoft experience 2022? The company has made some big moves this year, including a massive acquisition of close to $70 billion – which sparked controversy – and also brought the first major feature update to Windows 11. software, hardware and gaming fronts over the past year.

Windows 11 major update (and bad updates)

Windows 11 is still relatively new since it was released in late 2021, and the biggest thing to happen to the operating system this year was the release of its first major update. (Note that there will only be one feature update per year now, not twice a year as in the past). Windows 11 2022 Update (known unofficially as 22H2) came out in September, applying a lot of polish along with some important and useful changes to the interface. We’re also interested in a new ‘Moments’ system, which is fancy Microsoft jargon for smaller updates that are implemented more agilely when needed outside of the big annual feature upgrade.

Some of the notable improvements included the introduction of tabs for File Explorer, which allowed multiple folders to be opened in a File Explorer window, just as there are multiple tabs in a browser. This represented the delivery of a long-promised feature from Microsoft. The taskbar has also received a lot of attention with the introduction of a taskbar overflow panel, and after much fuss from many Windows 11 users, drag and drop functionality is finally back to the taskbar.

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Indeed, Microsoft listening more to feedback and user needs seems to be the theme of the year, there has been a lot of complaints about another aspect of the taskbar – removing the option to ungroup apps from the bar, a piece of functionality in Windows 10 – it looks like it will be fixed. Or at least this facility was present in testing with Windows 11, and it should be here soon for those who don’t want multiple instances of the same app popping up on the taskbar.

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