.The mandatory Windows 11 update (KB5025239) has arrived and it's making waves among PC users everywhere. Whether you like it or not, this update is essential for your system to get the latest bug fixes and features. You can choose to manually install it via Windows Update or download it directly from Microsoft's website. If you're feeling lazy, don't worry - Windows 11 will eventually download and install the update for you automatically.
While many of the new features included in this update are a welcome addition, there's one feature that's causing quite a stir. But before we dive into that, let's take a look at my top three favorite features of the Windows 11 KB5025239 update:
First off, the taskbar has received a much-needed facelift. The search box now appears lighter when you're using dark mode, making it easier to see and use. Plus, there's a new button that lets you open up the Bing AI chat mode directly from the search box. However, it's worth noting that Bing chat opens up in Microsoft Edge, regardless of your default web browser.
Secondly, Microsoft has made some important accessibility improvements with this update. A frustrating bug that caused PowerPoint to crash when using accessibility tools has been fixed, and Microsoft Narrator can now read out dropdown lists in Microsoft Excel.
Finally, the addition of Windows LAPS is a niche feature, but it's a much-requested one from system administrators in IT departments. This feature allows admins to manage the passwords of local accounts on Windows devices and backs them up to the cloud, providing enhanced security.
Now, onto the feature that's causing controversy: ads in the Start menu. Yes, you heard that right - Microsoft has added notifications for Microsoft accounts in the Start menu, essentially serving as ads for Microsoft services. While some people may find these notifications useful, many see them as just another invasive method for Microsoft to push its services on users.
While this update may have its pros and cons, it's still a necessary one for all Windows 11 users. Who knows what other surprises Microsoft has in store for us in the future? Only time will tell.