Microsoft will focus more on improving the performance and responsiveness of its Windows 11 operating system next year, according to online sources. Members of the Windows development team said this when answering questions from users of the Reddit platform “Ask Me Anything”.
During the conversation, one Reddit user mentioned the tendency towards sluggishness in the Windows 11 user interface, which is mainly related to the work of the file manager and the menu that appears when you right-click. In response, the developers announced plans to increase the performance of the operating system in 2022; including a faster rendering of user interface elements.
“Some of the problems are due to the performance of WinUI; but some are also probably not related to what our team is doing; but are still important for Windows in general. In addition to focusing part of our UX framework on performance in 2022; we also have a dedicated team that was recently formed to tackle this issue in a more holistic manner” the developers said.
Obviously, Microsoft is serious about improving the responsiveness of its operating system’s user interface. Anything that makes Windows 11 less responsive when performing simple tasks such as navigating between folders; browsing files, or right-clicking a menu will have a negative impact on the OS’s reputation among users. As Microsoft plans to actively promote Windows 11, these kinds of problems in the OS should be addressed.
Microsoft has updated the standard Media Player for Windows 11
Microsoft has released a new Media Player app for Windows 11 that the Windows Insider Dev channel members can test. The new software will support both audio and video playback; and its design is in line with the Windows 11 interface.
At the core of Media Player, Microsoft says, is a fully new music library that lets you quickly browse and play music; and create and manage playlists. In both full screen view and mini-player mode, Media Player will display album art or artist images.
Media Player will also support video, which is usually played in the Movies & TV app on Windows 10 and Windows 11. Now, both video and audio content will automatically appear in the library of the new player. In addition, users will be able to specify a location where the player can search for additional content.
Media Player will replace the outdated Windows Media Player application that is still present in Windows 11. Microsoft says the outdated player will continue to be available in the OS; but it looks like the new Media Player will soon become the main way to watch videos and listening to music in Windows 11. Microsoft has not yet announced when the Media Player will be available to all users.