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Posted by Andy Brown on 23 February 2021
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Windows updates for 2021
After a small update in the Spring of this year, Microsoft appear to be planning a much bigger update in the second half of the year. Here are some features which it should contain:
|More dynamic content||A new task on your task pane to show local news and weather.||I'd far rather go to Google or the BBC when I want weather news - but I suppose that's exactly what Microsoft are planning to stop!|
|Startup app notifications||Programs will now show notifications when they are configured to run on start-up.||Since Teams is by far the worst offender on this, it'll be interesting to see if there's a "Reverse this" button!|
|New emoji picker||An improved emoji picker will also let you choose clipart and GIFs, perhaps.||Windows will never be Snapchat, although it will always try to appeal to the younger user.|
|New voice typing||A new feature called Voice Typing replaces Windows Dictation, and will be available for any text box.||Given the huge improvements in voice recognition, this might finally trigger the moment when it's quicker to speak to (say) Word than it is to type into it.|
|Storage health monitoring||A new feature will monitor the health of your storage devices, and warn you of possible problems.||Apparently this is mainly designed to avoid the sudden catastrophic failure of the new(ish) SSD drives.|
|Cortana can find files||Cortana will be able to search for and find files on your hard disk.||Now this would be a good idea, although not if Microsoft's bias towards OneDrive is maintained.|
|32 or 64 bit information||The Windows task manager should include a new column to give an application's architecture type.||This is only a tiny thing, but I quite like the idea of seeing whether each program runs in 32 or 64 bit mode.|
To see a full run-down of possible new features in this update (as ever, nothing is guaranteed until it happens) see this comprehensive article.