The desktop version of Windows 11 gets an iOS and Android makeover

The desktop version of Windows 11 gets an iOS and Android makeover

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  • Unfortunately, according to Windows Latest, users may have to wait some time before the new desktop organization feature becomes widely available. Currently, feature previews for members of the Windows Insider early-access program have been suspended ahead of the highly-anticipated launch of the Windows 11 22H2 update, codenamed Sun Valley 2.

  • Microsoft has previewed a new feature for Windows 11 that would allow users to organise their desktops in a different way. Following the release of a similar feature for the Start Menu earlier this year, Microsoft is working on bringing app folders to the Windows 11 desktop, as revealed in a promotional film shown at a Microsoft event. App folders have been a feature on iOS and Android for years, and they should operate in the same way in Windows 11, enabling users to clean their desktop by grouping app shortcuts into thematic groupings.

Rumors suggest 22H2 is practically ready to ship, with Microsoft now running through the release with a fine-tooth comb to identify any bugs or cybersecurity vulnerabilities. The suggestion is that the new app folders for desktop will arrive with a subsequent update, after the dust has settled on this next major build, first in preview for members of the early-access scheme and later to the general public.

Currently, only a portion of workstations and business computers have been upgraded to Windows 11 (in part due to compatibility issues), but the new feature could help give IT departments the excuse they need to pull the trigger on the new OS. Boost your hybrid working setup with the best business laptops around Joel Khalili is the News and Features Editor at TechRadar Pro, covering cybersecurity, data privacy, cloud, AI, blockchain, internet infrastructure, 5G, data storage and computing. He’s responsible for curating our news content, as well as commissioning and producing features on the technologies that are transforming the way the world does business.

When the new functionality does eventually go live, however, it could be a boon for a large section of users whose desktops are effectively unusable, jammed up with a mess of files, applications and other assets. In all likelihood, creating new folders will be as simple as dragging an application over the top of another, just as you might on iOS or Android. Although the new functionality will benefit consumers and businesses alike, it could be especially useful in a professional context, in which productivity hinges on the ability to surface files and applications quickly.

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