Microsoft is planning to release a surprise update for Windows 11 in February. This update will be a significant one and will bring Android apps and new Taskbar features with itself. Two newly redesigned apps Notepad and Media Player will also be released to public.

Coming to details now, Windows 11 February update will bring the Android apps to general public in preview. It will also bring new Taskbar features: call mute and unmute, easier window sharing and bringing weather to the taskbar.

Next month we’re bringing new experiences to Windows that include a public preview of how you can use AndroidTM apps on Windows 11 through the Microsoft Store and our partnerships with Amazon and Intel, taskbar improvements with call mute and unmute, easier window sharing and bringing weather to the taskbar, plus the introduction of two new redesigned apps, Notepad and Media Player.

This is a welcome move by Microsoft as this update will bring some much-desired experiences to existing Window 11 users. This will be in addition to the the next major Windows 11 version 22H2 update which is termed Sun Valley 2 update internally. It may follow the Windows 11 21H2 release date schedule. Read more about Windows 11 version 22H2 new features and release date by clicking here.

In the same blog post, Microsoft also claimed that Windows 11 is bringing 3 times more traffic to Microsoft store.

Windows 11 is driving increased engagement with people spending 40% more time on their Windows 11 PC vs Windows 10. The multitasking and productivity advantages of the Windows PC are being used more than ever with nearly half of Windows 11 users using the new Snap Layouts.

Windows 11 is also helping drive 3X more traffic to the newly redesigned Microsoft Store. Building on our open platform, we announced new Store policies last year to create greater economic opportunity for creators and developers, paving the way for not only new apps but new storefronts like Amazon and Epic Games.