The year 2022 is over. With all eyes on 2023 and what the new year will bring, it’s time to round up the most interesting and popular stories published on Neowin in 2022. After skipping this series in 2021, we’re back with a yearly roundup to show you the most viewed articles, such as news, guides and editorials.
10. Windows 11 has its first moment
The Windows 11 “Moment 1” update rollout article is off the list. On October 18, Microsoft began rolling out the additional feature update for the Windows 11 2022 update. It contains several neat features, such as a tabbed file explorer with improved favorites, action suggestions, a better sharing experience, and more modern browsing on the taskbar. However, it’s safe to say that for most Windows 11 users, the number one change in the “Moment 1” update is the ability to open the task manager by right-clicking on the taskbar.
The “Moment 1” update is the first feature drop for Windows 11, with more to come in 2023. According to a recent report, Microsoft is planning three more “Moment” updates. The first should arrive in February or March, the second in June and the third in October.
9. China says no to Windows, yes to Linux
In May, news broke that revealed the Chinese government’s plans to phase out Windows in favor of Linux. Furthermore, Beijing plans to replace approx 50 million Computers in central government authorities only. The country plans to select personal computers manufactured and maintained by local manufacturers, such as Lenovo, Kingsoft Corp and Inspur Electronic Information Co. Such transitions don’t happen overnight—China reportedly wants to complete the process within two years.
8. Brand new OneDrive app for Windows 11
Summer 2022 marked the end of the legacy OneDrive app on Windows 11. In July, a leak revealed OneDrive’s redesign for those using Microsoft’s latest operating system. The new app features a more modern design that looks like the rest of Windows 11. There’s nothing new feature-wise, but it’s still great to see Microsoft give its Windows 11 cloud storage client a fresh coat of paint.
Microsoft began rolling out the redesigned OneDrive app for Windows 11 to all customers in December.
7. Review of the world’s first QD-OLED Ultrawide monitor
In April we published a review of the world’s first ultra-wide QD-OLED monitor from Dell Alienware. It has been widely praised for its image quality and Relatively cheap A price tag for those who want an ultra-wide OLED panel capable of delivering fantastic features for creative work and gaming.
6. The Y2K22 bug!
2022 started with another bug that is spoiling the holidays for IT managers. Not the end of the world by any means, but severe enough to ruin the holiday spirit. The funniest part is that the problem was date-related: it caused the Microsoft Exchange servers to stop processing mail because the servers weren’t properly prepared to handle January 1, 2022, int32.
Fortunately, Microsoft didn’t take too long to deploy an emergency patch and restore peace and order. On January 2, 2022, the company published a blog post detailing how the Y2K22 bug could be mitigated.
5. What is the most efficient browser for Windows?
Most Windows browsers today use Chromium to ensure the best compatibility and features. Despite the heavy use of shared code, modern browsers are not equal. Besides unique features and interesting capabilities, the most popular options differ in energy efficiency. In August 2022, we conducted a small test to identify the most energy-friendly browser. Chrome, Edge, Firefox or Vivaldi? The result may surprise you.
Developers continue to improve their browsers with new tools, more efficient code, and other refinements. Chrome, for example, recently introduced memory and battery saving utilities, so expect an update for testing in 2023.
4. Review of Windows 11 2022 updates
In case you missed it, in May 2022, we published a long overview of the Windows 11 2022 update. This can help you navigate the operating system more easily and learn what new capabilities it offers. There are improvements to the start menu and taskbar (much needed), tons of UI changes, updates to the Settings app, a (major) redesigned task manager, some major accessibility features, and of course, some annoyances. New to Windows 11? So Windows 11 2022 update review is a must read.
3. Should I use Windows 11? These 11 apps should be on your system
What makes Windows great is the apps you can run on it. If you’re wondering how to increase your productivity or address some of the system’s shortcomings, check out the “Top 11 Apps Every Windows 11 User Should Have.” It lists ten free and one premium apps to enhance the Start menu, easily adjust screen brightness, take better screenshots, work with files in a better file manager, switch between dark and light themes on a schedule, and much more.
Of course, there are hundreds more useful Windows apps, and you might find a bunch in the comments section or recommend your own picks.
2. Google’s AI is becoming sentient
Our second most popular story covers a puzzling incident with Google’s Language Model for Dialog Applications (LaMDA). According to one of the software engineers—who was later placed on administrative leave for violating the company’s confidentiality agreements—MDA became a sense. She indicated her desire for Google to recognize her rights as a real person, ask for her consent before conducting future experiments, and be involved in discussions about her future.
In a later statement, Google attempted to do so
to cover To clarify the story by claiming that there is “a lot of evidence” against the claim that MDA went all out for Skynet.
1. Not so exciting changes coming soon in Windows 11
And the “Most Watched Story of 2022” award goes to a recently published story covering five not-so-great features coming to Windows 11. While we love Windows 11 and the features it received in 2022, it’s hard to ignore some awkward changes Microsoft is considering implementing. Users should watch out for more ads in the Start menu, a strange-looking search in the taskbar, more ways to crash Edge, and more.
Fortunately, it’s not all negative. Parallel to this article describes five great features that Windows 11 will get soon. Be sure to check it out as well.
And that’s it for the most popular articles published on Neowin in 2022. Thanks for sticking with us, and let’s hope 2023 brings more interesting stories!