Two new applications in Windows 11... really free?

Written by Guillaume
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The latest build of Windows 11 integrates the Family and Clipchamp applications in addition to countless patches / features.

Besides the introduction of the new tab system in File Explorer, Microsoft is of course taking advantage of build 22572 to roll out as many patches and other updates for its operating system. However, the editor has also focused on the integration of two new applications, Family and Clipchamp. The first is, as its name suggests, a tool for setting up a real family of users within the system. The idea is, logically, to introduce parental control features.

Microsoft explains that Windows 11 associated with Family should allow you to set up filters for certain applications and control Internet browsing: " The family security features you use on the Web and on mobile are now available on Windows 11 from this version with the Microsoft Family application. Set up Parental Controls to filter out inappropriate apps and games and configure browsing to kid-friendly websites for Microsoft Edge. Help your kids balance their screen time on Windows, Xbox, and Android and use activity reports to better understand your family's digital activity. Stay connected even when you're apart with Family location tracking."

Alongside Family, Microsoft is also rolling out Clipchamp, a video-editing tool that was once a Web application that the Redmond company acquired last year. For many observers, this is a sort of comeback for Movie Maker and, for Microsoft, to offer an editing tool aimed at casual users. Clipchamp has not changed from the web application that some may already be familiar with: it allows you to simply edit video clips, cut out pieces, overlay animated text or integrate transitions / effects. Clipchamp can also be combined with a webcam to add content in real time.

However, there is a catch. The Clipchamp application is not totally, completely free. There is no question of paying a penny and there are no restrictions on functionality, except when it comes to exporting your productions. In fact, Clipchamp is limited to 480p videos in its free package. As XDA-Developers explains, to access higher image definitions, you have to subscribe: a monthly subscription of $9 opens the way to 720p and going to $19 per month allows you to reach 1080p. With such a price and the existence of many free alternatives, one wonders what Microsoft is hoping for.