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Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22635.2915 (KB5033456) to the Beta Channel. This will be our last Beta Channel flight until January 2024. REMINDER: All Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel will now be on the same build (Build 22635.xxxx) via an enablement package. For Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel who want to be the first to get features gradually rolled out to you, you can turn ON the toggle (shown in the image below) to get the latest updates as they are available via Settings > Windows Update. Over time, we will increase the rollouts of features to everyone with the toggle turned on. Should you keep this toggle off, new features will gradually be rolled out to your device over time once they are ready. [caption id="attachment_176587" align="alignnone" width="783"] Turn on the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available to get new features rolled out to you. Turn on the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available to get new features rolled out to you.[/caption] Going forward, we will document changes in Beta Channel builds in two buckets: new features, improvements, and fixes that are being gradually rolled out for Insiders who have turned on the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available and then new features, improvements, and fixes available to everyone in the Beta Channel.

New features gradually being rolled out to the Beta Channel with toggle on*

Extended languages, multi-display support, and custom commands for voice access

Extended language support: We have extended voice access to support other languages such as French (France), French (Canada), German, Spanish (Spain) and Spanish (Mexico). When voice access is turned on for the first time, you will be prompted to download a speech model to enable on-device recognition of voice data. In case voice access does not find a speech model matching your display language, you can still choose to proceed ahead to use voice access in English (United States). [caption id="attachment_176786" align="alignnone" width="428"] New languages under settings on the voice access bar. New languages under settings on the voice access bar.[/caption] You can always switch to a different language by navigating to Settings > Language on the voice access bar. Multi-display support: You can now use all voice access features on multiple displays, including number and grid overlays which were previously unavailable on any display other than the primary one. The grid overlay feature has been further developed to allow you to not only interact with the screen you are currently using, but also quickly switch to another display. You can also use the drag and drop feature to move files, apps, and documents from one display to another. [caption id="attachment_176787" align="alignnone" width="620"] You can use either the alphabet or NATO phonetic in your command to shift focus to another display. You can use either the alphabet or NATO phonetic in your command to shift focus to another display.[/caption] After invoking the grid overlay, use to quickly shift to focus to another display. You can use either the alphabet or NATO phonetic in your command; for example, "B" or "Bravo" would both be valid as shown in the above screenshot. [caption id="attachment_176788" align="alignnone" width="620"] Use mouse grid command to move your mouse to a specific point on a specific display. Use mouse grid command to move your mouse to a specific point on a specific display.[/caption] You can also use the accelerated command "mouse grid .." to quickly move your mouse to a specific point on a specific display. In this case we used “mousegrid A 114” as shown in the above screenshot. Voice shortcuts: We are introducing voice shortcuts or custom commands to enable you to create your very own command. This is currently available if you use voice access in English. Creating commands that map to single action, such as opening a URL, or a series of actions performed in sequence, is easy. To get started, say “what can I say” and click on the “Voice shortcuts” tab on the left panel, or use the command “show voice shortcuts” to directly launch the voice shortcuts page. Then, click on the Create Command button to begin the process. [caption id="attachment_176789" align="alignnone" width="620"] New voice shortcuts tab for creating custom commands in voice access. New voice shortcuts tab for creating custom commands in voice access.[/caption] Create a command by using either voice or any other input modality. Give it a name, select one or multiple actions, fill in the necessary information and then click "Create". Your command is now ready to be used. [caption id="attachment_176790" align="alignnone" width="620"] Creating a new custom command to use in voice access. Creating a new custom command to use in voice access.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_176791" align="alignnone" width="620"] Select one or multiple actions for a custom command in voice access. Select one or multiple actions for a custom command in voice access.[/caption] You can view all the voice shortcuts you have created either from the command help page or by using the command "show voice shortcuts". FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Accessibility > Voice Access.

Improving discoverability of screen casting in Windows 11

Casting from your Windows PC allows you to wirelessly extend your display to another nearby PC, TV, or other external displays. We are introducing improvements that focus on educating users about the Cast feature and improving its discoverability in Windows 11. Those improvements include:
  • When doing multitasking activities on your PC such as often switching between windows to complete a task or using Snap Assist to organize your screen space, we will provide the suggestion to Cast via a notification toast.
  • We have updated the Cast flyout in Quick Settings with additional support for you in case you face any trouble discovering nearby displays, fixing connections, and more.
[caption id="attachment_176792" align="alignnone" width="359"] Cast flyout in Quick Settings now shows link for troubleshooting device discovery and other casting issues. Cast flyout in Quick Settings now shows link for troubleshooting device discovery and other casting issues.[/caption] FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Display and Graphics > Wireless Display and Casting.

New features and improvements for Windows 365 Boot

The following improvements are beginning to roll out for Windows 365 Boot. (Local PC and Cloud PC should be on the same Beta Channel build.) Also check out this month’s Windows Insider webcast on-demand here featuring the Windows 365 team! Dedicated mode for Windows 365 Boot: We are now launching a new mode for Windows 365 Boot – dedicated mode. You can now boot to your Windows 365 Cloud PC from your designated company-owned device. You will be able to seamlessly login to your Windows 365 Cloud PC from Windows 11 login screen using password-less authentication methods like Windows Hello for Business. The new dedicated mode also comes with fast account switcher experience to effortlessly switch profiles to login in, personalized experience with your username and password, display picture on lock and login screen, remember your username, etc. The feature will begin to get enabled for Windows 365 customers via a private preview in early 2024. [caption id="attachment_176749" align="alignnone" width="620"] Login screen showing fast account switching with Windows 365 Boot. Login screen showing fast account switching with Windows 365 Boot.[/caption] Customized company logo and name for Windows 365 Boot: In shared mode, organizations can now customize the login page to include their company branding from Intune. The feature will begin to get enabled for Windows 365 customers via a private preview in early 2024. [caption id="attachment_176750" align="alignnone" width="620"] Example of customized logo and name on the login screen. Example of customized logo and name on the login screen.[/caption] Fail fast mechanism for Windows 365 Boot: You no longer need to wait for the sign in process to the Cloud PC to complete only to find out Windows 365 Boot failed due to network issues or incomplete setup. The smart logic proactively informs users to resolve network issues or complete app setup so users can experience a smooth login to their Cloud PC. [caption id="attachment_176760" align="alignnone" width="620"] Warning at login for setup issues. Warning at login for setup issues.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_176752" align="alignnone" width="620"] Notification when there are network issues trying to connect. Notification when there are network issues trying to connect.[/caption] Manage local PC settings through Windows 365 Boot: With this feature, it is now easier for you to access and manage sound, display, and other device specific settings of their local PC directly from your Cloud PC in under Windows 365 Boot. [caption id="attachment_176753" align="alignnone" width="635"] Button to open local PC settings while in Windows 365 Boot. Button to open local PC settings while in Windows 365 Boot.[/caption] FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (Win + F) under Windows 365.

New features and improvements for Windows 365 Switch

The following improvements are beginning to roll out for Windows 365 Switch. (Local PC and Cloud PC should be on the same build.) Also check out this month’s Windows Insider webcast on-demand here featuring the Windows 365 team! Improved disconnect experience for Windows 365 Switch: You can now disconnect from their Cloud PC directly from their local PC. This can be done by going to Local PC > Task view > Right click on the Cloud PC button > Disconnect. We have also added tooltips on disconnect and sign-out options in the Cloud PC Start menu so that you can differentiate between these functionalities. [caption id="attachment_176768" align="alignnone" width="620"] Disconnect experience for a Cloud PC as shown in Task view. Disconnect experience for a Cloud PC as shown in Task view.[/caption] Desktop indicators to differentiate between Cloud PC and local PC for Windows 365 Switch: You will now see the term “Cloud PC” and “Local PC” on the desktop indicator when you switch between your respective PCs. [caption id="attachment_176769" align="alignnone" width="620"] New Cloud PC or Local PC label on the desktop indicator. New Cloud PC or Local PC label on the desktop indicator.[/caption] Gracefully handling increased connection time for Windows 365 Switch to Frontline Cloud PC: You will now see updates regarding the Cloud PC connection status and the connection timeout indicator while waiting on the connection screen. In case there is an error, you will now be able to copy the correlation ID using the new copy button in the error screen for quicker resolution. [caption id="attachment_176770" align="alignnone" width="620"] Text indicating the Connection status on the connection screen. Text indicating the Connection status on the connection screen.[/caption] FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (Win + F) under Desktop Environment > Switch to Cloud PC (From Task view).

Changes and Improvements gradually being rolled out to the Beta Channel with toggle on*

[General]

  • Windows 11 is transitioning from Windows Speech Recognition (WSR) to voice access. WSR is being deprecated. A dialog will pop up when WSR is opened directing you to try voice access and we have also added a banner under Settings > Accessibility > Speech as well. Voice access, our new assistive technology in Windows 11, uses on-device speech recognition, enabling control of your PC and authoring text without an internet connection. It will support multiple languages and custom commands in a future update (these features are now available for Windows Insiders to try in the Beta Channel as noted above). We recommend WSR users try and start using voice access today.
[caption id="attachment_176777" align="alignnone" width="530"] Dialog directing you to try voice access when opening Windows Speech Recognition. Dialog directing you to try voice access when opening Windows Speech Recognition.[/caption]

[Nearby Sharing]

  • We are introducing the ability to quickly give your device a more friendly name to identify sharing to and from with nearby share under Settings > System > Nearby sharing.
[caption id="attachment_176758" align="alignnone" width="620"] Give your device a more friendly name to identify sharing to and from with nearby share. Give your device a more friendly name to identify sharing to and from with nearby share.[/caption]

[Narrator]

  • Narrator users can now use voice access to open applications, dictate text and interact with elements on the screen using their voice. Narrator users can use voice access to give Narrator commands using their voice . For e.g., “speak faster”, “read next line”, etc. To get started, search for “voice access” in Windows search and set it up.

Fixes gradually being rolled out to the Beta Channel with toggle on*

[Task Manager]

  • When creating a dump file for a process, the dump file location should be selectable now, so you can copy it out.

[Desktops]

  • Made some improvements to help address an issue where the background could be seen jumping when switching between desktops.

Notepad Update

We are rolling out an update for Notepad (version 11.2311.33.0) to Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel that introduces the following improvements: Edit with Notepad: Easily access Notepad for file modifications directly from File Explorer. Just right-click on any file or multiple files in File Explorer to find the [Edit with Notepad] option in the context menu, a quick and streamlined way to open and edit files in Notepad. [caption id="attachment_176744" align="alignnone" width="320"] New Edit with Notepad option in the context menu in File Explorer. New Edit with Notepad option in the context menu in File Explorer.[/caption] Character Count: Keep track of your document’s length with the new character count display in the status bar. When text is selected, the status bar shows the character count for both the selected text and the entire document. If no text is selected, the character count for the entire document is displayed, ensuring you always have a clear view of your document’s length. [caption id="attachment_176745" align="alignnone" width="501"] Character count for selected text in Notepad. Character count for selected text in Notepad.[/caption] FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Apps > Notepad.

About the Beta Channel

The Beta Channel is the place we preview experiences that are closer to what we will ship to our general customers. Because the Dev and Beta Channels represent parallel development paths from our engineers, there may be cases where features and experiences show up in the Beta Channel first. However, this does not mean every feature we try out in the Beta Channel will ship. We encourage Insiders to read this blog post that outlines the ways we’ll try things out with Insiders in both the Dev and Beta Channels. *Getting new features: For Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel who want to be the first to get features gradually rolled out to you, you can turn ON the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available via Settings > Windows Update. Over time, we will increase the rollouts of features to everyone with the toggle turned on. Should you keep this toggle off, new features will gradually be rolled out to your device over time once they are ready. **Availability of Copilot in Windows: Copilot in Windows in preview is being rolled out gradually to Windows Insiders in select global markets. The initial markets for the Copilot in Windows preview include North America, United Kingdom and parts of Asia and South America. It is our intention to add additional markets over time.

Important Insider Links

Thanks, Amanda & Brandon

Source: Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22635.2915 (Beta Channel)
 
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Microsoft Releases the First Windows 11 Insider Builds of 2024
Microsoft has just released the first Windows 11 builds of the year for Insiders on the Canary and Dev Channels. The various Voice Access improvements that Beta Channel Insiders got to test first last month, including multi-display support and custom commands are now available for both channels. On the Dev Channel, a richer weather experience is also coming to the Lock Screen.

What’s new in the Windows 11 Canary build 26020​

If the Canary channel is mostly getting features already available on other channels today, one notable addition is a new Energy saver icon for desktop PCs. You can find more details about what’s new below:

Voice Access improvements: The accessibility feature adds support for more languages including French, German, and Spanish, and it now works on multiple displays. With Voice shortcuts, Insiders can also create custom commands that perform a series of specific actions.

Voice Access Shortcuts
The new Voice shortcuts allow users to create custom voice commands
Natural Voices Previews in Narrator: Insiders can now listen to previews of new natural voices (Chinese, Spanish, Spanish, Japanese, English, French, Portuguese, English, German, and Korean) before downloading them.

Removal of WordPad and People apps: The two apps will no longer be installed after doing a clean install. WordPad, which is now deprecated, will also be removed in a future flight.

New Energy saver icon for desktop PCs: Desktop PCs with no batteries will now display a new energy saver icon in the system tray when the new energy saver feature is on.

Energy saver icon in the Windows 11 Canary Build 26020
The new Energy saver icon for desktop PCs with no batteries
Printing improvements: Insiders can now pause and resume print jobs in the print queue for printers in the Settings app.

WhatsApp integration in Windows Share: Insiders can now share to or install WhatsApp directly from the Windows share window.

Nearby Sharing improvements: The AirDrop-like feature now lets users give their device a more friendly name.

What’s new in the Windows 11 Dev Channel build 23612​

This build is getting the same Voice access improvements I detailed above, including extended languages, multi-display support, and custom commands. The biggest change is the richer experience on the lock screen, which will roll out to a subset of Dev Channel testers.

Richer weather experience on the lock screen.
The Windows 11 lock screen is getting a richer weather card
The new experience works as a small card at the bottom of the lock screen that can provide more information when you hover your mouse over it. If you tap or click on the card, a full forecast will be opened in MSN Weather in Microsoft Edge.

While Microsoft says that this richer weather experience will be on by default, it can still be disabled by choosing “None” in Settings > Personalization > Lock screen > Lock screen status.
That’s it for what’s the biggest changes included in these first two Windows 11 Insider builds of the year. According to a recent report, Microsoft could be planning to release a “Moment 5” update in February that includes most of the features that Insiders are currently testing.
 

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Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26020 to the Canary Channel. REMINDER: As builds released to the Canary Channel are “hot off the presses,” we will offer limited documentation for builds flighted to the Canary Channel including documenting only the most significant and highly impactful known issues. Please note that we will not publish a blog post for every flight – only when new features are available in a build.

What’s new in Build 26020

Extended languages, multi-display support, and custom commands for voice access

Extended language support: We have extended voice access to support other languages such as French (France), French (Canada), German, Spanish (Spain) and Spanish (Mexico). When voice access is turned on for the first time, you will be prompted to download a speech model to enable on-device recognition of voice data. In case voice access does not find a speech model matching your display language, you can still choose to proceed ahead to use voice access in English (United States). [caption id="attachment_176786" align="alignnone" width="519"] New languages under settings on the voice access bar. New languages under settings on the voice access bar.[/caption] You can always switch to a different language by navigating to Settings > Language on the voice access bar. Multi-display support: You can now use all voice access features on multiple displays, including number and grid overlays which were previously unavailable on any display other than the primary one. The grid overlay feature has been further developed to allow you to not only interact with the screen you are currently using, but also quickly switch to another display. You can also use the drag and drop feature to move files, apps, and documents from one display to another. [caption id="attachment_176787" align="alignnone" width="729"] You can use either the alphabet or NATO phonetic in your command to shift focus to another display. You can use either the alphabet or NATO phonetic in your command to shift focus to another display.[/caption] After invoking the grid overlay, use to quickly shift to focus to another display. You can use either the alphabet or NATO phonetic in your command; for example, “B” or “Bravo” would both be valid as shown in the above screenshot. [caption id="attachment_176788" align="alignnone" width="729"] Use mouse grid command to move your mouse to a specific point on a specific display. Use mouse grid command to move your mouse to a specific point on a specific display.[/caption] You can also use the accelerated command “mouse grid ..” to quickly move your mouse to a specific point on a specific display. In this case we used “mousegrid A 114” as shown in the above screenshot. Voice shortcuts: We are introducing voice shortcuts or custom commands to enable you to create your very own command. This is currently available if you use voice access in English. Creating commands that map to single action, such as opening a URL, or a series of actions performed in sequence, is easy. To get started, say “what can I say” and click on the “Voice shortcuts” tab on the left panel, or use the command “show voice shortcuts” to directly launch the voice shortcuts page. Then, click on the Create Command button to begin the process. [caption id="attachment_176789" align="alignnone" width="729"] New voice shortcuts tab for creating custom commands in voice access. New voice shortcuts tab for creating custom commands in voice access.[/caption] Create a command by using either voice or any other input modality. Give it a name, select one or multiple actions, fill in the necessary information and then click “Create”. Your command is now ready to be used. [caption id="attachment_176790" align="alignnone" width="729"] Creating a new custom command to use in voice access. Creating a new custom command to use in voice access.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_176791" align="alignnone" width="729"] Select one or multiple actions for a custom command in voice access. Select one or multiple actions for a custom command in voice access.[/caption] You can view all the voice shortcuts you have created either from the command help page or by using the command “show voice shortcuts”. FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Accessibility > Voice Access.

Natural Voices Previews in Narrator

We are introducing previews for natural voices of 10 new locales launched in September 2023. As a reminder, those natural voices include Chinese, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Mexico), Japanese, English (UK), French, Portuguese, English (India),German and Korean. These previews will allow the users to listen to the natural voices before downloading the voice model. Natural Narrator voices use modern, on-device text to speech and once downloaded are supported without an internet connection. Please note to listen to the previews, an internet connection is required. To use one of the natural voices, add it to your PC by following these steps:
  1. Open Narrator Settings by pressing the WIN + CTRL + N hotkey.
  2. Under Narrator’s voice, select the Add button next to Add natural voices.
  3. Select the voice you want to install. You can install all voices, but you must install them separately.
  4. The preview will play automatically once you navigate through the list.
  5. If you like the preview , click on “Download and Install”. The new voice will be downloaded and ready for use in a few minutes, depending on your internet download speed.
  6. When the new voice has downloaded, in Narrator settings select your preferred voice from the drop-down menu in Narrator’s voice > Choose a voice.
[caption id="attachment_176692" align="alignnone" width="709"] When you click on a natural voice for Narrator in Settings, a preview will play automatically. When you click on a natural voice for Narrator in Settings, a preview will play automatically.[/caption] FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (Win + F) under Accessibility > Narrator.

Changes and Improvements

[General]

  • Starting with this build, the WordPad and People apps will no longer be installed after doing a clean install of the OS. In a future flight, WordPad will be removed on upgrade. WordPad will not be reinstallable. WordPad is a deprecated Windows feature. For more information on the future of the People app, click here.
  • Steps Recorder will not receive further updates and is planned for removal in a future Windows release. Starting in this build, Steps Recorder (PSR.exe) will display a new banner notification to guide users towards alternative options. We encourage our users to explore other options in Windows 11 such as Snipping tool, Xbox Game bar or Microsoft Clipchamp. For more, see this article.

[Taskbar & System Tray]

  • For PCs that are plugged in and do not have batteries (such as desktop PCs), when you turn on energy saver, we are trying out a new energy saver icon that is shown in the system tray to indicate energy saver is on. For PCs with batteries, there is no change to the experience, and you will continue to see the leaf icon overlayed on top of the battery icon in the system tray. As a reminder, battery saver is now energy saver with extended capability as of Build 26002.
[caption id="attachment_176796" align="alignnone" width="373"] Energy saver icon shown on the system tray for PCs that do not have batteries. Energy saver icon shown on the system tray for PCs that do not have batteries.[/caption]

[Task Manager]

  • [ADDED] We improved process grouping in the processes page for Task Manager.

[Printing]

  • We have added the ability to pause and resume print jobs in print queue for printers under Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Printers & scanners. This allows you to pause printing when maintenance is required for your printer such as replacing a printer cartridge. Jobs submitted are held by the spooler until the print queue is 'un-paused' by clicking resume in Settings. The ability to rename your printer directly here in these settings is coming in a later flight.
[caption id="attachment_176797" align="alignnone" width="709"] Pause and resuming print jobs in print queue for printers in Settings. Pause and resuming print jobs in print queue for printers in Settings.[/caption]

[Windows Share]

  • The Windows share window will now only show apps under “Share using” that are tied to the account you are signed into Windows with – either Microsoft account (MSA) or Microsoft Entra ID (previously Azure Active Directory). If you are signed in with an MSA, you will see Microsoft Teams (free) instead of Microsoft Teams (work or school) and not both for example.
  • The Windows share window now supports sharing with WhatsApp under the “Share using” section. If you don’t have WhatsApp installed, you can choose to install it from Windows share window directly. Over time, we plan to try this experience out with other apps as well.
[caption id="attachment_176757" align="alignnone" width="457"] Share to or install WhatsApp directly from Windows share window. Share to or install WhatsApp directly from Windows share window.[/caption]

[Nearby Sharing]

  • We are introducing the ability to quickly give your device a more friendly name to identify sharing to and from with nearby share under Settings > System > Nearby sharing.
[caption id="attachment_176758" align="alignnone" width="709"] Give your device a more friendly name to identify sharing to and from with nearby share. Give your device a more friendly name to identify sharing to and from with nearby share.[/caption]

Fixes for known issues

  • Fixed an issue causing Settings to crash when navigating to Power & Battery in the previous build.
  • Fixed an underlying issue causing the details pane in File Explorer to unexpectedly take keyboard focus sometimes.
  • Copilot will no longer rearrange or push your desktop icons when launched.
  • Fixed an issue where uncombined taskbar icons were cutting off the title instead of adjusting with the title length.
  • Fixed an issue causing Steps Recorder to not launch in the last couple builds.
  • We fixed the issue causing a loading delay when the Microsoft Start feed is reenabled in Widgets.
  • We fixed the issue causing the Widgets Board to not automatically close and reopen when enabling or disabling feeds.

Known issues

[General]

  • [REMINDER] Some popular games may not work correctly on the most recent Insider Preview builds in the Canary Channel. Starting with Build 26016, more games have been impacted by several bugs - if you're having any issues please submit feedback in Feedback Hub.
  • We’re investigating an issue where the print queue is showing a messaging saying it can’t find the app when opened. As a workaround, you can launch the print queue from the Run dialog (WIN + R) and entering: explorer.exe shell:appsFolder\Microsoft.Windows.PrintQueueActionCenter_cw5n1h2txyewy!App.
  • We’re investigating an issue causing a small number of Insiders to not be able to open Settings after Build 26010 and higher. If you are impacted, please see this forum post for a workaround.

[Widgets]

  • Announcements from the Microsoft Start feed are still shown on the taskbar after the feed is hidden.
  • Keyboard navigation from settings subpages back to the top-level Settings page is broken.
  • Incorrect spacing and fonts used in some settings pages.

For developers

You can download the latest Windows Insider SDK at aka.ms/windowsinsidersdk. SDK NuGet packages are now also flighting at NuGet Gallery | WindowsSDK which include:
These NuGet packages provide more granular access to the SDK and better integration in CI/CD pipelines. SDK flights are now published for both the Canary and Dev Channels, so be sure to choose the right version for your Insider Channel. Remember to use adaptive code when targeting new APIs to make sure your app runs on all customer machines, particularly when building against the Dev Channel SDK. Feature detection is recommended over OS version checks, as OS version checks are unreliable and will not work as expected in all cases.

About the Canary Channel

The Canary Channel is the place to preview platform changes that require longer-lead time before getting released to customers. Some examples of this include major changes to the Windows kernel, new APIs, etc. Builds that we release to the Canary Channel should not be seen as matched to any specific release of Windows and some of the changes we try out in the Canary Channel will never ship, and others could show up in future Windows releases when they’re ready. The builds that will be flighted to the Canary Channel are “hot off the presses,” flighting very soon after they are built, which means very little validation and documentation will be done before they are offered to Insiders. These builds could include major issues that could result in not being able to use your PC correctly or even in some rare cases require you to reinstall Windows. We will offer limited documentation for the Canary Channel, but we will not publish a blog post for every flight – only when new features are available in a build. Our Canary Channel won’t receive daily builds; however, we may ramp up releasing builds more frequently in the future. The desktop watermark you see at the lower right corner of your desktop is normal for these pre-release builds. *Availability of Copilot in Windows: Copilot in Windows in preview is being rolled out gradually to Windows Insiders in select global markets. The initial markets for the Copilot in Windows preview include North America, United Kingdom and parts of Asia and South America. It is our intention to add additional markets over time.

Important Insider Links

Thanks, Amanda & Brandon

Source: Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26020 (Canary Channel)
 

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Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23612 to the Dev Channel.

What’s new in Build 23612

Richer weather experience on the lock screen

We are introducing a richer weather experience to your lock screen. This includes dynamic, interactive weather updates. So, as you hover over the weather experience on your lock screen, you will see more information. When you tap or click on the weather card and sign in, Microsoft Edge opens with the full forecast in MSN Weather. If you already use Weather under Settings > Personalization > Lock screen > Lock screen status, there is nothing for you to do. Also, this new experience will be on by default. Should you not want to see this experience, you can change your lock screen status to “None.” This rich weather experience is available when you lock your screen no matter which personalization option you select (Windows spotlight, Picture, or Slideshow). [caption id="attachment_176800" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Richer weather experience on the lock screen. Richer weather experience on the lock screen.[/caption] [We are beginning to roll this out starting with EN-US only, so the experience isn’t available to all Insiders in the Dev Channel just yet as we plan to monitor feedback and see how it lands before pushing it out to everyone.] FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Desktop Environment > Lock screen.

Extended languages, multi-display support, and custom commands for voice access

Extended language support: We have extended voice access to support other languages such as French (France), French (Canada), German, Spanish (Spain) and Spanish (Mexico). When voice access is turned on for the first time, you will be prompted to download a speech model to enable on-device recognition of voice data. In case voice access does not find a speech model matching your display language, you can still choose to proceed ahead to use voice access in English (United States). [caption id="attachment_176786" align="alignnone" width="519"] New languages under settings on the voice access bar. New languages under settings on the voice access bar.[/caption] You can always switch to a different language by navigating to Settings > Language on the voice access bar. Multi-display support: You can now use all voice access features on multiple displays, including number and grid overlays which were previously unavailable on any display other than the primary one. The grid overlay feature has been further developed to allow you to not only interact with the screen you are currently using, but also quickly switch to another display. You can also use the drag and drop feature to move files, apps, and documents from one display to another. [caption id="attachment_176787" align="alignnone" width="729"] You can use either the alphabet or NATO phonetic in your command to shift focus to another display. You can use either the alphabet or NATO phonetic in your command to shift focus to another display.[/caption] After invoking the grid overlay, use to quickly shift to focus to another display. You can use either the alphabet or NATO phonetic in your command; for example, “B” or “Bravo” would both be valid as shown in the above screenshot. [caption id="attachment_176788" align="alignnone" width="729"] Use mouse grid command to move your mouse to a specific point on a specific display. Use mouse grid command to move your mouse to a specific point on a specific display.[/caption] You can also use the accelerated command “mouse grid ..” to quickly move your mouse to a specific point on a specific display. In this case we used “mousegrid A 114” as shown in the above screenshot. Voice shortcuts: We are introducing voice shortcuts or custom commands to enable you to create your very own command. This is currently available if you use voice access in English. Creating commands that map to single action, such as opening a URL, or a series of actions performed in sequence, is easy. To get started, say “what can I say” and click on the “Voice shortcuts” tab on the left panel, or use the command “show voice shortcuts” to directly launch the voice shortcuts page. Then, click on the Create Command button to begin the process. [caption id="attachment_176789" align="alignnone" width="729"] New voice shortcuts tab for creating custom commands in voice access. New voice shortcuts tab for creating custom commands in voice access.[/caption] Create a command by using either voice or any other input modality. Give it a name, select one or multiple actions, fill in the necessary information and then click “Create”. Your command is now ready to be used. [caption id="attachment_176790" align="alignnone" width="729"] Creating a new custom command to use in voice access. Creating a new custom command to use in voice access.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_176791" align="alignnone" width="729"] Select one or multiple actions for a custom command in voice access. Select one or multiple actions for a custom command in voice access.[/caption] You can view all the voice shortcuts you have created either from the command help page or by using the command “show voice shortcuts”. FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Accessibility > Voice Access.

Changes and Improvements

[Settings]

  • Optional features previously listed under Settings > Apps has moved to its own page under Settings > System.

Fixes

[Start menu]

  • Fixed an issue which was causing the text input indicator to appear floating when you opened Start menu.

[File Explorer]

  • Made a change to help fix an issue which could cause the spacing between your desktop icons to become extremely wide.
  • Fixed an issue which could cause explorer.exe to crash when opening the context menu in file explorer if multiple files were selected.

[Widgets]

  • We fixed the issue causing a loading delay when the Microsoft Start feed is reenabled.
  • We fixed the issue causing the Widgets Board to not automatically close and reopen when enabling or disabling feeds.
NOTE: Some fixes noted here in Insider Preview builds from the Dev Channel may make their way into the servicing updates for the released version of Windows 11.

Known issues

[Copilot in Windows*]

  • When first launching or after refreshing Copilot in Windows while using voice access, you'll need to use "Show grid" commands to click in the "Ask me anything" box for the first time.

[Widgets]

  • Announcements from the Microsoft Start feed are still shown on the taskbar after the feed is hidden.
  • Keyboard navigation from settings subpages back to the top-level Settings page is broken.
  • Incorrect spacing and fonts used in some settings pages.

For developers

You can download the latest Windows Insider SDK at aka.ms/windowsinsidersdk. SDK NuGet packages are now also flighting at NuGet Gallery | WindowsSDK which include:
These NuGet packages provide more granular access to the SDK and better integration in CI/CD pipelines. SDK flights are now published for both the Canary and Dev Channels, so be sure to choose the right version for your Insider Channel. Remember to use adaptive code when targeting new APIs to make sure your app runs on all customer machines, particularly when building against the Dev Channel SDK. Feature detection is recommended over OS version checks, as OS version checks are unreliable and will not work as expected in all cases.

About the Dev Channel

REMINDER: The Dev Channel has been rebooted. Windows Insiders who were in the Dev Channel on 25000 series builds have been moved to the new Canary Channel. Going forward, the Dev Channel will receive 23000 series builds. Insiders who were moved to the Canary Channel and want to move back to the Dev Channel can follow these instructions to do a clean installation of Windows 11 and then re-join the Dev Channel to receive 23000 series builds. The Dev Channel receives builds that represent long lead work from our engineers with features and experiences that may never get released as we try out different concepts and get feedback. It is important to remember that the builds we release to the Dev Channel should not be seen as matched to any specific release of Windows and the features included may change over time, be removed, or replaced in Insider builds or may never be released beyond Windows Insiders to general customers. For more information, please read this blog post about how we plan to use the Dev Channel to incubate new ideas, work on long lead items, and control the states of individual features. In some cases, features and experiences may go out to the Canary Channel first before going out to the Dev Channel however the Dev Channel will provide better platform stability. As we get closer to shipping, some features and experiences will also make their way to the Beta Channel when they are ready. The desktop watermark you see at the lower right corner of your desktop is normal for these pre-release builds. *Availability of Copilot in Windows: Copilot in Windows in preview is being rolled out gradually to Windows Insiders in select global markets. The initial markets for the Copilot in Windows preview include North America, United Kingdom and parts of Asia and South America. It is our intention to add additional markets over time.

Important Insider Links

Thanks, Amanda & Brandon

Source: Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23612 (Dev Channel)
 

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Thank you for sharing the details about Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23612! Here's a breakdown of the new features, improvements, fixes, known issues, and developer updates mentioned in the announcement:

What's new in Build 23612

1. Richer weather experience on the lock screen: The lock screen now offers a dynamic and interactive weather experience. Hovering over the weather display provides more information, and tapping or clicking on it opens the full forecast in MSN Weather.

2. Extended languages, multi-display support, and custom commands for voice access: Voice access now supports additional languages such as French, German, and Spanish. Multi-display support has been enhanced, allowing users to interact with multiple displays and easily switch between them. Custom voice commands can also be created for specific actions.

Changes and Improvements

- Optional features previously listed under Settings > Apps have been moved to their own page under Settings > System.

Fixes

- The text input indicator no longer appears floating when opening the Start menu.
- The spacing between desktop icons will no longer become extremely wide.
- Explorer.exe no longer crashes when opening the context menu in File Explorer with multiple files selected.
- Loading delays and issues with the Widgets Board have been resolved.

Known issues

- When using voice access in Copilot in Windows, users need to use "Show grid" commands to click in the "Ask me anything" box for the first time.
- Announcements from the Microsoft Start feed may still appear on the taskbar after the feed is hidden.
- Keyboard navigation from settings subpages back to the top-level Settings page is broken.
- Some settings pages may have incorrect spacing and fonts.

For developers

- The latest Windows Insider SDK can be downloaded at aka.ms/windowsinsidersdk.
- SDK NuGet packages are now available at NuGet Gallery | WindowsSDK, providing more granular access to the SDK and better integration in CI/CD pipelines.
- Adaptive code and feature detection are recommended when targeting new APIs to ensure compatibility with different customer machines.

About the Dev Channel

- The Dev Channel has been rebooted, and Windows Insiders who were previously in the Dev Channel on 25000 series builds have been moved to the new Canary Channel.
- The Dev Channel now receives 23000 series builds, representing long lead work and experimental features.
- The desktop watermark in the lower right corner is normal for pre-release builds.

You can find more information and links in the original announcement post.
 

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Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22635.2921 (KB5034212) to the Beta Channel.

REMINDER: All Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel will now be on the same build (Build 22635.xxxx) via an enablement package. For Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel who want to be the first to get features gradually rolled out to you, you can turn ON the toggle (shown in the image below) to get the latest updates as they are available via Settings > Windows Update. Over time, we will increase the rollouts of features to everyone with the toggle turned on. Should you keep this toggle off, new features will gradually be rolled out to your device over time once they are ready.

Turn on the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available to get new features rolled out to you. Turn on the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available to get new features rolled out to you.
Going forward, we will document changes in Beta Channel builds in two buckets: new features, improvements, and fixes that are being gradually rolled out for Insiders who have turned on the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available and then new features, improvements, and fixes available to everyone in the Beta Channel.

Fixes gradually being rolled out to the Beta Channel with toggle on*

[General]

  • This update includes a handful of fixes to improve overall reliability.

[Input]

  • Fixed a high hitting tabtip.exe crash which was impacting the ability for some Windows Insiders to input text.

About the Beta Channel

The Beta Channel is the place we preview experiences that are closer to what we will ship to our general customers. Because the Dev and Beta Channels represent parallel development paths from our engineers, there may be cases where features and experiences show up in the Beta Channel first. However, this does not mean every feature we try out in the Beta Channel will ship. We encourage Insiders to read this blog post that outlines the ways we’ll try things out with Insiders in both the Dev and Beta Channels.

*Getting new features: For Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel who want to be the first to get features gradually rolled out to you, you can turn ON the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available via Settings > Windows Update. Over time, we will increase the rollouts of features to everyone with the toggle turned on. Should you keep this toggle off, new features will gradually be rolled out to your device over time once they are ready.

**Availability of Copilot in Windows: Copilot in Windows in preview is being rolled out gradually to Windows Insiders in select global markets. The initial markets for the Copilot in Windows preview include North America, United Kingdom and parts of Asia and South America. It is our intention to add additional markets over time.

Important Insider Links

Thanks,
Amanda & Brandon

Source: Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22635.2921 (Beta Channel)
 
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Thank you for sharing the announcement about Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22635.2921 (KB5034212) in the Beta Channel. This build brings some fixes and improvements to enhance the overall reliability of the operating system. Let's take a closer look at the details:

Fixes gradually being rolled out to the Beta Channel with toggle on:
- General:
- This update includes a handful of fixes to improve overall reliability.

- Input:
- Fixed a high-hitting tabtip.exe crash that was impacting the ability for some Windows Insiders to input text.

About the Beta Channel:
The Beta Channel is where Microsoft previews experiences that are closer to what will be shipped to general customers. While features and experiences may show up in the Beta Channel first, it doesn't guarantee that every feature will be shipped. Microsoft encourages Insiders to read a blog post that outlines how they will try things out with Insiders in both the Dev and Beta Channels.

Getting new features:
For Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel who want to be the first to receive gradually rolled out features, they can turn on the toggle in Settings > Windows Update to get the latest updates as they become available. Over time, Microsoft will increase the rollouts of features to everyone with the toggle turned on. If the toggle is kept off, new features will be rolled out gradually to devices over time once they are ready.

Availability of Copilot in Windows:
Copilot in Windows is being rolled out gradually to Windows Insiders in select global markets. The initial markets for the Copilot in Windows preview include North America, the United Kingdom, and parts of Asia and South America. Microsoft intends to add additional markets over time.

Important Insider Links:
- Inside Windows 11 website: Insiders can visit this website to learn how Microsoft made Windows 11 and hear from the makers in Engineering, Design, and Research.
- Windows Insider Program documentation: Insiders can check out the Windows Insider Program documentation for more information.
- Flight Hub: Insiders can visit Flight Hub for a complete look at which build is in which Insider channel.

Thank you, Amanda & Brandon, for sharing this update.
 

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Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23615 to the Dev Channel. We are releasing ISOs for this build – they can be downloaded here.

What’s new in Build 23615

USB 80Gbps

We are excited to announce support for the latest generation USB standard, USB 80Gbps, in this build of Windows. USB 80Gbps support will initially launch on select devices based on the Intel Core 14th Gen HX-series mobile processors, such as the new Razer Blade 18. This is the first major version update of the USB4®standard and increases performance to 80Gbps from 40Gbps. It enables the next generation of high-performance displays, storage, and connectivity. It is fully backwards compatible with peripherals built for older generations of USB and Thunderbolt™ and works alongside all other USB Type-C features. FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Devices and Drivers > Buses.

Changes and Improvements

[Copilot in Windows*]

  • We are trying out opening Copilot automatically when Windows starts on widescreen devices with some Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. This can be managed via Settings > Personalization > Copilot. Note that this is rolling out so not all Insiders in the Dev Channel will see this right away.
[caption id="attachment_176809" align="alignnone" width="508"] New Copilot Settings page. New Copilot Settings page.[/caption]

[Windows Share]

  • For Microsoft Edge and other browsers that invoke the Windows share window, the Windows share window now supports the ability to share URLs directly to WhatsApp, Gmail, X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, and LinkedIn. In Microsoft Edge, you can invoke the Windows share window by clicking the share icon at the top right in the toolbar and choosing the Windows share options.
[caption id="attachment_176810" align="alignnone" width="348"] New share targets for sharing links through the Windows share window. New share targets for sharing links through the Windows share window.[/caption]

Fixes

[Task Manager]

  • Fixed an issue which was impacting Task Manager reliability for some Insiders.

[Windows Share]

  • Fixed an issue which was impacting Windows share window reliability for some Insiders.
NOTE: Some fixes noted here in Insider Preview builds from the Dev Channel may make their way into the servicing updates for the released version of Windows 11.

Known issues

[Copilot in Windows*]

  • When first launching or after refreshing Copilot in Windows while using voice access, you'll need to use "Show grid" commands to click in the "Ask me anything" box for the first time.

[Widgets]

  • Announcements from the Microsoft Start feed are still shown on the taskbar after the feed is hidden.
  • Keyboard navigation from settings subpages back to the top-level Settings page is broken.
  • Incorrect spacing and fonts used in some settings pages.

For developers

You can download the latest Windows Insider SDK at aka.ms/windowsinsidersdk. SDK NuGet packages are now also flighting at NuGet Gallery | WindowsSDK which include:
These NuGet packages provide more granular access to the SDK and better integration in CI/CD pipelines. SDK flights are now published for both the Canary and Dev Channels, so be sure to choose the right version for your Insider Channel. Remember to use adaptive code when targeting new APIs to make sure your app runs on all customer machines, particularly when building against the Dev Channel SDK. Feature detection is recommended over OS version checks, as OS version checks are unreliable and will not work as expected in all cases.

About the Dev Channel

REMINDER: The Dev Channel has been rebooted. Windows Insiders who were in the Dev Channel on 25000 series builds have been moved to the new Canary Channel. Going forward, the Dev Channel will receive 23000 series builds. Insiders who were moved to the Canary Channel and want to move back to the Dev Channel can follow these instructions to do a clean installation of Windows 11 and then re-join the Dev Channel to receive 23000 series builds. The Dev Channel receives builds that represent long lead work from our engineers with features and experiences that may never get released as we try out different concepts and get feedback. It is important to remember that the builds we release to the Dev Channel should not be seen as matched to any specific release of Windows and the features included may change over time, be removed, or replaced in Insider builds or may never be released beyond Windows Insiders to general customers. For more information, please read this blog post about how we plan to use the Dev Channel to incubate new ideas, work on long lead items, and control the states of individual features. In some cases, features and experiences may go out to the Canary Channel first before going out to the Dev Channel however the Dev Channel will provide better platform stability. As we get closer to shipping, some features and experiences will also make their way to the Beta Channel when they are ready. The desktop watermark you see at the lower right corner of your desktop is normal for these pre-release builds. *Availability of Copilot in Windows: Copilot in Windows in preview is being rolled out gradually to Windows Insiders in select global markets. The initial markets for the Copilot in Windows preview include North America, United Kingdom and parts of Asia and South America. It is our intention to add additional markets over time.

Important Insider Links

Thanks, Amanda & Brandon

Source: Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23615 (Dev Channel)
 

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Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22635.3061 (KB5034215) to the Beta Channel. REMINDER: All Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel will now be on the same build (Build 22635.xxxx) via an enablement package. For Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel who want to be the first to get features gradually rolled out to you, you can turn ON the toggle (shown in the image below) to get the latest updates as they are available via Settings > Windows Update. Over time, we will increase the rollouts of features to everyone with the toggle turned on. Should you keep this toggle off, new features will gradually be rolled out to your device over time once they are ready. [caption id="attachment_176587" align="alignnone" width="685"] Turn on the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available to get new features rolled out to you. Turn on the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available to get new features rolled out to you.[/caption] Going forward, we will document changes in Beta Channel builds in two buckets: new features, improvements, and fixes that are being gradually rolled out for Insiders who have turned on the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available and then new features, improvements, and fixes available to everyone in the Beta Channel.

Changes and Improvements gradually being rolled out to the Beta Channel with toggle on*

[Windows Share]

  • For Microsoft Edge and other browsers that invoke the Windows share window, the Windows share window now supports the ability to share URLs directly to WhatsApp, Gmail, X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, and LinkedIn. In Microsoft Edge, you can invoke the Windows share window by clicking the share icon at the top right in the toolbar and choosing the Windows share options.
[caption id="attachment_176810" align="alignnone" width="348"] New share targets for sharing links through the Windows share window. New share targets for sharing links through the Windows share window.[/caption]

Fixes gradually being rolled out to the Beta Channel with toggle on*

[General]

  • This update includes a handful of fixes to improve overall reliability.

New features for everyone in the Beta Channel

Richer weather experience on the lock screen

We are introducing a richer weather experience to your lock screen. This includes dynamic, interactive weather updates. So, as you hover over the weather experience on your lock screen, you will see more information. When you tap or click on the weather card and sign in, Microsoft Edge opens with the full forecast in MSN Weather. If you already use Weather under Settings > Personalization > Lock screen > Lock screen status, there is nothing for you to do. Also, this new experience will be on by default. Should you not want to see this experience, you can change your lock screen status to “None.” This rich weather experience is available when you lock your screen no matter which personalization option you select (Windows spotlight, Picture, or Slideshow). [caption id="attachment_176800" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Richer weather experience on the lock screen. Richer weather experience on the lock screen..[/caption] [We are beginning to roll this out starting with EN-US only, so the experience isn’t available to all Insiders in the Beta Channel just yet as we plan to monitor feedback and see how it lands before pushing it out to everyone.] FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Desktop Environment > Lock screen.

Changes and Improvements gradually being rolled out to everyone in the Beta Channel

[Settings]

  • We’re beginning to update references to Azure Active Directory (AAD) to Microsoft Entra ID in Settings.

Fixes for everyone in the Beta Channel

  • This update addresses an issue that affects the spellchecker.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the ActiveX scroll bar. It does not work in IE mode.

Microsoft Store Update

Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel running version 22312.xxxx.x of the Microsoft Store and higher will see the following improvement rolling out: Launch Instant Arcade games while browsing: In recent months, we announced Instant Arcade where you can play some games without the need to download them. Now, you’ll be able to launch these games directly while browsing or in search results. Simply hover over the instant arcade game and click the Play Now button. Notifications for app installations: When you initiate a download from the Microsoft Store, we’ll send you a notification when your app is installed and ready to use. This can be toggled off in the store’s settings page. [caption id="attachment_176804" align="alignnone" width="341"] Notification from Store when your app is installed and ready to use. Notification from Store when your app is installed and ready to use.[/caption] Performance improvements when installing from search or browsing: We made things a little faster when you install products from the search results page or while browsing. Animations are smoother and more seamless. FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Microsoft Store.

About the Beta Channel

The Beta Channel is the place we preview experiences that are closer to what we will ship to our general customers. Because the Dev and Beta Channels represent parallel development paths from our engineers, there may be cases where features and experiences show up in the Beta Channel first. However, this does not mean every feature we try out in the Beta Channel will ship. We encourage Insiders to read this blog post that outlines the ways we’ll try things out with Insiders in both the Dev and Beta Channels. *Getting new features: For Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel who want to be the first to get features gradually rolled out to you, you can turn ON the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available via Settings > Windows Update. Over time, we will increase the rollouts of features to everyone with the toggle turned on. Should you keep this toggle off, new features will gradually be rolled out to your device over time once they are ready. **Availability of Copilot in Windows: Copilot in Windows in preview is being rolled out gradually to Windows Insiders in select global markets. The initial markets for the Copilot in Windows preview include North America, United Kingdom and parts of Asia and South America. It is our intention to add additional markets over time.

Important Insider Links

Thanks, Amanda & Brandon

Source: Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22635.3061 (Beta Channel)
 

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Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing Windows 11 Builds 22621.3078 and 22631.3078 (KB5034204) to Insiders in the Release Preview Channel on Windows 11, version 22H2 (Build 22621) and version 23H2 (Build 22631). This update includes the following features and improvements:
  • New! We are beginning to expanding the ability to use digital handwriting (inking) in some edit boxes for Windows Ink to the following languages and locales: Chinese Simplified (People’s Republic of China), English (Australia), English (Canada), English (India), English (United Kingdom), French (Canada), French (France), German (Germany), Italian (Italy), Japanese (Japan), Korean (Korea), Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish (Mexico), and Spanish (Spain). This also includes more accurate recognition technology, gestures to delete, select, join, and split words and also gesture to insert a new line.
  • New! This update adds a feature for eye control system settings. You can back up these settings from the former device while you set up a new device. Then those settings will install automatically on the new device so you can use them when you reach the desktop.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects certain types of 7-Zip files. They appear as empty in File Explorer.
  • This update addresses an issue that stops search from working on the Start menu for some users. The issue occurs because of a deadlock.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 (WPA3) in the Group Policy editor. HTML preview rendering fails.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). A caching issue occurs. The issue causes CurrentTimeZone to change to the wrong value.
  • This update makes Windows more reliable during power transitions. This reduces the risk of a stop error.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the OpenType font driver. On a certain architecture, the issue might affect how text renders for third-party applications.
  • The update addresses a known issue that affects the color font format for COLRv1. It now renders properly. Windows uses this format to display emoji with a 3D-like appearance.
  • This update addresses an issue to make video calls more reliable.
  • This update addresses an issue that stops WMI from working. This occurs in certain scenarios with mobile device management (MDM) providers, such as Microsoft Intune.
  • This update addresses a known issue that affects BitLocker data-only encryption. An MDM service, such as Microsoft Intune, might not get the right data.
  • This update addresses an issue that causes your device to stop responding. This is intermittent and occurs after you install a print support app.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Access Point Name (APN) profiles. It stops you from automatically configuring APN profiles for cellular enabled devices. This occurs when you run the “netsh mbn show readyinfo *” command.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Trusted Platform Modules. On certain devices, they did not initialize correctly. Because of this, TPM-based scenarios stopped working.
  • This update includes quarterly changes to the Windows Kernel Vulnerable Driver Blocklist file, DriverSiPolicy.p7b. It adds to the list of drivers that are at risk for Bring Your Own Vulnerable Driver (BYOVD) attacks.
  • This update affects Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Secure Boot systems. It adds a renewed signing certificate to the Secure Boot DB variable. You can now opt for this change.
  • This update addresses an issue that makes the troubleshooting process fail. This occurs when you use the Get Help app.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects RemoteApp windows. In certain cases, they persist on client devices after you close them.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects a remote desktop client. It might connect to a wrong instance of a user's session. This occurs if a user has multiple sessions on the host.
  • This update addresses an issue that occurs when you change the keyboard language. The change fails to apply to RemoteApps in some scenarios.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the File Explorer Gallery. It stops you from closing a tooltip.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) Audio earbuds. They lose sound when you stream music.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects a Bluetooth phone call. It stops the audio from routing through the PC when you answer the call on your PC.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Windows Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) Post Authentication Actions (PAA). The actions occur at restart instead of at the end of the grace period.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Active Directory. Bind requests to IPv6 addresses fail. This occurs when the requestor is not joined to a domain.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the LocalUsersAndGroups CSP. It stops processing group memberships if it cannot find a group.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Group Policy Folder Redirection in a multi-forest deployment. The issue stops you from choosing a group account from the target domain. Because of this, you cannot apply advanced folder redirection settings to that domain. This issue occurs when the target domain has a one-way trust with the domain of the admin user. This issue affects all Enhanced Security Admin Environment (ESAE), Hardened Forests (HF) or Privileged Access Management (PAM) deployments.
Thanks, Windows Insider Program Team

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Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 10 22H2 Build 19045.3992 (KB5034203) to the Release Preview Channel for those Insiders who are on Windows 10, version 22H2. This update includes the following features and improvements:
  • New! This update adds a feature for eye control system settings. You can back up these settings from the former device while you set up a new device. Then those settings will install automatically on the new device so you can use them when you reach the desktop.
  • New! The coming weeks will bring a richer weather experience to your lock screen. This includes dynamic, interactive weather updates. So, as you hover over the weather on your lock screen, you will see more information. When you tap or click on the weather card and sign in, Microsoft Edge opens with the full forecast in MSN weather. If you already use Weather in Settings > Personalization > lock screen > Lock screen status, there is nothing for you to do. Also, this new experience will be on by default if Lock screen status is set to “None.” Like today, lock screen status will be available when you lock your screen no matter which personalization option you select (Windows spotlight, Picture, or Slideshow).
  • This update addresses an issue that affects an Internet Explorer shortcut. After you use a policy to remove it, the shortcut reappears.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). A caching issue occurs. The issue causes CurrentTimeZone to change to the wrong value.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects XPath queries on FileHash and other binary fields. It stops them from matching values in event records.
  • This update addresses a known issue that affects BitLocker data-only encryption. A mobile device management (MDM) service, such as Microsoft Intune, might not get the right data.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects some single-function printers. They might install as a scanner.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the Code Integrity Module (ci.dll). This issue stops your device from responding.
  • This update includes quarterly changes to the Windows Kernel Vulnerable Driver Blocklist file, DriverSiPolicy.p7b. It adds to the list of drivers that are at risk for Bring Your Own Vulnerable Driver (BYOVD) attacks.
  • This update affects Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Secure Boot systems. It adds a renewed signing certificate to the Secure Boot DB variable. You can now opt for this change.
  • This update addresses an issue that stops you from reconnecting to an existing Remote Desktop session. Instead, you get a new one.
  • This update addresses an issue that occurs when you change the keyboard language. The change fails to apply to RemoteApps in some scenarios.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Windows Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) Post Authentication Actions (PAA). The actions occur at restart instead of at the end of the grace period.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Active Directory. Bind requests to IPv6 addresses fail. This occurs when the requestor is not joined to a domain.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the LocalUsersAndGroups CSP. It stops processing group memberships if it cannot find a group.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects deleted cloud files. When a cloud provider vetoes a deletion request, the files might still be removed.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects MSIX applications. They do not open, and, in some cases, they make the host unresponsive. This occurs when they use MSIX App Attach with a CimFS image.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Group Policy Folder Redirection in a multi-forest deployment. The issue stops you from choosing a group account from the target domain. Because of this, you cannot apply advanced folder redirection settings to that domain. This issue occurs when the target domain has a one-way trust with the domain of the admin user. This issue affects all Enhanced Security Admin Environment (ESAE), Hardened Forests (HF) or Privileged Access Management (PAM) deployments.
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Thank you for sharing the details of the Windows 11 Builds 22621.3078 and 22631.3078 (KB5034204) release for Insiders in the Release Preview Channel. This update brings several new features, improvements, and bug fixes to enhance the Windows 11 experience.

One of the notable additions is the expansion of digital handwriting (inking) support to various languages and locales, including Chinese Simplified, English (Australia, Canada, India, United Kingdom), French (Canada, France), German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish (Mexico, Spain). This update also includes more accurate recognition technology and new gestures for deleting, selecting, joining, and splitting words, as well as inserting a new line.

Another new feature is the ability to back up eye control system settings from a former device and automatically install them on a new device, making it easier for users to retain their preferred settings.

Several issues have been addressed in this update, such as 7-Zip files appearing as empty in File Explorer, search not working on the Start menu for some users due to a deadlock, Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 (WPA3) issues in the Group Policy editor, caching issues with Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), and more. These fixes aim to improve the stability, reliability, and functionality of Windows 11.

Additionally, this update includes quarterly changes to the Windows Kernel Vulnerable Driver Blocklist file, DriverSiPolicy.p7b, to mitigate Bring Your Own Vulnerable Driver (BYOVD) attacks. There are also improvements related to UEFI Secure Boot systems, troubleshooting processes, RemoteApp windows, remote desktop client connections, keyboard language changes, File Explorer Gallery, Bluetooth audio issues, Active Directory, LocalUsersAndGroups CSP, and Group Policy Folder Redirection in multi-forest deployments.

Overall, this release brings a range of enhancements and bug fixes to improve the user experience, stability, and security of Windows 11. Insiders in the Release Preview Channel can now benefit from these updates and provide feedback to help Microsoft further refine the operating system.
 
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Thank you for sharing the announcement of Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22635.3061 (KB5034215) in the Beta Channel. This build brings several changes, improvements, and fixes that are gradually being rolled out to Windows Insiders.

One of the new features being rolled out is the ability to share URLs directly to WhatsApp, Gmail, X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, and LinkedIn through the Windows share window. This feature is available in Microsoft Edge and other browsers that invoke the Windows share window.

In terms of fixes, this update includes a handful of improvements to enhance overall reliability.

For everyone in the Beta Channel, there is a new richer weather experience on the lock screen. This feature provides dynamic and interactive weather updates. By hovering over the weather experience on the lock screen, you can see more information. Tapping or clicking on the weather card and signing in will open Microsoft Edge with the full forecast in MSN Weather. This new experience is on by default, but you can change your lock screen status to "None" if you don't want to see it.

There are also changes and improvements gradually being rolled out to everyone in the Beta Channel. One of these changes is the update of references to Azure Active Directory (AAD) to Microsoft Entra ID in Settings.

In terms of fixes for everyone in the Beta Channel, this update addresses issues with the spellchecker and the ActiveX scroll bar in IE mode.

Additionally, there is a Microsoft Store update for Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel running version 22312.xxxx.x and higher. This update includes the ability to launch Instant Arcade games while browsing, notifications for app installations, and performance improvements when installing from search or browsing.

It's important to note that the Beta Channel is where Microsoft previews experiences that are closer to what will be shipped to general customers. Features and experiences may show up in the Beta Channel first, but not all of them will necessarily ship.

Thank you for sharing the important insider links as well. Windows Insiders can visit the Inside Windows 11 website to learn more about how Windows 11 was made, check out the Windows Insider Program documentation, and visit Flight Hub for a complete look at which build is in which Insider channel.

Overall, this update brings several new features, improvements, and fixes to Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel, gradually rolling out to provide a better user experience.
 

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Thank you for sharing the details about Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23615 from the Dev Channel. Here's a breakdown of the new features, changes, improvements, fixes, known issues, and information for developers:

What's new in Build 23615
- USB 80Gbps: This build introduces support for the latest generation USB standard, USB 80Gbps. It initially launches on select devices based on the Intel Core 14th Gen HX-series mobile processors, such as the Razer Blade 18. USB 80Gbps increases performance to 80Gbps from 40Gbps and enables high-performance displays, storage, and connectivity.
- Feedback: Users are encouraged to provide feedback on USB 80Gbps support in the Feedback Hub under Devices and Drivers > Buses.

Changes and Improvements
- Copilot in Windows: Copilot will now open automatically when Windows starts on widescreen devices for some Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. This can be managed in Settings > Personalization > Copilot.
- Windows Share: The Windows share window now supports sharing URLs directly to WhatsApp, Gmail, X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, and LinkedIn. This enhancement is available for Microsoft Edge and other browsers that invoke the Windows share window.

Fixes
- Task Manager: An issue impacting Task Manager reliability for some Insiders has been fixed.
- Windows Share: An issue impacting Windows share window reliability for some Insiders has been fixed.

Known issues
- Copilot in Windows: When launching or refreshing Copilot in Windows using voice access, users will need to use "Show grid" commands to click in the "Ask me anything" box for the first time.
- Widgets: Announcements from the Microsoft Start feed are still shown on the taskbar after the feed is hidden. Keyboard navigation from settings subpages back to the top-level Settings page is broken. Incorrect spacing and fonts are used in some settings pages.

For developers
- Windows Insider SDK: The latest Windows Insider SDK can be downloaded at aka.ms/windowsinsidersdk. SDK NuGet packages are now available at NuGet Gallery | WindowsSDK, providing more granular access to the SDK and better integration in CI/CD pipelines.
- Canary and Dev Channels: SDK flights are now published for both the Canary and Dev Channels. Developers should choose the right version for their Insider Channel. Adaptive code is recommended when targeting new APIs to ensure app compatibility across customer machines.

About the Dev Channel
- The Dev Channel has been rebooted, and Windows Insiders who were in the Dev Channel on 25000 series builds have been moved to the new Canary Channel. The Dev Channel now receives 23000 series builds, representing long lead work with features and experiences that may never get released. The builds should not be seen as matched to any specific release of Windows, and features may change, be removed, or replaced over time.
- Copilot in Windows is gradually rolling out to Windows Insiders in select global markets, with intentions to add additional markets over time.

For more information and important links, please refer to the source link provided.
 

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Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23619 to the Dev Channel.

What’s new in Build 23619

Instantly access new photos and screenshots from your mobile device

We are also beginning to gradually roll out a new feature for Windows that introduces the ability to effortlessly access and edit your most recent photos and screenshots from your Android mobile device in Snipping Tool on your PC. With this feature, you’ll receive instant notifications on your PC whenever a new photo or screenshot is captured on your Android device. [caption id="attachment_176819" align="alignnone" width="465"] Windows notification prompting to open capture in Snipping Tool for markup. Windows notification prompting to open capture in Snipping Tool for markup.[/caption] To enable this experience, go to Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Mobile devices (this settings page was updated with Build 26016 in the Canary Channel and Build 23606 in the Dev Channel) and choose “Manage devices” and allow your PC to access your Android phone. Your PC will get a Cross Device Experience Host update in the Microsoft Store that is required for this experience to work. [caption id="attachment_176820" align="alignnone" width="379"] New settings window for managing mobile devices that are allowed to connect to your PC. New settings window for managing mobile devices that are allowed to connect to your PC.[/caption] This new experience replaces the remote capture with Phone Link experience that was announced back in September. [We are beginning to roll this out to Windows Insiders in BOTH the Canary and Dev Channels this week, so the experience isn’t available to all Insiders just yet as we plan to monitor feedback before pushing it out to everyone.] FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Devices and Drivers > Linked devices.

Changes and Improvements

[Start menu]

  • For people logged into Windows 11 Pro or Enterprise editions with a Microsoft Entra ID account, we are trying out the ability to view and join upcoming Microsoft Teams meetings directly from the Start menu. The next online Teams meeting will show up as a Recommended item 5 minutes before it begins, clicking the meeting recommendation will open the join meeting flow in Teams.
[caption id="attachment_176821" align="alignnone" width="419"] Join upcoming Microsoft Teams meetings directly Start menu. Join upcoming Microsoft Teams meetings directly Start menu.[/caption]

Fixes

[File Explorer]

  • Did some more work to help improve the launch performance of File Explorer.

[Task Manager]

  • Fixed an issue where dragging the Task Manager window wouldn’t work if your mouse was on the search box.

[Other]

  • Fixed a crash when you tried to add natural voices for Narrator in Settings.
NOTE: Some fixes noted here in Insider Preview builds from the Dev Channel may make their way into the servicing updates for the released version of Windows 11.

Known issues

[Copilot in Windows*]

  • When first launching or after refreshing Copilot in Windows while using voice access, you'll need to use "Show grid" commands to click in the "Ask me anything" box for the first time.

[Widgets]

  • Announcements from the Microsoft Start feed are still shown on the taskbar after the feed is hidden.
  • Keyboard navigation from settings subpages back to the top-level Settings page is broken.
  • Incorrect spacing and fonts used in some settings pages.

For developers

You can download the latest Windows Insider SDK at aka.ms/windowsinsidersdk. SDK NuGet packages are now also flighting at NuGet Gallery | WindowsSDK which include:
These NuGet packages provide more granular access to the SDK and better integration in CI/CD pipelines. SDK flights are now published for both the Canary and Dev Channels, so be sure to choose the right version for your Insider Channel. Remember to use adaptive code when targeting new APIs to make sure your app runs on all customer machines, particularly when building against the Dev Channel SDK. Feature detection is recommended over OS version checks, as OS version checks are unreliable and will not work as expected in all cases.

About the Dev Channel

REMINDER: The Dev Channel has been rebooted. Windows Insiders who were in the Dev Channel on 25000 series builds have been moved to the new Canary Channel. Going forward, the Dev Channel will receive 23000 series builds. Insiders who were moved to the Canary Channel and want to move back to the Dev Channel can follow these instructions to do a clean installation of Windows 11 and then re-join the Dev Channel to receive 23000 series builds. The Dev Channel receives builds that represent long lead work from our engineers with features and experiences that may never get released as we try out different concepts and get feedback. It is important to remember that the builds we release to the Dev Channel should not be seen as matched to any specific release of Windows and the features included may change over time, be removed, or replaced in Insider builds or may never be released beyond Windows Insiders to general customers. For more information, please read this blog post about how we plan to use the Dev Channel to incubate new ideas, work on long lead items, and control the states of individual features. In some cases, features and experiences may go out to the Canary Channel first before going out to the Dev Channel however the Dev Channel will provide better platform stability. As we get closer to shipping, some features and experiences will also make their way to the Beta Channel when they are ready. The desktop watermark you see at the lower right corner of your desktop is normal for these pre-release builds. *Availability of Copilot in Windows: Copilot in Windows in preview is being rolled out gradually to Windows Insiders in select global markets. The initial markets for the Copilot in Windows preview include North America, United Kingdom and parts of Asia and South America. It is our intention to add additional markets over time.

Important Insider Links

Thanks, Amanda & Brandon

Source: Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23619 (Dev Channel)
 

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Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22635.3066 (KB5034209) to the Beta Channel. REMINDER: All Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel will now be on the same build (Build 22635.xxxx) via an enablement package. For Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel who want to be the first to get features gradually rolled out to you, you can turn ON the toggle (shown in the image below) to get the latest updates as they are available via Settings > Windows Update. Over time, we will increase the rollouts of features to everyone with the toggle turned on. Should you keep this toggle off, new features will gradually be rolled out to your device over time once they are ready. [caption id="attachment_176587" align="alignnone" width="646"] Turn on the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available to get new features rolled out to you. Turn on the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available to get new features rolled out to you.[/caption] Going forward, we will document changes in Beta Channel builds in two buckets: new features, improvements, and fixes that are being gradually rolled out for Insiders who have turned on the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available and then new features, improvements, and fixes available to everyone in the Beta Channel.

Fixes gradually being rolled out to the Beta Channel with toggle on*

[Input]

  • Fixed a tabtip.exe crash which could impact the ability to input text.

[Task Manager]

  • Fixed an issue where dragging the Task Manager window wouldn’t work if your mouse was on the search box.

[Narrator]

  • Fixed a crash when you tried to add natural voices for Narrator in Settings.

[Voice Access]

  • Fixed an issue which was causing voice access to crash when setting up new languages.

New features for everyone in the Beta Channel

USB 80Gbps

We are excited to announce support for the latest generation USB standard, USB 80Gbps, in this build of Windows. USB 80Gbps support will initially launch on select devices based on the Intel Core 14th Gen HX-series mobile processors, such as the new Razer Blade 18. This is the first major version update of the USB4®standard and increases performance to 80Gbps from 40Gbps. It enables the next generation of high-performance displays, storage, and connectivity. It is fully backwards compatible with peripherals built for older generations of USB and Thunderbolt™ and works alongside all other USB Type-C features. FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Devices and Drivers > Buses.

About the Beta Channel

The Beta Channel is the place we preview experiences that are closer to what we will ship to our general customers. Because the Dev and Beta Channels represent parallel development paths from our engineers, there may be cases where features and experiences show up in the Beta Channel first. However, this does not mean every feature we try out in the Beta Channel will ship. We encourage Insiders to read this blog post that outlines the ways we’ll try things out with Insiders in both the Dev and Beta Channels. *Getting new features: For Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel who want to be the first to get features gradually rolled out to you, you can turn ON the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available via Settings > Windows Update. Over time, we will increase the rollouts of features to everyone with the toggle turned on. Should you keep this toggle off, new features will gradually be rolled out to your device over time once they are ready. **Availability of Copilot in Windows: Copilot in Windows in preview is being rolled out gradually to Windows Insiders in select global markets. The initial markets for the Copilot in Windows preview include North America, United Kingdom and parts of Asia and South America. It is our intention to add additional markets over time.

Important Insider Links

Thanks, Amanda & Brandon

Source: Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22635.3066 (Beta Channel)
 

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Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22635.3130 (KB5034218) to the Beta Channel. REMINDER: All Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel will now be on the same build (Build 22635.xxxx) via an enablement package. For Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel who want to be the first to get features gradually rolled out to you, you can turn ON the toggle (shown in the image below) to get the latest updates as they are available via Settings > Windows Update. Over time, we will increase the rollouts of features to everyone with the toggle turned on. Should you keep this toggle off, new features will gradually be rolled out to your device over time once they are ready. [caption id="attachment_176587" align="alignnone" width="626"] Turn on the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available to get new features rolled out to you. Turn on the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available to get new features rolled out to you.[/caption] Going forward, we will document changes in Beta Channel builds in two buckets: new features, improvements, and fixes that are being gradually rolled out for Insiders who have turned on the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available and then new features, improvements, and fixes available to everyone in the Beta Channel.

Changes and Improvements gradually being rolled out to the Beta Channel with toggle on*

[Snap Layouts]

  • We will show suggestions in Snap Layouts that help you instantly snap multiple app windows together. When hovering over the Minimize or Maximize button on an app (or WIN + Z) to launch the layout box, you will see app icons displayed in various layout options to help recommend the best layout option that works best.
[caption id="attachment_176375" align="alignnone" width="289"] Suggestions in Snap Layouts. Suggestions in Snap Layouts.[/caption]

Fixes gradually being rolled out to the Beta Channel with toggle on*

[Start menu]

  • Fixed an issue from the previous flight causing the Recommended section in Start menu to be blank for some Insiders.

Changes and Improvements gradually being rolled out to everyone in the Beta Channel

[General]

  • Starting with today’s Beta Channel flight, Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel who have turned on the toggle to unenroll their device under Settings > Windows Update > Windows Insider Program and “Stop getting preview builds” with begin receiving an in-place upgrade that removes their device from flighting. This in-place upgrade will install Windows 11, version 23H2 with the most recent servicing updates available to retail customers. Please note that unenrolling a device from flighting in the Beta Channel will result in a loss of some features that are not yet available for retail customers. However, your personal data will still be there. Going forward, choosing to unenroll a device through this process will provide an in-place upgrade to opt-out of flighting in the Beta Channel. Note you will need to update to Build 22635.3130 (and higher) in the Beta Channel first for this experience to light up.

[Widgets]

  • The new settings experience for Widgets that began rolling out in early December to the Beta Channel that also introduced the ability to further customize the widgets board experience is beginning to rollout again after being disabled briefly.

Fixes for everyone in the Beta Channel

  • The update addresses a known issue that affects the color font format for COLRv1. It now renders properly. Windows uses this format to display emoji with a 3D-like appearance.
[caption id="attachment_176392" align="alignnone" width="628"] Before and after of the updated color format for emoji. Before and after of the updated color format for emoji.[/caption]
  • This update affects Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Secure Boot systems. It adds a renewed signing certificate to the Secure Boot DB variable. You can now opt for this change.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects RemoteApp windows. In certain cases, they persist on client devices after you close them.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 (WPA3) in the Group Policy editor. HTML preview rendering fails.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects a Bluetooth phone call. It stops the audio from routing through the PC when you answer the call on your PC.
  • This update addresses an issue to make video calls more reliable.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Access Point Name (APN) profiles. It stops you from automatically configuring APN profiles for cellular enabled devices. This occurs when you run the “netsh mbn show readyinfo *” command.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) Audio earbuds. They lose sound when you stream music.
  • This update includes quarterly changes to the Windows Kernel Vulnerable Driver Blocklist file, DriverSiPolicy.p7b. It adds to the list of drivers that are at risk for Bring Your Own Vulnerable Driver (BYOVD) attacks.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the LocalUsersAndGroups CSP. It stops processing group memberships if it cannot find a group.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects certain types of 7-Zip files. They appear as empty in File Explorer.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). A caching issue occurs. The issue causes CurrentTimeZone to change to the wrong value.
  • This update addresses an issue that stops WMI from working. This occurs in certain scenarios with mobile device management (MDM) providers, such as Microsoft Intune.
  • This update addresses an issue that causes your device to stop responding. This is intermittent and occurs after you install a print support app.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Active Directory. Bind requests to IPv6 addresses fail. This occurs when the requestor is not joined to a domain.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Windows Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) Post Authentication Actions (PAA). The actions occur at restart instead of at the end of the grace period.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Group Policy Folder Redirection in a multi-forest deployment. The issue stops you from choosing a group account from the target domain. Because of this, you cannot apply advanced folder redirection settings to that domain. This issue occurs when the target domain has a one-way trust with the domain of the admin user. This issue affects all Enhanced Security Admin Environment (ESAE), Hardened Forests (HF) or Privileged Access Management (PAM) deployments.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the OpenType font driver. On a certain architecture, the issue might affect how text renders for third-party applications.
  • This update addresses an issue that stops search from working on the Start menu for some users. The issue occurs because of a deadlock.
  • This update addresses an issue that occurs when you change the keyboard language. The change fails to apply to RemoteApps in some scenarios.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the File Explorer Gallery. It stops you from closing a tooltip.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the display of a smart card icon. The icon does not appear when you sign in. This occurs when there are multiple certificates on the smart card.
  • This update addresses an issue that causes your device to shut down after 60 seconds. This occurs when you use a smart card to authenticate on a remote system.
  • This update addresses a known issue that affects BitLocker data-only encryption. A mobile device management (MDM) service, such as Microsoft Intune, might not get the right data. This occurs when you use the FixedDrivesEncryptionType or SystemDrivesEncryptionType policy settings in the BitLocker configuration service provider (CSP)
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Trusted Platform Modules (TPM). On certain devices, they did not initialize correctly. Because of this, TPM-based scenarios stopped working.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects a remote desktop client. It might connect to a wrong instance of a user's session. This occurs if a user has multiple sessions on the host.
  • This update makes Windows more reliable during power transitions. This reduces the risk of a stop error.

About the Beta Channel

The Beta Channel is the place we preview experiences that are closer to what we will ship to our general customers. Because the Dev and Beta Channels represent parallel development paths from our engineers, there may be cases where features and experiences show up in the Beta Channel first. However, this does not mean every feature we try out in the Beta Channel will ship. We encourage Insiders to read this blog post that outlines the ways we’ll try things out with Insiders in both the Dev and Beta Channels. *Getting new features: For Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel who want to be the first to get features gradually rolled out to you, you can turn ON the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available via Settings > Windows Update. Over time, we will increase the rollouts of features to everyone with the toggle turned on. Should you keep this toggle off, new features will gradually be rolled out to your device over time once they are ready. **Availability of Copilot in Windows: Copilot in Windows in preview is being rolled out gradually to Windows Insiders in select global markets. The initial markets for the Copilot in Windows preview include North America, United Kingdom and parts of Asia and South America. It is our intention to add additional markets over time.

Important Insider Links

Thanks, Amanda & Brandon

Source: Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22635.3130 (Beta Channel)
 

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