Microsoft has kicked off a thoughtful and beneficial Windows 11 Insider Preview 25217 update for the developer channel (DEV). With a bunch of new and exciting features, the company has added the support of third-party widgets development.
Yes, third-party widget creation is the new and the ultimate addition to this update. Consequently, the new build rolling out for the developers will allow them to build and test third-party widgets. Besides, there are some input-related changes and fixes.
The new update also enhances the video calling experience for a chat app on Windows 11. Aside, there are also a few improvements for the gaming section and Game Pass services. You can have a detailed view of the changelog in the below section.
Windows 11 Insider Preview 25217 developer update: Changelog
- Developers with packaged Win32 apps will be able to create and test third-party widgets locally if their machine is running in Developer mode.
- Make sure to be on the latest Insider Preview build from the Dev Channel to get the necessary update for the Widgets Board (521.20060.1205.0 version or higher)
- Addition of improved cloud suggestion and integrated search suggestion.
- 3rd party widgets can only be tested locally on the latest Insider Preview builds from the Dev Channel for this preview release.
- Once WinAppSDK 1.2 GA is out, users of released versions of Windows 11 can begin acquiring 3rd party widgets via the Microsoft Store for shipped versions of their app.
- Support for 3rd party PWA widgets will also be coming as part of a future Microsoft Edge release.
Changes and Improvements
- Input: Adding the new Tamil Anjal Keyboard for the Tamil language with build 25179. It is now available to all Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel.
- To enable click on Settings > Time & Language > Language & Region, and then click the “…” next to the language, select Language Options, and add Tamil Anjal (QWERTY) to the list of keyboards.
- Disabled the new touch keyboard setting that first began rolling out to the Windows Insiders in build 25188. Might bring the feature back in the time ahead.
Fixes: Tablet-optimized taskbar
- Fixed the issue causing the taskbar to sometimes collapse when it should be expanded if there are no running windows on the desktop.
- Fixed an issue that would occur when using the left or right edge gestures resulting in the Widgets or Notification Center (respectively) overlapping with or looking truncated by the taskbar.
- Fixed an issue that was causing the tablet-optimized taskbar to crash explorer.exe while switching apps.
- Fixed an issue that was causing the tablet-optimized taskbar to crash explorer.exe if you entered the overflow flyout.
Note: These fixes will not only show if you enable a tablet-optimized taskbar on your device.
- Fixed an issue where the close button for window preview thumbnails in Task View was drawing slightly outside the bounds of the thumbnail.
- Fixed an issue where when switching between windows in recent builds you might see the entire window flash black for a frame while rendering.
- Fixed an issue causing Miracast video quality to be very slow and stuttering on recent flights despite having a solid internet connection
System Tray Updates
- Fixed an issue so that Quick Settings items can now be rearranged with touch again
Note: These fixes will only show if you enable the System Tray Updates on your device. The tablet-optimized taskbar is still rolling out to Windows Insiders and is not yet available for everyone.
- Fixed an issue under Network and Internet > Advanced Network Settings, where certain networks were displaying the wrong link speed.
- Fixed an issue where the remote desktop on ARM64 PCs was unexpectedly not using UDP and only TCP
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 [General]
- Audio stopped working for some Insiders after upgrading to the latest flights.
- A few different apps have started crashing in recent builds.
- Various UI elements in apps appear to be disappearing and reappearing sometimes in recent builds.
- The taskbar sometimes flashes when transitioning between desktop posture and tablet posture.
- The taskbar takes longer than expected to transition to the touch-optimized version when switching between desktop posture and tablet posture.
- When using the bottom right edge gesture to see Quick Settings, the taskbar sometimes stays stuck in the expanded state, instead of dismissing to the collapsed state.
- In right-to-left display languages like Arabic, content animates out of view before the widgets board resizes when clicking to an expanded view of the widgets board.
- Notification badge numbers may appear misaligned on the taskbar.
You can install the latest Windows Insider SDK HERE.
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Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25236 released
- This build has a set of improvements as well as some additional known issues – please be sure to read through the blog post below.
- Insider Windows 11 Season 2 continues with episode 2 featuring the latest security features in the Windows 11 2022 Update.
- We are rolling out a new Microsoft Store update with several improvements – details below.
Check out the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25236 changelog below.
To improve the value of Search shortcuts and reduce friction in the broader Windows Search experience, Microsoft are trying out different ways to provide tips on how to use Windows Search via the taskbar. Only some English-speaking Windows Insiders in the U.S. will see this. If you do, be sure to give us feedback on what you think in Feedback Hub.
It fixed the issue causing natural voices such as Guy or Jenny to not speak in Narrator.
[Taskbar & System Tray]
- Fixed an issue where if you opened the hidden icons flyout, it caused a File Explorer entry for it to appear in the taskbar.
- Fixed an issue that was causing the taskbar previews to freeze or show as blank and not open when using Windows key + (#) key commands to try and switch between windows.
- The show hidden icons flyout in the system tray should now responsively resize with changes again to prevent empty spaces and columns.
- Fixed multiple issues related to the taskbar which were impacting explorer.exe reliability.
- Fixed an issue that was causing the volume icon in the system tray to incorrectly show as muted.
- Fixed a GDI handle leak related to updating the notification center icon in the taskbar, which would eventually lead to an explorer.exe crash for people who received a large number of notifications.
- Narrator will now announce the pinned and unpinned status of apps in the taskbar.
- Fixed an issue that was making File Explorer crash when closing tabs for some people.
- Made another fix for an issue that could cause errant divider lines in File Explorer’s navigation pane.
- Made a change to hide the battery graph on the Power & Battery page if a UPS is connected, as the capacity information it displayed, in that case, wasn’t correct.
- If you don’t have a kiosk set up, we’ve now updated the text on Accounts > Other Users > Kiosk to make it clearer you need to do that, so it doesn’t appear to be a dead end.
- Fixed an issue where if you went into the properties for an audio device, this could make it unexpectedly show in the output devices list on System > Sound although it was actually an input device.
- In the accessibility settings for color filters, the inverted option should work correctly again now and not just set your PC to grayscale colors.
There are a bunch of issues that have been fixed in the build, you can read it here.
Windows 11 adds iCloud Photos support for Photos app
Microsoft is bringing iCloud Photos integration directly to the updated Photos app which began rolling out to Windows 11 Insiders a few weeks ago. Today, The company has now begun to roll out an update to the Photos app (version 2022.31100.9001.0) to Windows 11 Insiders with iCloud photos support in the Dev Channel with this new integration.
The Microsoft Photos app enables you to view, organize and share photos from your PC and OneDrive. With this update, you’ll now be able to add and access your iCloud Photos directly from within the app as well.
Your iCloud Photos will appear alongside photos from other sources in the redesigned “All Photos” gallery view, as well as on a separate page you can access from the side navigation pane.
To start, follow the quick setup steps in the Photos app! You’ll need to sign into the iCloud for Windows app on your PC and confirm the photos selection.
Windows 11 Insider Preview 22621.675 update rolling out with new features
Microsoft is back on the platform with a new version for its consumers. Currently, Windows 11 Insider Preview is getting the 22621.675 (KB5019509) update with some wonderful enhancements to the file manager and taskbar menu.
Notably, the latest update brings some reflective and comprehensive features to Windows 11. It includes a revamped file explorer, new Suggested Actions, an efficient taskbar overflow menu, and facilities to easily connect and share essentials with other devices.
It’s worth mentioning that this update is following the lead of the previous 22621.608 beta build. The company has already released these features to the high-end operating system. However, at that time, the update was only open to a handful of users.
As of now, with a slight change in the version, the company has brought the beta build features to its general consumers in a stable avatar. Consequently, this update will gradually make its path to all Windows 11 Insider operators.
Till then, you can have a detail look at the features through the given changlog.
Windows 11 Insider 22621.675 Update: Changelog
Enhanced File Explorer.
- It now includes tabs to help you organize your File Explorer sessions as you do in Microsoft Edge.
- On the new File Explorer homepage, you can pin important files for quick and easy access.
- Using the power of Microsoft OneDrive, you can view your colleagues’ actions on your shared files.
- The addition of personalized suggestions, based on your Microsoft 365 account.
- Added a feature called Suggested Actions for items that you copy.
- For example, when you copy phone numbers or future dates, the respective feature will provide suggestions, such as making a call with Teams or Skype or adding an event in the Calendar app.
[Note: This is available for customers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.]
Taskbar Overflow menu
- The addition of a taskbar overflow menu.
- The taskbar will offer an entry point to a menu that shows you all your overflowed apps in one space.
- You can now share to more devices.
- You can discover and share to more devices, including desktops, using a nearby sharing.
You can enjoy the above-listed features on your system by installing the latest firmware. For doing so, go to the Settings menu and select the Windows Update option. Further, click on the Check for Updates button, and hit the Download tab.