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Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25236 released

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Microsoft has released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25236 to the dev channel and it brings changes and improvements along with fixes for various components.

TL;DR

  • 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.

General:

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.

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Fixes:

[Narrator]

It fixed the issue causing natural voices such as Guy or Jenny to not speak in Narrator.

[Taskbar & System Tray]

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  • 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.

[File Explorer]

  • 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.

[Settings]

  • 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.

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Windows 11 adds iCloud Photos support for Photos app

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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.

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Windows 11 Insider Preview 22621.675 update rolling out with new features

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Windows 11 Insider 22621.675 update

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.

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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.

Suggested Actions

  • 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.

Easy Sharing

  • 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.

Windows 11 Insider 22621.675 update

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Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22621.741 and 22623.741 released

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Today, Microsoft released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22621.741 and 22623.741, these two builds bring various fixes, improvements and optimizations for the Windows 11 devices running in the Beta channels. Check more information and details below.

  • Build 22623.741 = New features rolling out.
  • Build 22621.741 = New features off by default.

Notes:

REMINDER: Insiders who were previously on Build 22622 will automatically get moved to Build 22623 via an enablement package. The enablement package artificially increments the build number for the update with new features getting rolled out and turned on to make it easier to differentiate from devices with the update with features off by default.

This approach is being used for the Beta Channel only and is not indicative of any changes or plans for final feature rollouts.

Insiders who landed in the group with new features turned off by default (Build 22621. XXXX) can check for updates and choose to install the update that will have features rolling out (Build 22623. xxx).

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Fixes in Windows 11 Build 22623.741

[Tablet-optimized taskbar]

NOTE: These fixes will only show if the tablet-optimized taskbar is enabled on your device. The tablet-optimized taskbar is still rolling out to Windows Insiders and is not yet available for everyone.

  • 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 if you entered the overflow flyout.

[System Tray Updates]

NOTE: These fixes will only show if the tablet-optimized taskbar with System Tray updates is enabled on your device. Tablet-optimized taskbar and System Tray is still rolling out to Windows Insiders and are not yet available for everyone.

  • Fixed an issue so that Quick Settings items can now be rearranged with touch again.

Fixes for BOTH Build 22621.741 & Build 22623.741

  • Fixed an issue that affects the Server Manager. It might reset the wrong disk when several disks have the same UniqueId.
  • Fixed localization issues for some setup files. These issues might stop you from creating installation media for non-English languages.

Known issues

[General]

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  • The audio stopped working for some Insiders in recent Beta Channel builds.

[Tablet-optimized taskbar]

  • 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.

(source – Microsoft)

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