This is a pretty exciting time for Windows Insiders, as they finally get to see what Microsoft has in store for them come time for the big upgrade to Windows 11 through a series of preview builds. The latest of which, 22000.71, rolls out today and brings a whole lot of new toys to the table, including major changes and improvements.
Windows users can sign up for the Windows Insider program and test out the preview builds for Windows 11 ahead of launch. This helps Microsoft gather direct feedback from their users before they roll out the big update, as that way, all the little chinks and bugs are ironed out before release.
The latest preview build 22000.71 contains some new stuff, along with fixes to some key components of Windows 11 Preview Build.
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What does Microsoft have in store with Windows 11 Preview Build 22000.71?
Changes and Improvements
One of the biggest changes to Windows 11 Preview Build is the addition of the entertainment widget which allows users to see new and features movie titles available in the Microsoft Store. Selecting the featured movie will direct users to the Microsoft Store to see more information about the title.
Users can add widgets by simply opening the Widgets tab and click/tap the “Add Widgets” button to choose the entertainment widget. The entertainment widget is only available for Insiders in the following countries: US, UK, CA, DE, FR, AU, JP.
Context Menus and other right-click menus to use Acrylic Material
- A new SplitButton for making new folders and files in the File Explorer command bar.
- Taskbar previews have been updated to rounded corners, to reflect the new visual design of the Windows 11.
- Fixed an issue where if users drag app icons on the Taskbar to rearrange them, it was making the apps launch or minimize when they released the icon.
- Using a long press with touch on an app icon in the Taskbar to open the jump list should now work.
- After right-clicking the Start icon in the Taskbar, clicking somewhere else should now dismiss the menu more reliably.
- Shift + Right-click on an app icon in the Taskbar will now bring up the window menu like it used to and not the jump list.
- Addressed an issue that was making the mouse move slowly when hovering over the Taskbar previews.
- Included the fix for an issue when using multiple Desktops where an app icon in the taskbar might give the appearance of multiple windows being open when that wasn’t the case on that Desktop.
- When using the Amharic IME, users should no longer see an unexpected X next to the IME icon in the taskbar.
- The issue where if users click on the input indicator on the Taskbar and it would unexpectedly highlighted Quick Settings has been fixed.
- When hovering over Task View, the preview flyout for Desktops will no longer pop back up after using Esc to dismiss them.
- A fix to address an issue where explorer.exe might crash after hovering over the Task View icon in the Taskbar.
- Fixed an issue where the selected date in the calendar flyout was out of sync with the date in the Taskbar.
For a full list of fixes, head over to Windows Insider Blog, linked here.