Just recently we learned that a new major File Explorer overhaul is in the works for Windows 11. The app will get a new design, several new features like a new start page and improved integration with OneDrive and Microsoft 365.
Microsoft is testing a new "Split screen" feature in the Edge browser. It allows you to open two tabs in split screen mode in a single browser window. Currently, this new feature is under testing in the Canary branch of Edge. Also, you need to enable a flag to access it.
Microsoft has announced an expansion of its partnership with OpenAI. Company's machine learning-based solutions will be exclusive available via Azure. Microsoft will increase its investment in super computing, so OpenAI will be able to improve its ML models. The Redmond firm is also going to integrate OpenAI closer with its consumer and corporate products.
Microsoft is working on enabling ReFS in the OS setup program, so Windows 11 will be able to format the drive to the latest file system and run from it. The feature is currently a work-in-progress and is hidden. However, enthusiasts have found a way to activate it, and even managed to install Windows 11 on ReFS.
There are plenty of ideas Microsoft prepared and even implemented for Windows 10. Some of them you could already seen and tried. The most famous example is the Sets function, which was supposed to add a tabbed interface to all applications, but it never made it to release. But there are also many of features have never been revealed to the public. Between 2015 and 2020, the company's engineers came up with probably hundreds of different features, but they were never fully implemented.
Microsoft continues to refresh the appearance of aged dialogs in Windows 11. Some of them have not changed since Windows 8, some retain their look from Windows 10. The company's goal is to make the newest OS look consistent by following its Fluent Design guidelines. In Windows 11 Build 25281 you will find an updated "Enter a product key" dialog, thought you have to apply extra efforts to see it.
Microsoft is working on a new Volume flyout for Windows 11 that allows directly adjusting the sound volume level for each of the apps individually. It reminds of the popular EarTrumpet app, but is integrated in the Quick Access feature. It is a work in progress, so doesn't appear by default. But you can enable it easily.
Microsoft has started the roll-out of an updated Notepad app for Windows 11. Participants of the Windows Insider program in the Dev channel now receive a new version of the app 11.2212.33.0, that features a tabbed user interface.
In addition to Windows 11 Build 25281 in the Dev channel, Microsoft today updated the Beta channel with two new builds, 22623.1180 and 22621.1180. Traditionally, the first one is designed for testing new features, and the latter comes with them disabled. The new features in today's release are improved storage alerts for OneDrive in Settings, Widgets that can finally work without a Microsoft account, and a newer Get Help app with a connection issue troubleshooter.
Microsoft today released Windows 11 Build 25281 to Insiders in the Dev channel. It brings with it different variations of the look and feel of Windows Spotlight, improved Graphics and Bluetooth options, and many fixes.