Prior to the official release of Windows 11, which will happen on October 5, Microsoft launched a large advertising campaign that highlights the key features and changes that users will get with the new operating system.
Microsoft today released a couple of new builds to Windows 11 Insiders on the Beta and Dev channels. Both builds are actually minor releases, at least according to the official changelog.
Microsoft plans to launch Windows 11 on October 5, 2021. The new operating system might feel like a cosmetic-only update with minor feature improvements and controversial changes. Still, there are tons of enhancements and refinements "under-the-hood." Microsoft posted a video where Steve Dispensa, VP of Enterprise Management at Microsoft, details how Windows 11 improves performance on existing hardware compared to Windows 10.
Panos Panay, head of Windows & Devices, posted another teaser on his Twitter. This time it is dedicated to the new version of the Photos app for Windows 11. Members of the Windows Insider program are likely to receive an update in the coming weeks.
As you may already know, Windows 10 and Windows 11 are able to show promotional messages to the user right on the desktop. In order to promote integration of the upcoming Windows 11 with Microsoft Teams, Microsoft pushed such an ad to Insiders. But Explorer (that implements the shell of the Windows desktop) stopped responding, leaving users without a working Start menu and taskbar. That's what we wrote about on Friday. Here are some details on this issue.
There are multiple ways to disable the User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 11. UAC is a security layer that asks a user to confirm changes in the system different apps may try to make. By default, Windows 11 shows a UAC prompt when a program tries to run with elevated privileges (as Administrator).
Earlier, Microsoft released two new insider builds of Windows 11 for the Dev and Beta channels. Issues at the same moment, the have the build numbers 22449 (Dev) and 22000.176 (Beta). However, there was a server-side issue with the distribution of these builds, which caused many users to fail to get the new releases properly.
A few days ago, Microsoft announced it will release Windows 11 on October 5, 2021. However, the most anticipated feature,the support for Android applications, won't be included in the initial Windows 11 version. The company only promised that this feature will become available to Insiders in the coming months.
Microsoft today simultaneously updates two Insider channels. Insiders in the Dev channel receive Windows 11 build 22449. If you are on the Beta channel, you will get Windows 11 build 22000.176. Here are the changes.
Microsoft sheds some light on how "unsupported PCs" will work when Windows 11 is installed on such hardware. In short, no new builds of Windows 11 will come to them. But they will receive cumulative updates until the general availability of the OS. After that, Windows will prompt the user to return back to Windows 10.