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Microsoft released Windows 11 builds 22621.730 and 22623.730 to the Beta channel

Besides the new Dev channel build that restores Task Manager in the taskbar context menu, Microsoft has released two builds to Insiders in the Beta channel. Build 22623.730 has  new features, and Build 22621.730 comes with new features disabled by default. Both builds are released as the KB5017385 cumulative update.

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Insiders who were previously on Build 22622 will automatically get moved to Build 22623 via an enablement package. 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). Here are the changes.

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New features in Build 22623.730

  • Tablet-optimized taskbar - a newer taskbar is available to Beta channel Insiders with this build. It supports two states, collapsed and expanded, to make the OS more convenient for tablet users. Microsoft is rolling out this feature gradually, so you may not see it instantly after upgrading.
  • A rounded focus and hover treatment on all icons in the system tray. Again, this is rolling out gradually.
  • The Home folder in File Explorer can now search Microsoft 365 cloud files for users who are signed with their Microsoft account.
  • File Explorer search will now show results as you type. The full search results page will update live without needing to press enter.

Fixes in Build 22623.730

System Tray fixes for tablet-optimized tasbkar

  • The taskbar should no longer flash because of changes in the system tray in non-tablet-optimized scenarios.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing parts of the taskbar or its icons like search to get stuck in the wrong theme’s colors when switching between light and dark themes.
  • Date and time should no longer get stuck cutting off on the side of the screen from system tray changes.

Start menu

  • Fixed an issue which was causing Start menu crashes for some Insiders.
  • Fixed an issue where the Start menu recommended section might unexpectedly show one column instead of two.

Fixes for BOTH Build 22621.730 & Build 22623.730

  • Fixed an issue that affects some processors. This issue occurs when you turn on Hyper-V and kernel Direct Memory Access (DMA) protections.
  • Fixed an issue that affects the Microsoft Japanese input method editor (IME). Text reconversion fails when you use some third-party virtual desktops.
  • Fixed an issue that might cause an application to stop responding. This might occur when the input queue overflows.
  • Fixed an issue that stops you from signing in to various Microsoft Office 365 apps. This affects Outlook, Word, Teams, and so on.
  • Fixed an issue that affects graphics drivers that use d3d9on12.dll.
  • Fixed issues that cause updates to the Microsoft Store to fail.
  • Fixed an issue that affects the LanmanWorkstation service. It leaks memory when you mount a network drive.
  • Fixed an issue that affects the Miracast UI. Sometimes it closes too soon when you cast to devices that use the DeviceObjectType:Aep.
  • Fixed an issue that affects Task Manager. It stops working when you switch between light and dark mode or change the accent color.
  • Fixed an issue that affects the font of three Chinese characters. When you format these characters as bold, the width size is wrong.
  • Fixed an issue that affects input method editors (IME) from Microsoft and third parties. They stop working when you close the IME window. This occurs if the IME uses Windows Text Services Framework (TSF) 1.0.
  • Fixed an issue that affects Microsoft Edge IE mode. It stops you from opening webpages. This occurs when you enable Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG) and you do not configure Network Isolation policies.
  • Fixed an issue that affects Microsoft Edge when it is in IE Mode. The titles of pop-up windows and tabs are wrong.
  • Fixed an issue that stops the credential UI from displaying in IE mode.
  • Fixed an issue that affects certificate mapping. When it fails, lsass.exe might stop working in schannel.dll.

Finally, Microsoft encourages Office Insiders to try the new Outlook app. In the coming weeks, it will also become available to Windows Insiders via the Windows Mail app.

Source: Microsoft

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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