Microsoft released a new build of Windows 11 to Insiders running the OS in the Release Preview channel. It is out with the KB5020044 update, and raises the OS version to Build 22621.898. It comes with a few new features, including low disk space notifications and storage capacity in Settings, a new Windows Spotlight theme, and more.
The taskbar in Windows 11 lacks many of the useful features that previous OS versions used to offer out of the box. One of them is the ability to ungroup app buttons and show their text labels. This may change soon, with this feature coming back to the taskbar in Windows 11.
If you always wanted to have a way to turn on the dark theme in Windows 11 faster, this may become possible in the near future. Microsoft is internally testing a new quick access button that will allow you to turn off the light in the OS with two clicks or taps.
As you may already know, Microsoft ends extended support for Windows 8.1 in January 2023. The company recommends its users to upgrade to newer versions of the Windows family of operating systems now. In their opinion, a Windows 11 PC is the best thing you can get.
The team behind the only non-Chromium based web browser has released a new version of the app. Firefox 107 performs better on Windows 11 version 22H2, allows using Power profiling on Mac and Linux, and fixes 20 vulnerabilities.
The Redmond firm has published the information about two new bugs in Windows 11 that appear after you install the latest cumulative update. After you install KB5019980 on a Server edition of the OS, that may break Domain Controller's Kerberos authentication. Also, Direct Access for Wi-Fi may stop working after you install KB5019509. Both issues are common for Windows 11 and Windows 10. Microsoft provides a workaround for affected machines.
As you may remember, with Windows 11 "22H2" Microsoft introduced a new mechanism to provide feature updates to the OS. Instead of including them into huge version updates, it now ships small but frequent packages internally called "Moments". While the OS itself will receive major version changes once every 3 years, new features will appear multiple times throughout the year with these "Moment" updates.
Microsoft has released a new build to Insiders running Windows 10 version 22H2 on the Release Preview channel. They receive Build 19045.2301 via KB5020030. It includes improvements made to the the taskbar search, fixes various issues with Store and DirectX. Also, it adds a new Quick Assist inbox app.
Microsoft has released two preview Windows 11 builds, 22621.891 and 22623.891 (KB5020040) to Insiders on the Beta channel. Build 22623.891 comes with several new features in the Task Manager, while 22621.891 has them disabled by default.
Microsoft has announced the release of Visual Studio 2022 17.4 with native support for the ARM64 platform. It will allow developers to create software faster without using emulation. Microsoft was testing the native version of Visual Studio for ARM since this summer.