Microsoft releases two new Windows 11 Insider Builds to test new features

Windows Insiders on the beta channel for Windows 11 are receiving a new update. This time, however, the beta testers are divided into two different groups. There are two updates rolling out and each group in the Beta channel is getting one update. This update is available to all Windows Insiders who updated to the Windows 11 22H2 update. Let’s take a look at what these two new updates are about.

The two updates in question come with build numbers 22622 and 22621. The first build for a group of insiders comes with build number 22622.290 and it rolls out with a slew of new features. On the other hand, build 22621.290 is being rolled out with new features. However, these features are turned off by default. Microsoft is testing out these kinds of updates so that people are given a choice of enabling new features or like having them disabled.

Now, let’s talk about the new features, issues, and fixes that have been brought in by the new build 22622 update. As always, the feature that Windows Insiders receive may or may not make it to the final stable build. These features are being tested and based on the feedback, you may or may not see them in the final builds.

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22622.290 – New Features

Suggested Actions

  • On copying a phone number, Windows will pop up an inline light dismissible UI that suggests ways to call the phone number using Teams or other installed apps that offer click-to-dial call functions.
  • On copying a future date and/or time, Windows will pop up an inline light dismissible UI that suggests creating the event using supported calendar apps. Upon user selection of preference, the app is launched with its corresponding calendar event creation page with an auto-filled date and/or time.

Do note that this particular feature is only available for users residing in the USA, Canada, and Mexico for now. We could expect the feature to roll out at a later date to users in other regions.

One Drive Storage Alert and Subscription Management

Users who have a Microsoft One Drive subscription will now be able to see details like the current plan as well as the available storage on their One Drive plan. These details can be viewed when you open the Settings app under the Accounts option. You will also be able to see the next bill date for your account on the same page. Now, this feature will be rolled out to select Windows Insiders on the Beta Channel. for the time being.

Fixes in Build 22622.290

File Explorer Fixes

  • Middle clicking a folder in the body of File Explorer will now open it in a new tab.
  • The row of tabs should now be included in the keyboard focus cycle when pressing Tab or F6. Once focus is in the tab row, you can use left or right arrow keys to navigate through them.
  • Made some adjustments for when “Display the full path in the title bar” is enabled, to ensure that the folder name is always visible.
  • Fixed a scaling issue which could result in the tabs being unexpectedly large.
  • Right-clicking a tab and then clicking somewhere else in File Explorer should dismiss the context menu more reliably now.

Fixes in Build 22621.290 and 22622.290

  • New! We added Server Message Block (SMB) redirector (RDR) specific public File System Control (FSCTL) code FSCTL_LMR_QUERY_INFO.
  • New! We added support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.3 in Windows client and server Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) implementations.
  • We updated the Remove-Item cmdlet to properly interact with Microsoft OneDrive folders
  • We enabled the InternetExplorerModeEnableSavePageAs Group Policy.
  • We fixed an issue that causes the Take Photo button to disappear when you use a common file dialog to open the camera.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents devices from receiving an offer from Windows Update for the same extension driver when that extension driver is already installed without the base driver.
  • We fixed an issue that causes install from media (IFM) creation for Active Directory to fail with the error, “2101 JET_errCallbackFailed”.
  • We fixed an issue that occurs when the Active Directory Lightweight Directory Service (LDS) resets the password for userProxy objects. The password reset fails with an error such as, “00000005: SvcErr: DSID-03380C23, problem 5003 (WILL_NOT_PERFORM), data 0”.
  • We enabled the InternetExplorerModeEnableSavePageAs Group Policy. 
  • We fixed an issue that occurs when the Active Directory Lightweight Directory Service (AD LDS) resets the password for userProxy objects. When you try to reset someone else’s password and you are authenticated using a simple bind, the password reset fails. The error is like, “00000005: SvcErr: DSID-03380C23, problem 5003 (WILL_NOT_PERFORM), data 0”.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents Microsoft Edge from being available in Windows Sandbox.

Known Issues

Here is the list of all the known issues that will be fixed at a later date.

General

  • We’re working on the fix for an issue resulting in a small number of Insiders in the Beta Channel experiencing cyclical crashes in Windows UI components (like explorer.exe), making it appear that the screen is flashing. If you are impacted, running the following command from an elevated PowerShell window should resolve it: Add-AppxPackage -Register -Path C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.UI.Xaml.CBS_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AppxManifest.xml -DisableDevelopmentMode -ForceApplicationShutdown

File Explorer

  • The up arrow is misaligned in the File Explorer tabs. This will be fixed in a future update.

This is the latest in the world of updates for Windows 11 to the Windows Insiders on the Beta Channel. If you haven’t received the update yet, it is best you manually check for the update by launching the Settings app and clicking on Windows Update at the top right corner. Click on the Check for Updates button to let Windows check and download updates to your PC.

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