This week has been quite a busy week for Microsoft as it has rolled out several updates to various channels in the last three days. And these updates are not only bug fixes but also introduced some useful features. A new Windows 11 build 22623.870 is rolling out to beta channel for Insiders.
A few weeks ago Microsoft released a major annual update called the 2022 Update or 22H2 Update. But not all its features were made available in a single update. Some features are showing up in small updates. And along with these updates, Microsoft is also testing new features in the preview build to Insiders.
Like other preview builds in the Beta channel, this update also comes in two builds. The main build is 22623.870 which has all the features On by default, and the second build is 22621.870 which has the features Off by default.
Talking about new features and changes in the new beta build can automatically change Braille drivers when switching between Narrator and third party screen readers as narrator. And this will help Braille devices to work while switching.
With this Beta channel update, Microsoft is beginning to roll out the Task Manager shortcut in Taskbar to Beta Channel. So after switching from Windows 10 to Windows 11, if you missed the Task Manager shortcut, its finally coming back. It was first available in the Dev channel update.
There are also some fixes in this update that you can check below.
Fixes in Build 22623.870
NOTE: These fixes will only show if tablet-optimized taskbar is enabled on your device. Tablet-optimized taskbar is still rolling out to Windows Insiders and not yet available for everyone.
- Improved how touch gestures and their animations with the tablet-optimized taskbar work with the touch keyboard.
[System Tray Updates]
NOTE: These fixes will only show if tablet-optimized taskbar with System Tray updates is enabled on your device. Tablet-optimized taskbar and System Tray is still rolling out to Windows Insiders and not yet available for everyone.
- Fixed an issue causing explorer.exe to crash when dragging icons in the system tray.
Fixes for BOTH Build 22621.870 & Build 22623.870
- New! We added improvements to the Microsoft Account experience in Settings. For instance, you can manage your Microsoft One Drive subscription and related storage alerts.
- New! We added a new consent form for those of you enrolled in Windows Hello Face and Fingerprint. You have new choices for your biometric data. You can keep storing your biometric data or open Settings to delete the data if you have not used your face or fingerprint for authentication in over 365 days. You also have these options if you upgraded to Windows 11 and have not yet seen the new Hello Learn More Privacy text.
- New! We enhanced search visual treatments on the taskbar to improve discoverability. This is available to a small audience initially and deploys more broadly in the months that follow. Some devices might notice different visual treatments as we gather feedback. To learn more about why you might be seeing these changes, see Search for anything, anywhere.
- We updated DriverSiPolicy.p7b for the Windows kernel vulnerable driver blocklist. This update includes drivers that are vulnerable to Bring Your Own Vulnerable Driver (BYOVD) attacks.
- We extended original equipment manufacturer (OEM) control of Hypervisor-protected Code Integrity (HVCI) enforcement for targeted hardware configurations.
- We fixed an issue that affects the Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AAD) Application Proxy connector. It cannot retrieve a Kerberos ticket on behalf of the user. The error message is, “The handle specified is invalid (0x80090301).”
- We fixed an issue that affects cached credentials for security keys and Fast Identity Online 2.0 (FIDO2) On hybrid domain-joined devices, the system removes these cached credentials.
- We fixed an issue that might cause vertical and horizontal line artifacts to appear on the screen.
- We fixed an issue that affects title bars when you use third-party tools to customize them. The title bars did not render. This update ensures that title bars render; however, we cannot guarantee all text customizations will work as before.
- We fixed an issue that might fail to sync the audio when you record game play using the Xbox Game Bar.
Microsoft has also mentioned some known issues. You can check the known issues list on the Windows official page.
If you are a Windows Insider in the Beta channel, you can get any of the builds, either Windows 11 build 22623.870 or build 22621.870. In case you get build 22621.870 which has features off by default, you will have the option to update to the other build. You can check for the update in Settings > Windows Update.
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