Microsoft has just released a new Insider Preview of Windows 11, the latest preview goes live with a 22616 version number. The new build comes one week after the Windows 11 Insider Preview 22610. Last week’s build was packed with a stack of new features such as the new Task Manager, Family Safety widget update, minimal design changes to the lock screen UI, and more. Talking about today’s build, then this week’s Insider Preview goes live with bug fixes only, there isn’t anything new in the changelog of the new build. Read along to know more about Windows 11 Insider Preview 22616 update.
The newest preview of Windows 11 is seeding with Windows 11 Insider Preview 22616 (ni_release) build number and is available on both dev and beta channels. As we’re close to the 22H2 version release, there are no major changes available in this preview build, but it includes support for the new Game Bar experience. Starting today users can try out an early preview of the controller bar. Controller Bar is a preview of the new UI of the Xbox Game Bar, it shows recently played games and game launchers.
If you’ve opted dev channel in Windows Insider Preview Program and want to switch to the beta, then this is a perfect time to reconsider your channels. You won’t be able to switch between channels in the near future until you factory reset your PC. Right now, you can easily switch between channels from the Settings app.
May 10: Windows 11 22H2 Insider Preview goes live
Microsoft kicks off the much-awaited 22H2 Insider Preview build. The new build is tagged with a 22616.100 version number, it doesn’t include anything new, yes, it is the same update released last week in the dev and beta channels.
Now let’s take a look at the changes coming with the new Windows 11 Insider Preview 22616 update.
Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22616 – Changes and Improvements
- [REMINDER] The build watermark at the lower right-hand corner of the desktop is no longer present in this build. This doesn’t mean we’re done, and the watermark will return to Insiders in a future build.
- As a result of feedback from Windows Insiders, we have decided to disable the changes to the system tray introduced in Build 22581 for now. The system tray and specifically the “Show hidden icons” flyout will now function the same way it did with the original release of Windows 11, including the ability to rearrange icons in the flyout. We hope to bring these changes back in the future after further refinement of the experience by addressing some of the feedback we have received. As we’ve mentioned previously, features we try out in the Dev or Beta Channels may not always ship.
- Previously, we shared new requirements for internet and MSA on the Windows 11 Pro edition. Today, Windows Insiders on Windows 11 Pro edition will now require MSA and internet connectivity during the initial device setup (OOBE) only when setting up for personal use. If you choose to setup device for Work or School, there is no change, and it will work the same way as before.
Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22616 – Fixes
- We fixed an issue where performance and reliability of explorer.exe could degrade over time, eventually resulting in a bugcheck, in the recent Insider Preview builds.
- We fixed the issue causing the “Show hidden icons” flyout in the system tray to disappear completely for some Insiders, even though it shows as “on” under Settings > Personalization > Taskbar and “Other system tray icons”.
- Fixed an issue which was leading to some apps crashing when pressing the half-width/full-width key while using the Japanese IME.
- Fixed an issue where if you tried to open the widgets board using a gesture from the side of the screen, you would see the widgets board open and then immediately close.
- Fixed an issue where users were unable to use the swipe functionality to reliably invoke Widgets.
- Fixed an issue that could cause Quick Settings to crash when projecting to certain wireless devices.
- Addressed an issue where using the 3-finger on-screen touch gesture for minimizing could cause animations to stop working across the system.
- Fixed an issue impacting DWM reliability in recent flights.
- Fixed an issue which was causing some apps like Settings to open blank if they were re-opened an upgrade or reboot.
- Task Manager
- We fixed an issue that was causing the process list to fluctuate between Apps & Background groups when clicking on Efficiency mode from the command bar
- Windows Sandbox
- Fixed an underlying issue which could cause some text in Windows Sandbox to appear as black boxes in certain cases.
- Fixed an issue leading to Windows Update notifications showing they were sent from “Windows.SystemToast.WindowsUpdate.MoNotification” instead of “Windows Update”.
As mentioned earlier, if you’ve joined the Insider Preview Program and running on Windows 11, then you’ll receive the preview build. You can simply head over to Settings > Windows Update > click on Check for Updates. You can simply download the update on your PC.
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