Microsoft releases Windows 11 Preview Build 25314 and 23403

As a part of weekly updates, Microsoft releases Windows 11 Insider Builds 25314 and 23403 to Canary Channel and Dev Channel respectively. Both the new Insider builds come with some new and different changes. If you’re a Windows Insider, you have a bunch of changes to try.

Microsoft has made some changes to its channel lineup for Insiders. The company has added a new Canary channel which is not much different from the Dev channel. The Windows Insider Program is entering its 9th year and Microsoft’s Insider program already has a lot of users.

Many dev channel users who were on the 25000 series build will automatically be moved to the Canary build. It’s a seamless switch since the new Canary channel builds are identical to previous dev builds. And ongoing dev channel users with 23000 series build will stay on the Dev channel.

What’s New in Windows 11 build 25314

The new Canary build brings access key shortcuts into the XAML context menu in File Explorer. These are one key shortcuts that you can perform once the context menu is visible. The feature is in the early phase of rollout so only limited users might see the update first.

Windows 11 Build 25314

File Recommendations are also coming to the File Explorer homepage which will show relevant files to access them easily. It will be available to users who are signed into Windows with an Azure Active Directory (AAD) account.

Local Security Authority Protection also rolling out this feature and it protects user credentials by preventing unsigned drivers and plugins from loading into the Local security authority. It’s available under Windows Security > Device Security > Core Isolation page.

Other changes and features:

  • Narrator will now retrieve updates to its Outlook support when Narrator is started. It is limited in the US currently.
  • The new build disables Remote Mailslot Protocol by default.

What’s new in Windows 11 Build 23403

The live caption feature is now expanding to more languages such as Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish, and other English dialects.

Windows 11 Build 25314

Voice access improvements such as redesigned in-app command help page which includes descriptions and more for easy to understand. Another change is that Voice access is now available in English dialects.

Updated Touch Keyboard Settings includes three dropdown options in ‘Show the touch keyboard’. These options are Never, When no keyboard attached, and Always.

Other changes include:

  • Multi-App Kiosk Mode
  • Copy 2FA code directly from the notification
  • Glanceable VPN status in the system tray
  • The lighter Search box on Taskbar when Windows is set to a custom color mode
  • Updated Simplified Chinese handwriting recognition engine
  • Access key shortcut same as Canary build
  • Narrator Outlook Support same as the Canary build
  • Other Fixes

If you were on the Dev channel with the 25000 series build then you are more likely to receive the Canary build from now on. If you are not seeing the Canary build, it will be available soon. And if you were on the 23000 series build, you will continue to receive Dev builds.

In case you want to switch between channels, it is easy to switch to higher series builds and the opposite when switching to lower series which requires a clean installation.

You can check for the update manually by going to Settings > Windows Update.

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