Today, Microsoft has released two new Windows 11 builds, one for the beta channel (build 22623.875), while the second build is for the developer channel. The new incremental upgrade is labeled with the 25231 build number and is available in the developer channel. It is not a big upgrade, instead, a minor upgrade bringing available features to all insiders. Read along to know more about Windows 11 build 25231.
Microsoft is pushing the new dev channel build with Windows 11 Insider Preview 25231.1000 (rs_prerelease) build version. As it is an incremental upgrade, you can quickly upgrade your system to the new build.
In terms of changes, the new dev channel build brings the touch-optimized taskbar to all insiders, which was previously available to a small set of users in the dev channel. If you have a touchscreen device running on Windows 11 (the latest dev build), then you can now use the new taskbar, which collapses to a smaller size, and will be expanded later using a swipe gesture. Currently, the feature is limited to the dev channel, if everything goes fine the feature will be released to the beta channel.
Apart from the touch-optimized taskbar, the new dev build brings a language-neutral word list to more users, the list will be synced across all devices using the same Windows account. Another feature coming to more users is the cloud suggestion feature Simplified Chinese IME.
The latest dev build addresses a big list of issues available on the previous builds, the list includes a new tooltip is showing when hovering the mouse over sound icon in the Quick Settings, fixes the font used in Wi-Fi section in Quick Settings, fixed an issue which sometimes led to crashes in certain apps, and more.
Here’s the complete list of new features and changes coming with the new dev channel build.
Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25231 – Changes and Improvements
- The change that began rolling out with Build 25179 to the spelling dictionary so that it now uses a language-neutral word list and syncs across all devices that use the same Windows account is now available to all Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. Users can toggle this feature via Settings > Accounts > Windows backup > Remember my preferences > Language preferences. This currently only works with Microsoft accounts today with AAD support coming later.
- Tablet-optimized Taskbar
- Tablet-optimized taskbar which began rolling out with Build 25197 is now available to all Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel, as is the System Tray improvements that began rolling out with Build 25211 that include drag and drop.
- The cloud suggestion feature Simplified Chinese IME that began rolling out with Build 25217 is now available for all Insiders in the Dev Channel.
Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25231 – Fixes
- When moving your mouse over the sound icon on Quick Settings, the tooltip will now display when spatial audio is in use – not just that it is enabled.
- Removed the backplate from UWP app icons in Apps > Default apps and Apps > Apps for websites.
- Fixed the font used on the Wi-Fi section of Quick Settings when Wi-Fi was off, so that it’s consistent with the other text in Quick Settings
- Fixed an issue believed to be the root cause of certain network cameras unexpectedly not being added when you selected them under Bluetooth & Devices > Cameras.
- Improved DPI-awareness when launching setup.exe from a mounted ISO, so the initial logo while it’s preparing should no longer be blurry in certain cases.
- Fixed a rare issue where FindWindow and FindWindowEx might return an unexpected window.
- Fixed an issue where sometimes you wouldn’t be able to use FIDO to unlock your PC if it was connected to an external display with the laptop lid closed.
- Fixed an issue which sometimes led to crashes in certain apps (like Paint, and Windows Terminal) when attempting to display a tooltip.
You can check the list of known issues on the Windows Insider Blog.
If you’ve joined the dev channel on Insider Preview Program and running on Windows 11, then you’ll receive the dev preview build. You can simply head over to Settings > Windows Update > click on Check for Updates. And from there you can simply install the update on your PC.
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