Microsoft releases new Windows builds to different channels every week. After releasing a build to the Preview channel yesterday, Microsoft releases a new build to the Dev channel today. The new update to the Dev Channel is Windows 11 Build 25247. It is bigger than weekly updates and comes with some new features and bug fixes.
Windows has different Insider channels that are used for testing builds which are then released to the public. And users in the Dev channel get the update before or sometimes after the Beta channel. But at the same time, it is considered less stable than updates from other channels. The last beta update for Dev Channel was released in the first week of this month.
The latest Windows 11 build 25247 includes many new features such as Windows Studio Effects shortcut in quick settings, energy recommendation in the battery settings, task manager improvements, battery theme support, and more. Some of these features are already available in the last update (build 22623.885) for beta channel.
It is a big update that comes with many new features along with bug fixes. Apart from what was mentioned above, the update also includes new suggested actions. Users will get a quick option to search for the selected text. Another change that comes with the new update is the cloud storage overview on the Accounts page in Settings.
There are some other changes and improvements in the Windows 11 update 25247. You can check these changes below.
Changes and Improvements
- Earlier this week, we released an optional .NET update (2022-11 Cumulative Update Preview for .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.8.1 for Windows Version Next for x64 (KB5020992)) to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel designed to test delivery of .NET improvements in the future. This .NET update does not include anything new and will be available under Settings > Windows Update > Advanced Options > Optional Updates If you run into any issues finding or installing this update, please submit feedback via Feedback Hub.
- We’ve been working on adding more valuable content to the Recommended section in Start and are excited to introduce a new content type: websites. For the first phase, we will recommend common websites based on your region or browsing history to help you easily get back to the websites you care about. This can be controlled by right-clicking on a website and choosing to remove that website individually or to stop showing all recommended websites entirely. Only some Insiders will see this experience and, if you do, please share your feedback.
[Taskbar & System Tray]
- In response to user feedback, we are introducing the capability to show seconds in the clock on the system tray. This feature can be enabled by toggling the option listed under Settings > Personalization > Taskbar in the Taskbar behavior section. You can also right-click on taskbar to quickly get to taskbar settings. We are beginning to roll this change out so not all Windows Insiders will see this change right away, but we hope to make it available to everyone soon.
[Search on the Taskbar]
- We made performance improvements that will allow more files and content on your PC to show up as results in the Windows search box. We look forward to hearing your feedback on whether you notice an improvement with your file results within Windows.
- Switched the touch keyboard icon option under Settings > Personalization > Taskbarfrom being a toggle to now being a dropdown where you can select Never, Always, or When no keyboard attached.
- We are including two new keyboard layouts in this flight. These keyboards implement the two new French keyboard layout standards (AZERTY and BÉPO). The new layouts are designed to allow the user to type all the required characters of the French language. They also include support for all the Latin-based languages of the European Union as well as Greek letters and a large variety of scientific, mathematical, and financial symbols. To enable one of these layouts, go to Settings > Time & language > Language & region and select Language options under the ellipsis for the language you would like to use this keyboard with. On the Options page, select “Add a keyboard” and look for the new keyboard layouts “French (Standard, AZERTY)” or “French (Standard, BÉPO)”. The previous AZERTY layout now displays as (Legacy, AZERTY).
- We have made improvements to Emoji search for Japanese and Simplified Chinese by handling Kana/Kanji and Pinyin properly in the emoji panel.
Microsoft has also addressed many bugs in this update. You can check the bug fixes and known issues on the official page by heading here.
The new Windows 11 25247 update is available to users in the Dev Channel. So if you have opted for the Insider program in the Dev channel you will receive the update on your device. You can look for the update manually from Settings > Windows Update page.
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