Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23486 brings Passkey for a Passwordless Experience

Today, Microsoft has released three separate builds of Windows 11 to the insider preview program, with two builds rolling out to the beta channel and one to the dev channel. The latest insider preview build rolling to the dev channel is labeled with the 23486 version number and brings new features, improvements, and fixes. Read along to know all details about the new Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23486.

Microsoft plants the new build of Windows 11 to the developer channel with Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23486.1000 (rs_prerelease) build number. It is a gradual upgrade that you can easily install on your PC. If you are a tester, you may have already received the new update.

In terms of changes, the new build introduces a passwordless experience to the operating system through the new Passkeys feature. Microsoft said the future is passwordless. Passkeys will replace traditional passwords, you can use these keys to sign into a website or application that supports them. The best thing is, these are more secure than passwords, hard to be stolen, and phishing resistant. You can use Passkeys on websites like BestBuy, eBay, and Google. Here’s how you can create and manage Passkey.

Create and Sign in using passkeys saved on your Windows device:

  • Go to a website that has enabled passkeys on Windows (Example: bestbuy.com, ebay.com, google.com).
  • Create a passkey from your account settings.
  • Sign out of your account and sign-in using your passkey.

Sign in using passkeys saved on your phone:

  • Go to a website that has enabled passkeys from your mobile device (Example: bestbuy.com, ebay.com, google.com).
  • Create a passkey from your account settings.
  • Go to the website on Windows and sign in using your passkey saved on your mobile device.

Manage passkeys saved to your Windows device: We are giving users a fundamental control over how they can manage the passkeys saved to their Windows device. They can now view and delete passkeys saved for their favorite apps/websites from Windows settings.

  • Navigate to Settings > Accounts > Passkeys.
  • You are presented with a list of all passkeys saved to your Windows device.
  • You can now search and delete any passkey from the device.

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23486 – Changes and Improvements

  • File Explorer
    • Thank you to all the Windows Insiders who gave us feedback on the Folder Options changes in File Explorer that removed a handful of old settings in Build 23481. We’ve rolled back this change. As is normal for the Dev Channel, we will often try things out and get feedback and adjust based on the feedback we receive.
  • Dev Home
    • [ADDED] Starting with this build, Dev Home is now an inbox app. In a future flight, Dev Home will be found via Start > All apps > Windows Tools. To learn more about Dev Home, check out this blog post here and also read about the latest Dev Home update here.
  • Dynamic Lighting
    • New Effects are now available for Dynamic Lighting via Settings > Personalization > Dynamic Lighting. Check out Wave, Wheel, and Gradient.
  • Emoji
    • Unicode Emoji 15, which began rolling out with Build 23475, is now available to all Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel.
  • Settings
    • We are improving the user experience when changing time zones, including cases of low confidence in location data. It displays a non-dismissible notification for accepting or rejecting the change and prompts the user for confirmation before adjusting the time zone.
    • We are also improving the user experience while changing the time zone via Settings > Time & language > Date & time. If location settings are disabled, a warning is now shown to the user, urging them to enable location settings to ensure accurate time zone adjustments. This warning provides helpful information to the user, helping them understand why their time zone may not be correct and guiding them towards resolving the issue.

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23486 – Fixes

  • Dynamic Lighting
    • We fixed the issue where on first boot after installing recent builds and connecting a device, the “Use Dynamic Lighting on my devices” toggle is off in Settings and device LEDs may not turn on automatically.
  • Input
    • We’re rolling a fix for an issue where a blank window whose title is “Windows Input Experience” appears after resuming the device from the sleep.
  • Network
    • Fixed an issue where the login screen was crashing in the last couple flights when trying to connect to certain types of networks.
  • Task Manager
    • Fixed an issue causing Task Manager crashes for some people.
    • Fixed an issue where focus wasn’t getting set correctly to search if the Task Manager window was small enough that search was collapsed to an icon.
    • Fixed alignment of Task Manager icon and name in the title bar.
    • Right clicking the empty space in the Details page (aka so no process is actually selected) will no longer show the option to create live kernel memory dumps.
    • Fixed an issue where the live kernel memory dumps weren’t being cleaned up by Storage Sense.

If your PC is running on Windows 11 with the dev channel in Windows Insider Preview Program, then you can install the new release preview build on your system. You can check for the new update by visiting Settings > Windows Update > Check for updates.

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