Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26080 brings a big list of new features

Microsoft is preparing for a big Windows 11 update. Today, the company has pushed some of the upcoming features to the dev and canary channels. Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26080 comes with several new features, enhancements, and fixes. Read on to know more details.

Microsoft plants the new build on the dev channel with the Windows 11 Insider Preview 10.0.26080.1100 (ge_release) build number. If you are on the Canary channel, then your system will receive the update with the 26080.1 version number.

Moving to the list of changes, then the update brings the all-new Teams app. Microsoft said, “Starting with Windows 11, version 24H2, Teams users will get access to a preview experience of the new, unified Microsoft Teams experience on Windows.”

Apart from these changes, you can now easily join meetings in Teams, notifications get better, easy account switching, and more.

The next notable change coming with today’s release is the improvements to Copilot now available to more users. You can now manage accessibility-focused settings and use Power Automate Desktop through Copilot. These are some new commands you can use.

  • Ask for available wireless networks.
  • Ask for system or device information.
  • Ask for battery information.
  • Ask to clean storage.
  • Ask to empty recycle bin.
  • Ask to toggle battery saver.
  • Ask to show startup apps.
  • Ask for your IP address.
  • Ask for system, device, or storage information.

Power Automate is also available through Copilot. It is a low-code automation solution that is part of the Power Platform. The updated Copilot experience on Windows 11 is now able to switch between the existing “docked” behavior that attaches Copilot to the side of your desktop.

Apart from these changes, you can now turn on live captions directly from quick settings.

The update also introduces a redesigned progress bar under app icons appearing on the taskbar.

For file explorer, the update introduces new action for files with similar naming while extracting. You can now choose to apply your selected action (skip, replace) for all conflicts. Apart from these changes, there are some improvements for Windows updates and Printing.

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26080 – Fixes

  • General
    • IMPORTANT NOTE FOR DEV DRIVE USERS: Insiders on Build 26068 and higher who have Dev Drives should no longer see their Dev Drives breaking when rolling back as long as you roll back to Build 26063 and higher. Rolling back to earlier builds may still result in issues with Dev Drives.
    • IMPORTANT NOTE: Fixed an issue causing Windows Update in Settings to not load or crash in Build 26063. If you are still on Build 26063 and encounter this, rebooting may resolve the issue. If it doesn’t, the update should still eventually download on its own – appreciate your patience.
    • Fixed an issue for Narrator not working when setting up a device or in Advanced Startup.
  • Copilot in Windows
    • Fixed an issue where if you turned the Copilot icon off and back on in Settings never showed it on your taskbar again.
  • Taskbar & System Tray
    • Fixed a memory leak related to showing the tooltip for the date and time in the taskbar when you had enabled additional clocks.
  • File Explorer
    • Fixed an underlying issue believed to be the cause of some Insiders finding File Explorer had started freezing and using unexpectedly high CPU in the last couple builds. Please file feedback in the Feedback Hub if you continue experiencing this after upgrading.
    • Fixed an issue where your preference for “Show extracted files when complete” when extracting files in File Explorer wasn’t persisting across upgrades.
    • Fixed a timing issue where when you start a search from Home in File Explorer, it might unexpectedly show no results the first time you tried.
    • Fixed an issue causing the Details view in File Explorer to be unexpectedly cramped in recent builds when using compact mode.
    • Made a change to help address an issue where after a DWM crash, when you opened File Explorer it could just show a blank area on top instead of rendering the area correctly.
    • Fixed an issue where the 7zip and ZIP compression options weren’t displaying correctly for Insiders with the English (United Kingdom) display language.
  • Task Manager
    • Fixed an issue which could lead to your GPU showing as -1 in Task Manager.
    • Fixed an issue where Task Manager may unexpectedly show no GPU % used (when that was not the case).
    • Fixed an issue impacting Task Manager reliability.
  • Audio
    • Fixed an issue causing HDMI connected devices to not have audio in the last few builds.
  • Input
    • Fixed an issue causing the input switcher (WIN + Space) design to revert to an older style and draw in the wrong location.
    • Fixed an issue where DWM could hang when writing with pen in Snipping Tool.
    • Fixed a high hitting ctfmon.exe crash, which could impact the ability to input text.
    • Fixed an issue where magnifier wasn’t following the mouse cursor when centered on screen in recent builds.
    • Fixed an issue where mouse cursor shadows (if enabled) were not rendered correctly with large cursors.
    • Fixed an issue where the mouse cursor was unexpectedly leaving a trail of mice on the screen.
    • Fixed an issue which could lead to some mice and keyboards not working in safe mode.
    • Fixed an issue where when waking your PC from sleep in Build 26063 the touchpad might be banged out in Device Manager, resulting in the mouse cursor not showing when you tried to use it.
  • Settings
    • Fixed an issue where a Display Connection section was incorrectly showing up under Settings > System > Display > Graphics that when clicked, would crash Settings.
    • Fixed an issue where a brightness slider might not show in Settings > System > Display in recent builds even though a brightness slider was available for you to use in Quick Settings.
  • Other
    • Fixed an underlying issue which could lead to Snipping Tool hanging.
    • Fixed an underlying dxgi.dll issue which led to some app and game crashes in Build 26058+.
    • Fixed an underlying issue with winmmbase.dll which could lead to app crashes in Build 26058+.
    • Fixed an issue related to tcpip.sys which was causing some Insiders to see bugchecks with UNEXPECTED_KERNEL_MODE_TRAP in the last few builds.
    • Fixed an issue which was causing some Insiders to see bugchecks with SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION in the last few builds.
    • Fixed an issue which was causing some Insiders to see bugchecks with DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION in the last few builds.
    • Fixed an issue where if you attempted to use the Windows Update troubleshooter, it would show error 0x803C010A.

If your PC is running on Windows 11 with the canary 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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