Some much anticipated Windows 11 features are now up for testing in Windows Insider Beta, Release Preview channels

Arif Bacchus

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Microsoft is delivering on its January promise of delivering new experience to Windows 11 users. Now rolling out to Windows Insiders in the Beta and Release Preview channels is Windows 11 Build 22000.526. This release brings some much anticipated new features like seeing the weather in the Taskbar, seeing the date and time on multiple monitors, and sharing the open application windows directly from your taskbar to a Microsoft Teams call.

Though these features were already in testing in the Dev Channel months ago, the rollout to the Beta and Release Preview Channels means that regular non-beta testing Windows 11 users should be getting these same features soon. As you likely know, this is because the Beta and Release Preview branches are the most stable and the place where Microsoft last tests new WIndows elements.

Today’s build also brings some other bug fixes relating to TIme Zone settings, Task Manager, and more. The changelog can be seen below, so we can spare you the visit to Microsoft’s blog.

  • We fixed an issue that occurs when Windows Server 2016 runs as a terminal server using certain cloud computing virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). As result, the servers randomly stop responding after running for a period of time
  • We fixed an issue that might cause the time zone list in Settings to appear blank for users who are not administrators.
  • We fixed an issue that affects the Windows search service and occurs when you query using the proximity operator.
  • We fixed an issue that fails to show the Startup impact values in Task Manager.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents ShellWindows() from returning the InternetExplorer object when iexplore.exe runs in the Microsoft Edge Internet Explorer mode context.
  • We provided the ability to share cookies between Microsoft Edge Internet Explorer mode and Microsoft Edge.
  • We fixed an issue that affects dialog boxes in Microsoft Edge Internet Explorer mode.
  • We fixed an issue that causes Microsoft Edge Internet Explorer mode to stop working when you press the F1 key.
  • We fixed an issue that causes the improper cleanup of Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) objects. This prevents session teardown and causes a session to stop responding.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents printing from operating properly for some low integrity process apps.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents you from unloading and reloading drivers when the drivers are protected Hypervisor-protected Code Integrity (HVCI).
  • We fixed an issue that affects the Silent BitLocker enablement policy and might unintentionally add a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) protector.
  • We fixed a reliability issue that affects the use of the Remote Desktop app to mount a client’s local drive to a terminal server session.
  • We fixed an issue that displays right-to-left (RTL) language text as left justified on File Explorer command menus and context menus.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents you from reaching the LanguagePackManagement configuration service provider (CSP) using the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Bridge.
  • We opened Microsoft Office files that are in the Start menu’s recommended section in the browser. This occurs if the device does not have an appropriate Microsoft Office license and the file is stored in Microsoft OneDrive or Microsoft SharePoint. If there is a license, the file will open in the desktop app instead.
  • We fixed an issue that causes a mismatch between a Remote Desktop session’s keyboard and the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) client when signing in.
  • We fixed an issue that causes incorrect tooltips to appear in an empty area on the taskbar after you hover over other icons like battery, volume, or Wi-Fi.
  • We fixed an issue that occurs when you try to write a service principal name (SPN) alias (such as www/FOO) and HOST/FOO already exists on another object. If the RIGHT_DS_WRITE_PROPERTY is on the SPN attribute of the colliding object, you receive an “Access Denied” error.
  • We fixed an issue that disconnects Offline Files on the network drive after you restart the OS and sign in. This issue occurs if the Distributed File System (DFS) path is mapped to the network drive.
  • We fixed an issue that displays the authentication dialog twice when you mount a network drive.

Note that, a feature from the Windows 10 21H2 update also rolled out to Windows 11 in this release. This is Windows Hello for Business Cloud Trust. It uses the same technology and deployment steps that support on-premises single sign-on (SSO) for Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) security keys. “Cloud Trust removes the public-key infrastructure (PKI) requirements for deploying Windows and simplifies the Windows Hello for Business deployment experience,” said Microsoft.

Though it hasn’t been confirmed, Windows Central also believes that this build eventually enables support Android app support on the production version of WIndows 11. We’ll have to wait and see, but for now, it’s exciting that Windows 11 is getting features that Microsoft promised.