Windows 11 Insider build 25982 released for the Canary Channel

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Copilot in Windows is beginning to make an appearance in the Windows 11 Insider Canary Channel with build 25982. This rollout is happening gradually, in select global markets in North America, the United Kingdom, and parts of Asia and South America, so not all Canary Channel Insiders will get Copilot in Windows right away, but it’s coming.

To get started, look for the Copilot icon on the taskbar or simply press WIN + C to launch Copilot in Windows using the same Microsoft account (MSA) or Microsoft Entra ID (formerly Azure Active Directory) account that you use to sign in on Windows.

Build 25982 also supports requiring encryption of all outbound SMB connections. This encryption “enforces the highest level of network security as well as bringing management parity to SMB signing.”

There are a number of changes and improvements coming to the Canary Channel in build 259082, including

  • Client-side support of the DNR (Discovery of Network-designated Resolvers)
    “Until today, Windows Insiders users had to find out the IP address of their desired encrypted DNS server and manually enter it to configure client-side encrypted DNS on their machine. DNR will enable Windows Insider users to use encrypted DNS protocols like DNS over HTTPS (DoH) and DNS over TLS (DoT) on the client-side without requiring manual configuration.”
  • Improved performance of ReFS volumes using Block Cloning Support in the Windows copy engine.
  • Remote Desktop Connection now supports zoom options of 350, 400, 450, and 500%
  • The show accent color option is now greyed out in light mode to make it more clear that this option is only available in dark mode

In addition, there are some fixes for known issues, and more known issues. Be sure to check out the blog post for all the details.