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  1. Today Microsoft released Microsoft Edge Beta Build 95.0.1020.9 as part of their regular 4-weekly update cycle. The Beta channel is considered to be the most stable preview channel, only releasing features well tested in the Canary and Dev version of the browser. The last major release was on 2nd September, with more minor bug fixes since. This is the first release on Chromium 95, and brings the following new features and improvements: Feature updates View in File Explorer support for SharePoint Online libraries in Microsoft Edge. Now you can enable the View in File Explorer capability on SharePoint Online Modern Document Libraries. For this experience to be visible and work for your users, you will need to enable the Microsoft Edge policy “Configure the View in File Explorer feature for SharePoint pages in Microsoft Edge” and update your SharePoint Online tenant configuration. Learn more: View SharePoint files with File Explorer in Microsoft Edge – SharePoint in Microsoft 365 | Microsoft Docs. Intranet zone file URL links will open in Windows File Explorer. You can allow file URL links to intranet zone files originating from intranet zone HTTPS websites to open Windows File Explorer for that file or directory. You can enable this experience using the IntranetFileLinksEnabled policy. Improvements to the downloads experience. Support for the download user experience is being extended to progressive web applications PWAs and WebView. We will also begin to support drag and drop to the File Explorer and Desktop. Pick up where you left off on PDF documents. You will now be able to resume reading from where you last closed your PDF document. Efficiency mode extends battery life when your laptop enters battery saver mode. Efficiency mode will become active when your laptop enters battery saver mode to allow the browser to manage resource usage to extend the battery life of your machine. You will have four options for when efficiency mode becomes active, Unplugged and low battery, Unplugged, Always, and Never. Please note: this is a Controlled Feature Rollout. Devices with a battery should have the feature turned on. New Policies BrowserLegacyExtensionPointsBlockingEnabled Enable browser legacy extension point blocking CrossOriginWebAssemblyModuleSharingEnabled Specifies whether WebAssembly modules can be sent cross-origin DisplayCapturePermissionsPolicyEnabled Specifies whether the display-capture permissions-policy is checked or skipped InternetExplorerIntegrationWindowOpenHeightAdjustment Configure the pixel adjustment between window.open heights sourced from IE mode pages vs. Edge mode pages InternetExplorerIntegrationWindowOpenWidthAdjustment Configure the pixel adjustment between window.open widths sourced from IE mode pages vs. Edge mode pages IntranetFileLinksEnabled Allow intranet zone file URL links from Microsoft Edge to open in Windows File Explorer ShadowStackCrashRollbackBehavior Configure ShadowStack crash rollback behavior VisualSearchEnabled Visual search enabled Obsoleted Policies InternetExplorerIntegrationTestingAllowed Allow Internet Explorer mode testing LegacySameSiteCookieBehaviorEnabled Enable default legacy SameSite cookie behavior setting Edge Beta can be downloaded at Microsoft here. Microsoft Edge Beta build 95 is out – now with official changelog
  2. Microsoft has released a new Office Insider Preview Build 14517.20000 for Windows users that registered in the Beta Channel of the Office Insider program. The new build adds tons of fixes for issues found in Word, Excel, Office Suite, Project, Outlook, but brings no new features. You can read the full official changelog below to know about what’s been fixed. Changelog Word Notable fixes We fixed an issue where changes failed to sync and progress was lost in both the synced file and the locally backed up file. We fixed an issue where Word would become slow to respond while using a high CPU percentage. We fixed an issue where AutoCorrect was not working in Modern Comments. Excel Notable fixes We fixed an issue where the error ERROR_DISK_FULL would appear before maintenance would begin. We fixed an issue where Excel’s enclosed numeric characters showed as question marks. Project Notable fix We fixed an issue where the beforetaskchange event would fire twice and included incorrect information when the predecessors field changed. Outlook Notable fixes We fixed an issue where the sensitivity tab was disabled in the frame-control window for some users. We fixed an issue where search did not include items from an online archive mailbox. Office Suite Notable fix We fixed an issue where a user can’t open an .xls/.ppt/.doc file in a folder that was synced from a SharePoint folder with read permission. To update to the latest Microsoft Office Insider Preview Build, open any Office program and go to File> Account> Update Options> Update Now. Microsoft releases Windows Office Insider Preview Build 14517.20000 for Beta Channel subscribers
  3. Microsoft has released a new Office Insider Preview Build 14509.20000 for Windows users that registered in the Beta Channel of the Office Insider program. The new build adds the ability for the users to apply default sensitivity labels when modifying existing files. The update also includes bug fixes for issues found in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Project. You can read the full official changelog below. Changelog Word, Excel, PowerPoint Apply default sensitivity labels when modifying existing files Up until now, default sensitivity labels, configured by your administrator, were automatically applied when a file was created. Now, labels are applied whenever a document, worksheet, or presentation is either created or modified. Note that you can select a different label if one better matches the sensitivity of a given file. Word Notable fixes We fixed an issue that negatively impacted the typing speed in a document when an animated GIF is playing. We fixed an issue that caused the Save indicator to stop responding. Excel Notable fix We fixed an issue that caused an insufficient memory warning to appear when copying and pasting content. PowerPoint Notable fix We fixed an issue where ink would not be displayed when a PowerPoint slide was pasted in another program. Outlook Notable fix We fixed an issue that negatively impacted the typing speed in a document when an animated GIF is playing. Project Notable fix We fixed an issue that caused the Visual Basic Applications (VBA) OrganizerMoveItem method that is used to move custom field information from one project to another to not work properly when the Name parameter is omitted. To update to the latest Microsoft Office Insider Preview Build, open any Office program and go to File> Account> Update Options> Update Now. Microsoft releases new Windows Office Insider Preview Build 14509.20000 for Beta Channel subscribers
  4. Microsoft is today releasing a Beta channel build. While the Dev channel got Windows 11 build 22458 yesterday, the beta channel is being served a cumulative update, bumping up the build number to 22000.194. This is to be expected since the version heading to the Beta channel is in its final stages of development, being made ready for the October 5 release. However, the version will continue receiving cumulative updates with bug fixes post-release, especially since the release is a staggered one. As for the fixes themselves, there's a few that are listed below, but readers might need to be aware that this build also introduces the TPM requirements in Virtual Machines, meaning updates will be blocked if you are running Windows 11 in anything but VMWare Workstation Pro or Hyper-V Manager that is included in Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows. Addressed an issue where if you enable then disable a contrast theme, it would lead to artifacts in title bars, in some cases making the minimize/maximize/close buttons hard to see and use. Fixed a crash with certain connected devices that could result in not being able to use Bluetooth. Mitigated an issue that was resulting in subtitles not appearing when expected in certain apps, particularly Japanese language subtitles. Fixed an issue that was causing certain PCs to bugcheck during modern standby. Mitigated an issue when typing with certain 3rd party IMEs into the search box in Settings that could result in the candidate window being rendered elsewhere on-screen (not attached to the search box) and/or characters inserted into the search box not displaying. We fixed an issue that causes PowerShell to create an infinite number of child directories. This issue occurs when you use the PowerShell Move-Item command to move a directory to one of its children. As a result, the volume fills up and the system stops responding. This build includes a change that aligns the enforcement of the Windows 11 system requirements on Virtual Machines (VMs) to be the same as it is for physical PCs. Previously created VMs running Insider Preview builds may not update to the latest preview builds. In Hyper-V, VMs need to be created as a Generation 2 VM. For more details on the Windows 11 system requirements – see this blog post here. The build, however, contains a the exact same list of known issues as the previous one, released a week ago. It is anybody’s guess if these issues will be fixed in time for general availability, or if the OS ships with a few known issues, something that has happened in the past with certain Windows 10 versions. Here is the complete list of issues: [General] We’re investigating reports from Insiders in the Beta Channel where after upgrading to Windows 11, they are not seeing the new Taskbar and the Start menu doesn’t work. To workaround this if you are impacted, please try going to Windows Update > Update history, uninstalling the latest cumulative update for Windows, and the reinstall it by checking for updates. We’re working on a fix for an issue that is causing some Surface Pro X’s to bugcheck with a WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR. [Start] In some cases, you might be unable to enter text when using Search from Start or the Taskbar. If you experience the issue, press WIN + R on the keyboard to launch the Run dialog box, then close it. System and Windows Terminal is missing when right-clicking on the Start button (WIN + X). [Taskbar] The Taskbar will sometimes flicker when switching input methods. [Search] After clicking the Search icon on the Taskbar, the Search panel may not open. If this occurs, restart the “Windows Explorer” process, and open the search panel again. Search panel might appear as black and not display any content below the search box. [Widgets] The widgets board may appear empty. To work around the issue, you can sign out and then sign back in again. Widgets may be displayed in the wrong size on external monitors. If you encounter this, you can launch the widgets via touch or WIN + W shortcut on your actual PC display first and then launch on your secondary monitors. [Microsoft Store] We continue to work to improve search relevance in the Store. [Windows Sandbox] Within Windows Sandbox, the language input switcher does not launch after clicking the switcher icon on the Taskbar. As a workaround, users can switch their input language via any of the following hardware keyboard shortcuts: Alt + Shift, Ctrl + Shift, or Win + Space (the third option is available only if Sandbox is full-screened). Within Windows Sandbox, the IME context menu does not launch after clicking the IME icon in the Taskbar. As workarounds, users can access the functionalities of the IME context menu with either of following methods: Accessing the IME settings via Settings > Time & language > Language & region > (e.g., Japanese) three dots > Language options > (e.g., Microsoft IME) three dots > Keyboard options. Optionally, you may also enable the IME toolbar, an alternative UI, to quickly invoke specific IME functions. Continuing from above, navigate to Keyboard options > Appearance > Use IME toolbar. Using the unique set of hardware keyboard shortcuts associated with each IME-supported language. (See: Japanese IME Shortcuts, Traditional Chinese IME Shortcuts). As usual, Beta channel users can check for updates via Windows Update to pull the build. It will not be surprising to soon see Windows 11 builds head to the Release Preview channel for consumers since they have already begun being made available for commercial testing. Windows 11 build 22000.194 adds update block for Virtual Machines in Beta channel
  5. Microsoft today announced the release of Windows 11 Build 22000.184 with a couple of bug fixes for Beta Channel Insiders and commercial PCs in the Release Preview Channel. This build also comes with several known issues including the new Taskbar and the Start menu doesn’t work after the upgrade. Find the full change log below. What’s new in Windows 11 Build 22000.184: Fixes [General] Fixed an issue where the new learn more info in OOBE about Windows Hello wasn’t translated for non-English languages. Fixed an issue where a small set of languages were missing translations across the UI in Windows 11. Known issues [General] We’re investigating reports from Insiders in the Beta Channel where after upgrading to Windows 11, they are not seeing the new Taskbar and the Start menu doesn’t work. To workaround this if you are impacted, please try going to Windows Update > Update history, uninstalling the latest cumulative update for Windows, and the reinstall it by checking for updates. We’re working on a fix for an issue that is causing some Surface Pro X’s to bugcheck with a WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR. [Start] In some cases, you might be unable to enter text when using Search from Start or the Taskbar. If you experience the issue, press WIN + R on the keyboard to launch the Run dialog box, then close it. System and Windows Terminal is missing when right-clicking on the Start button (WIN + X). [Taskbar] The Taskbar will sometimes flicker when switching input methods. [Search] After clicking the Search icon on the Taskbar, the Search panel may not open. If this occurs, restart the “Windows Explorer” process, and open the search panel again. Search panel might appear as black and not display any content below the search box. [Widgets] The widgets board may appear empty. To work around the issue, you can sign out and then sign back in again. Widgets may be displayed in the wrong size on external monitors. If you encounter this, you can launch the widgets via touch or WIN + W shortcut on your actual PC display first and then launch on your secondary monitors. [Microsoft Store] We continue to work to improve search relevance in the Store. [Windows Sandbox] Within Windows Sandbox, the language input switcher does not launch after clicking the switcher icon on the Taskbar. As a workaround, users can switch their input language via any of the following hardware keyboard shortcuts: Alt + Shift, Ctrl + Shift, or Win + Space (the third option is available only if Sandbox is full-screened). Within Windows Sandbox, the IME context menu does not launch after clicking the IME icon in the Taskbar. As workarounds, users can access the functionalities of the IME context menu with either of following methods: Accessing the IME settings via Settings > Time & language > Language & region > (e.g., Japanese) three dots > Language options > (e.g., Microsoft IME) three dots > Keyboard options. Optionally, you may also enable the IME toolbar, an alternative UI, to quickly invoke specific IME functions. Continuing from above, navigate to Keyboard options > Appearance > Use IME toolbar. Using the unique set of hardware keyboard shortcuts associated with each IME-supported language. (See: Japanese IME Shortcuts, Traditional Chinese IME Shortcuts). Source: Microsoft Microsoft releases Windows 11 Build 22000.184 with bug fixes for Beta Channel Insiders
  6. For the first time in the last few weeks, Microsoft is releasing different Windows 11 builds for the Beta and Dev channels. Build 22449 is now rolling out to Dev channel users, bringing a bunch of improvements and bug fixes. It is the first Windows 11 build from the rs_prerelease branch, a development branch that is not tied to any specific version of the OS. However, Beta channel users are now receiving Windows 11 build 22000.176 with a bunch of bug fixes. With the release of Windows 11 now nearing, it is not surprising to see the firm begin focusing on bug-fixing releases alone for the Beta channel, while Dev channel users begin to test bits that are slated to be added to the OS in a future release. The company had already begun cautioning Dev channel users that the upcoming builds will be “less stable”. As for the Beta channel build today, there are improvements to OS in the form of bug fixes. There is just one interesting change, which is the inability to right-click on the Search, Task View, Widgets, and Chat icons on the taskbar and unpin them directly. Users will now have to do so from the Taskbar settings option. There isn't anything in the way of features, which isn't surprising as the OS is close to being complete and ready for shipping to OEMs and eligible users. Here are all the fixes: [General] We fixed an issue with paired Bluetooth LE devices that was causing an increase in Bluetooth reliability issues and bugchecks after resume from hibernate or when Bluetooth was turned off. We mitigated an issue that was resulting some users hitting in an unexpected error when trying to take pictures with certain USB cameras. When setting up Windows Hello in OOBE, we’ve added a new link to learn more about Windows Hello. [Chat from Microsoft Teams] Arabic and Hebrew languages will now allow changing Teams Settings. We fixed the issue where if you were making an outgoing call, there was no ring tone, but the user interface would show that the call is getting connected. [Microsoft Store] The following issues were fixed in the most recent Store updates: We fixed the issue where the install button might not be functional in limited scenarios. We also fixed an issue where rating and reviews were not available for some apps. AS with every build, the company is also listing the known issues that users must be aware of. While the list is still long, expect these to gradually be addressed in the next few builds as the firm prepares the OS for general availability, which is expected to happen in October. Additionally, fixes made as part of the Dev channel build are also expected to make it to Beta channel releases, so the next few builds might begin addressing all the issues listed below. Here is the complete list of known issues: [General] We’re investigating reports from Insiders in the Beta Channel where after upgrading to Windows 11, they are not seeing the new Taskbar and the Start menu doesn’t work. To workaround this if you are impacted, please try going to Windows Update > Update history, uninstalling the latest cumulative update for Windows, and the reinstall it by checking for updates. We’re working on a fix for an issue that is causing some Surface Pro X devices to bug check with a WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR. [Start] In some cases, you might be unable to enter text when using Search from Start or the Taskbar. If you experience the issue, press WIN + R on the keyboard to launch the Run dialog box, then close it. System and Windows Terminal is missing when right-clicking on the Start button (WIN + X). [Taskbar] The Taskbar will sometimes flicker when switching input methods. [Search] After clicking the Search icon on the Taskbar, the Search panel may not open. If this occurs, restart the “Windows Explorer” process, and open the search panel again. Search panel might appear as black and not display any content below the search box. [Widgets] The widgets board may appear empty. To work around the issue, you can sign out and then sign back in again. Widgets may be displayed in the wrong size on external monitors. If you encounter this, you can launch the widgets via touch or WIN + W shortcut on your actual PC display first and then launch on your secondary monitors. [Microsoft Store] We continue to work to improve search relevance in the Store. [Windows Sandbox] Within Windows Sandbox, the language input switcher does not launch after clicking the switcher icon on the Taskbar. As a workaround, users can switch their input language via any of the following hardware keyboard shortcuts: Alt + Shift, Ctrl + Shift, or Win + Space (the third option is available only if Sandbox is full-screened). Within Windows Sandbox, the IME context menu does not launch after clicking the IME icon in the Taskbar. As workarounds, users can access the functionalities of the IME context menu with either of following methods: Accessing the IME settings via Settings > Time & language > Language & region > (e.g. Japanese) three dots > Language options > (e.g. Microsoft IME) three dots > Keyboard options. Optionally, you may also enable the IME toolbar, an alternative UI to quickly invoke specific IME functions. Continuing from above, navigate to Keyboard options > Appearance > Use IME toolbar. Using the unique set of hardware keyboard shortcuts associated with each IME-supported language. (See: Japanese IME Shortcuts, Traditional Chinese IME Shortcuts). [Localization] There is an issue where some Insiders may be some missing translations from their user experience for a small subset of languages running the latest Insider Preview builds. To confirm if you have been impacted, please visit this Answers forum post and follow the steps for remediation. In addition to this, the Microsoft Store update with a revamped Library Ui and improved navigation is introduced with the last Dev channel build is also making it to the Beta channel with today's update. Microsoft has also announced that it is releasing Windows 11 in the Release Preview channel for Windows Insider Program for Business customers as an optional update, allowing those customers to begin validation and acceptance testing. Those that do not want to move to Windows 11 can also begin testing Windows 10 version 21H2. Now that the firm has decoupled Windows 11 builds slated for release later this year from the Dev channel, focusing on bug fixes for the Beta channel, it will not be surprising to see the OS head to Release Preview channel users in the next few weeks, especially since commercial customers are already eligible in that channel. Dev channel users, however, will start testing features and changes that will make it to the OS in a future release, likely the 22H2 updates slated for next year. Microsoft releases Windows 11 build 22000.176 to the Beta channel, brings bug fixes
  7. Microsoft has released a new Office Insider Preview Build with version number 16.53 (Build 21082406) for Mac users (Beta Channel). The latest Insider Preview Build brings no new features, but it includes fixes for issues found in Excel. You can read the full official changelog below. Changelog Excel Fixes We fixed an issue where images or shapes would appear to flash or jump when zooming in on a sheet with freeze panes enabled. We fixed an issue where Solver would open on a different desktop if Excel was running in full-screen mode. We fixed an issue which could make a cell appear blank while you’re editing the cell in the row below it. We fixed an issue where an incorrect alert message would appear when trying to change a filter on a PivotTable on a protected sheet. To update to Office Insider Preview Build, open any Office program and go to File > Account > Update options > Update now. New Office version 16.53 (Build 21082406) for Mac users in Beta Channel released, here is what’s new
  8. Microsoft today released a new Windows 11 Insider Preview build for both Beta and Dev channel users. This has been the case in the past few weeks, where Insiders in both channels have been receiving the same builds. Build 22000.160 that is rolling out today brings with it – unsurprisingly – a couple of general improvements along with the usual crop of fixes. One significant addition comes in the way of the update to the Alarms and Clock app, which is now called Clock. The update had been teased by the firm in the past and brings with it new features such as Focus Timer, Spotify, and To Do integration. Additionally, Focus Sessions lets users set a timer to focus on tasks while listening to their Spotify playlists right within the app. There is also a Habit Building feature that lets users set goals and track their progress. Another change is to the estimates feature for Windows Updates that provides users an estimate of the time required for a restart when installing updates. The firm is removing the feature for those running these builds on traditional hard drives (HDDs), making it exclusive to SSD users. The company does add that it aims to bring back the feature after ironing out bugs. What’s still missing in these builds is support for running Android apps through the Microsoft Store via an in-built Amazon app store. While the company showed off the capability as part of the original Windows 11 announcement, the feature is nowhere to be found, even as builds have now begun rolling out to the Beta channel. It is anybody’s guess whether the feature will make it in time for the fall release of Windows 11. Additionally, Dev channel builds are usually not tied to a specific Windows release. With builds being released simultaneously for Dev and Beta, pointing towards a level of stability and completion of the OS, Dev channel users might soon begin testing bits of the OS that will be slated to make it into the version slated for release next year. This is why the firm is urging users interested in staying on stable builds to move to the Beta channel from the Dev channel. In addition to the new Clock app, today’s build also brings a single bug fix, which is odd considering that the OS is inching towards general availability. Here is the fix included in today’s build: Taskbar: We fixed an issue where the “location in use” icon was showing in the Taskbar sometimes even though the usage was blocked by your preferences. Along with the fix, there are a bunch of known issues that users must be aware of. The list is long and includes a few that have been on the list for a while. Here is everything that you should be aware of: [REMINDER] When upgrading to Windows 11 from Windows 10 or when installing an update to Windows 11, some features may be deprecated or removed. See details here. We’re investigating an issue where on some devices, when going to Settings > Windows Update > Windows Insider Program, only the “Stop getting preview builds” option is visible. This prevents Insiders from selecting a channel. We have posted a workaround on Answers. [BETA CHANNEL] We’re investigating reports from Insiders in the Beta Channel where after upgrading to Windows 11, they are not seeing the new Taskbar and the Start menu doesn’t work. To workaround this if you are impacted, please try going to Windows Update > Update history, uninstalling the latest cumulative update for Windows, and the reinstall it by checking for updates. We’re working on a fix for an issue that is causing some Surface Pro X devices to bug check with a WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR. Start: In some cases, you might be unable to enter text when using Search from Start or the Taskbar. If you experience the issue, press WIN + R on the keyboard to launch the Run dialog box, then close it. System and Windows Terminal is missing when right-clicking on the Start button (WIN + X). Taskbar: The Taskbar will sometimes flicker when switching input methods. Search: After clicking the Search icon on the Taskbar, the Search panel may not open. If this occurs, restart the “Windows Explorer” process, and open the search panel again. Search panel might appear as black and not display any content below the search box. On pen enabled devices, apps may not launch from the Search panel. If you experience this issue, please log out and back in to resolve the issue. Settings: Certain searches using the search box in Settings may crash Settings. Bluetooth: We’re investigating reports from Insiders with paired Bluetooth LE devices that are experiencing an increase in Bluetooth reliability issues and bugchecks after resume from hibernate or when Bluetooth is turned off. Widgets: The widgets board may appear empty. To work around the issue, you can sign out and then sign back in again. Widgets may be displayed in the wrong size on external monitors. If you encounter this, you can launch the widgets via touch or WIN + W shortcut on your actual PC display first and then launch on your secondary monitors. [Family widget] Some users may see a ‘connect a device to see screen time activity’ message even with screen time settings enable. [Family widget] Location information may not be available for some users on iOS. Store: We are working to improve search relevance in the Store including resolving an issue where in some cases the ordering of search results is inaccurate. The install button might not be functional yet in some limited scenarios. Rating and reviews are not available for some apps. Windows Sandbox Within Windows Sandbox, the language input switcher does not launch after clicking the switcher icon on the Taskbar. As a workaround, users can switch their input language via any of the following hardware keyboard shortcuts: Alt + Shift, Ctrl + Shift, or Win + Space (the third option is available only if Sandbox is full-screened). Within Windows Sandbox, the IME context menu does not launch after clicking the IME icon in the Taskbar. As workarounds, users can access the functionalities of the IME context menu with either of following methods: Accessing the IME settings via Settings > Time & language > Language & region > (e.g. Japanese) three dots > Language options > (e.g. Microsoft IME) three dots > Keyboard options. Optionally, you may also enable the IME toolbar, an alternative UI to quickly invoke specific IME functions. Continuing from above, navigate to Keyboard options > Appearance > Use IME toolbar. Using the unique set of hardware keyboard shortcuts associated with each IME-supported language. (See: Japanese IME Shortcuts, Traditional Chinese IME Shortcuts). Localization There is an issue where some Insiders may be some missing translations from their user experience for a small subset of languages running the latest Insider Preview builds. To confirm if you have been impacted, please visit this Answers forum post and follow the steps for remediation. Chat from Microsoft Teams Experience is localized for English (US) only. Additional languages and locales forthcoming. When you make an outgoing call, while you do not hear a ring tone, the user interface shows that the call is getting connected. In a video call, sometimes people videos freeze or display a black image. There is a workaround to this issue, which is to pin the video that freezes and unpin it to fix the problem. When switching between calls, the previous call is not automatically put on hold, so audio and video streams continue on both calls. Be sure to complete a call before taking another. In addition to the build, Microsoft is today releasing the first ISO images for Windows 11. You can head here to download the ISOs and clean install the OS from scratch, something that you could not have done until now with Windows 11. Windows 11 build 22000.160 heads to Dev and Beta channels with a new Clock app and more
  9. It's a new week, which means it's time for a new Windows 11 build. Just like last week, the new build today is heading to Windows Insiders in both the Dev and Beta channels. The release heading out today is build 22000.132 and it brings with it a bunch of improvements such as the availability of Teams chat for Beta channel users. The firm is also adding out one-to-one and group audio and video calling, making the experience more complete. The build also features a few new in-box apps such as the new Snipping Tool that replaces both the old Snipping Tool and Snip & Sketch, bringing a unified solution. There is a new Calculator app that features the Windows 11 design language, and redesigned Mail and Calendar apps. Currently, these new apps are only rolling out via the Microsoft Store for the Dev channel, but it won’t be long before they will be made available for the Beta channel. The Microsoft Store update that headed to the Dev channel last week is also making it to Beta channel users this week. Currently, the firm is releasing Windows 11 builds for the Dev and Beta channels simultaneously as it prepares the OS for release, which is why the improvements being made are small tweaks and not major features. The builds usually heading out to the Beta channel are expected to be more stable, as they will eventually be promoted to the Release Preview channel, which is the last step before general availability. Additionally, this is the best time for users to switch to the Beta channel from the Dev channel and continue receiving Windows 11 builds that are part of the release that will happen later this year. Eventually, the Dev channel will move to a development branch that is not tied to any specific release. Those will bring less stable builds containing features slated to make it into the version of the OS expected to release next year. With that out of the way, here are all the improvements made in this build: Chat from Microsoft Teams is now available for Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel. We’re also excited to begin rolling out one-to-one and group audio and video calling, with many of the features that you’ve come to expect. You can create and join meetings. You can toggle your microphone and camera on or off and choose your preferred speakers, mic, and camera with device settings. You can manage meeting information and options. You can share your screen, see the roster of participants, admit meeting participants from the lobby, chat and see people’s video in a gallery view. We’re excited to bring this experience to a growing network of people! The new Snipping Tool for Windows 11, updated Calculator app, and updated Mail and Calendar apps are rolling out to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel – see this blog post here for details! As expected, the build also brings a few fixes that address issues and bugs, further bringing overall usability improvements. The firm has listed those in a categorized manner. Here are all the bug fixes made with this build: Search: Did some work to address a scenario where the recent searches list displayed when hovering over the Search icon in the Taskbar was unexpectedly blank. Widgets: We fixed the issue where launching links from the widgets board wasn’t always invoking apps to the foreground. Clicking the widgets icon in the Taskbar should open it on the correct monitor now. Windows Sandbox: The Taskbar (Explorer.exe) should no longer repeatedly crash inside of Windows Sandbox. Other: Addressed an issue leading to some Insiders experiencing a bug check when attempting to roll back in the previous flight. Mitigated an issue that was making certain games go unresponsive after pressing the Enter key. Fixed an issue where the “location in use” indicator icon wasn’t showing up in the Taskbar when it should have been. Those running Dev and Beta channel builds can head to Windows Update and check for updates to pull Windows 11 build 22000.132. Additionally, you can also check out the list of known issues here. In case you want to move to the Beta channel from the Dev channel, you can check out our guide here. Windows 11 build 22000.132 for the Dev and Beta channels brings new in-box apps, more
  10. It’s a new week, which means it’s time for a new Windows 11 build. Today, the firm is releasing build 22000.120 to both the Dev and Beta channels. The first Windows 11 build for the Beta channel was released last week. While the Dev channel is usually not tied to a specific release, both the Dev and Beta channels are currently running the same builds, with Dev users expected to soon begin receiving development bits of Windows 11 slated for the next major versions scheduled for the next year. Beta channel builds, however, will eventually be promoted to the Release Preview channel, before they finally make it to general availability, which hints suggest will be sometime in October this year. This is also the best time to hop off the Dev channel to more stable releases in the Beta channel if you wish to, without having to perform a clean install. You can check out the steps to follow to switch builds in our quick guide here. As for what’s new, there isn’t much in the way of major features since the builds are still being prepped for release, and the underlying bits of the OS are almost complete. There are a bunch of improvements based on user feedback, along with the usual crop of bug fixes, which is to be expected in this stage of the development. What is still missing is the ability to run Android apps, which the firm promised will arrive in future builds. Build 22000.120 brings a new Family widget that shows information about users' family groups connected to their Microsoft accounts. The firm is also adding the ability to notification badges for the chat icon on the taskbar, something that will not be available to many users. Additionally, File Explorer context menus are also being tweaked to make them compact, which is suited for use with a mouse pointer. There are also some UI tweaks for the taskbar. Here is the full list of the changes: We are introducing a new Family widget for MSA accounts! It is available in all Windows languages and regions. It allows you to see recent activity from members of your Microsoft family group. We are beginning to rollout notification badging for the Chat icon on the Taskbar. Not everyone will see it right away at first. Made some adjustments to improve how the close button looks like in the Taskbar preview windows. When changing backgrounds for Desktops, even if Settings is already open, using Choose Background via Task View will now force Settings to move to whichever Desktop you’re actually on. Moved the Identify button in Display Settings to be right under the control for arranging your monitors (when you have multiple monitors connected) so it’s easier to find. We’ve updated File Explorer’s context menu to be a little more compact for mouse users. Updated the “New” button in the File Explorer’s command bar to use a dropdown menu style with all options in one list instead of a nested list. We’ve made some adjustments to improve the use of space and thumbnail sizes within ALT + Tab, Task View and snap assist. In addition to these, the firm is also rolling out an update to the Microsoft Store for Dev channel users with a bunch of improvements. These include a new auto-scrolling feature for the spotlight apps on the main page, a refreshed design for the gaming section, and improvements to the ratings and review form. These changes are expected to make it to Beta channel users if there are "no blocking issues", the company adds. As usual, there is a list of bug fixes and other improvements that the firm has detailed. With these builds heading towards general release, there are a ton of fixes, which is always a good thing. These are welcome for those running Beta builds as well, as a level of stability is expected from those users, unlike those in the Dev channel. Here is the complete changelog for what's fixed: Taskbar: The virtual touchpad is now available again to be enabled in Taskbar Settings. The Task View flyout will no longer dismiss when you start typing when attempting to rename your Desktops. The Task View flyout should now display in the correct direction for Insiders using the Arabic or Hebrew display language. When Cortana is set up for voice activation, hovering over the microphone icon in the Taskbar corner will now say “Your assistant is ready to respond” instead of “Host process for Windows Services”. DPI changes should no longer cause icon duplication and overlapping in the Taskbar corner. Adjusted the calendar flyout header spacing to give a bit more room in response to feedback that the days of the week were wrapping in some languages. Fixed an issue where if you updated your preferred first day of the week, it wouldn’t be reflected in the calendar flyout until you signed out and back in. Your preferred calendar flyout state (expanded or collapsed) should now persist reboot. Fixed a race condition for Insiders will multiple monitors related to the Taskbar that was causing Start menu to fly up into the corner of the screen, and explorer.exe to crash when you tried hovering over the Task View button on secondary monitors. Mitigated an issue that could trigger an explorer.exe crash loop for Insiders running Windows with multiple monitors. Based on our analysis of the previous flight, we believe the explorer.exe crash loop for Turkish Insiders when their laptops were at 100% charge has been addressed and we are removing this from the known issues list. Clicking the widgets icon on your secondary monitor should now open widgets on that monitor instead of your primary one. Right-clicking on the Taskbar with a pen should no longer cause a crash. Addressed an issue that was making app icons in the Taskbar blurry for some Insiders. We’ve done some work to address an issue where app icons in the Taskbar could become stuck in a blank state when loading. Fixed an issue that was making explorer.exe crash when clicking the Task View button. Fixed an issue where the Chat window was getting stuck on the screen. Clicking Chat on a secondary monitor should now launch it in the correct position and DPI. We’ve done some work to address an issue where the Taskbar preview windows were getting stuck on the screen and not dismissing when you clicked something else. To address an issue where pressing F7 with focus set to the Taskbar would lock up the taskbar, we’ve made a change so that the caret browsing prompt will no longer appear if F7 is pressed somewhere where a text block is not present. If you press WIN + B followed by the arrow keys, you will now be able to navigate to all the elements in the taskbar corner without needing to press Tab first. Badges on the app icons on secondary monitors should now be in sync with what’s showing on the primary monitor. Settings: Settings will no longer crash when clicking “Facial recognition (Windows Hello)” under Sign-in Settings when Windows Hello is already set up. We fixed an issue where in navigating to Settings > Network & Internet > Ethernet could unexpectedly change the network profile type. If you are an ethernet user, please check your settings after upgrading to this build to ensure your desired network profile type is selected and change it if it isn’t. Fixed an issue where setting your IP address in Network Settings wasn’t working in certain cases. Editing your VPN proxy details in Settings should no longer cause Settings to crash. Fixed another issue causing Power & Battery Settings to crash. Also fixed an issue that could make Settings crash specifically if you went to look at the 7-day battery usage graph in Power & Battery Settings. The progress bars in Settings are now properly accent colored. Saving custom themes in Personalization Settings should now work. Hooked up some Get Help links that stopped pointing to specific guidance after the Settings updates introduced in Windows 11. Hovering over the toggle switches in Settings will no longer make them disappear. Fixed an issue that could cause search in Settings to be in a permanently broken state, saying “No result” for every search. Did some work to help address an issue where you would see a big solid accent color area while resizing the Settings window. Settings should no longer flash green on launch. We’ve done some work to fix an issue that was causing random crashes on Settings pages with lists, as well as an issue causing random crashes on Settings pages with radio buttons. Links to specific Settings pages will now properly navigate to the correct page in Settings when Settings isn’t already open. Your profile picture in Settings should no longer have an unexpected square backplate when transparency is enabled. Added in the missing progress bar when uninstalling apps under Apps & Features in Settings. Icons in the volume mixer in Sound Settings should no longer become overlapped. In-bound Bluetooth PIN pairing in Settings should work again now. If you click “Advanced Options” at the top of the page while navigating through Windows Update Settings, it should now actually open Advanced Options. Made another fix for the volume and brightness sliders becoming unexpectedly tiny if all other settings were removed from Quick Settings. Going from one of the subpages of Quick Settings over to the input flyout should no longer cause a crash. If you use the Accessibility section of Quick Settings, the toggles should now show the correct state of each feature. If you press WIN + P to go directly to Project within Quick Settings, the arrow keys now work to navigate up and down the list. Fixed an issue that was causing some thumbnails to be randomly squished in the media control above Quick Settings. Made another fix to address Focus Assist turning on unexpectedly when viewing the desktop. File Explorer: Fixed an issue resulting in File Explorer unexpectedly not showing an updated scroll bar when in dark mode. Addressed a GDI handle leak related to context menu usage resulting in sluggishness across File Explorer after prolonged usage. Made a change to address a memory leak which was impacting File Explorer, increasing each time more File Explorer windows were opened. Also made a change related to the command bar in File Explorer that was resulting an increased thread count every time a new File Explorer window was opened that would continually grow, consuming resources. Fixed a high hitting explorer.exe crash related to the use of Acrylic in File Explorer’s context menus. Fixed an issue making the focus rectangle unexpectedly appear when using mouse to interact with File Explorer’s command bar. The context menu shouldn’t flicker anymore if you hover over it when Contrast themes are enabled. The context menu should no longer unexpectedly get clipped on the side, not rendering completely. Right clicking the bottom corner of the desktop show no longer causes the context menu to open at the top of the screen. We addressed an underlying issue that we believe is the root cause for a scrollbar appearing in the context menu and explorer.exe crashing when you tried to interact with it. Made a change to help make the radio buttons in File Explorer’s File Options a little more obvious when they’re in the selected state. Clicking the rename button in the command bar should no longer randomly show the Open With dialog sometimes. Fixed an issue that was making some of the file operation dialogs have unreadable button text in dark mode (for example, “File in Use” and “Destination Folder Access Denied”). Start menu: Rapidly pressing the Windows key multiple times should no longer crash Start. Made a change to help improve Start menu launch performance. Fixed an issue where if you clicked on one of the files in Recommended, it was opening the file in an unexpected app in some cases. Made a change to address an issue where Search was sometimes randomly flashing on top of Start when opening Start. Search: Hovering over the Search icon should no longer cause a crash when the recent searches have been updated. When hovering over the Search icon the window should no longer become clipped. Windowing: Connecting and disconnecting to a PC over Remote Desktop, and switching users, should no longer make all your open apps unexpectedly minimize. Addressed a high hitting explorer.exe crash when snapping certain apps on system with mixed DPI monitors. When the snap layouts window is visible after hovering on the maximize button of an app it should now dismiss more reliably now when you move your mouse away. Fixed an issue that was making explorer.exe crash sometimes if you docked or undocked your PC with snapped windows. Window frames should no longer get stuck on the screen when closing windows. Fixed an issue that was making windows unexpectedly open on the wrong Desktop when they shouldn’t. We’ve turned off the animation when switching Desktops using the keyboard shortcuts as it was leading to flashes and hangs. When maximizing certain windows, like File Explorer, the border should no longer low over to secondary monitors. Addressed an issue that was causing screen readers to unexpectedly say “DesktopWindowXamlSource” when using ALT + Tab. We’ve done some work to improve the sensitivity when using the touchpad gesture to invoke ALT + Tab and switch apps. If you were experiencing issues with snap ssist not appearing on the previous flight, we believe this should be resolved after upgrading to this one. Windows Security and logging in: Windows Hello Face should be working again now after upgrading. The button text in the UAC dialog should now correctly say Yes and No again for Insiders not using EN-US. Fixed an issue that was making the UAC dialog launch in the background for apps pinned to the Taskbar in certain scenarios. A Windows Defender fix to address the issue where “Automatic sample submission” was unexpectedly turned off when you restarted your PC is rolling out. We mitigated an issue resulting in some Insiders seeing a repeated logonui.exe crash. We also mitigated a deadlock that could result in your PC getting stuck at a black screen when unlocking your PC, and a separate crash that was making some Insiders see a black screen for a few seconds after logging in. Fixed an issue that was making explorer.exe crash for some Insiders when logging in for the first time after booting their PC. Improved visibility of login screen elements when using high contrast. Logging in or locking your PC should no longer cause full screen white or accent colored flashes. Input: Fixed an issue related to tooltips that was making clicks happen in the wrong place across the system, for example when interacting with icons on the desktop. The touch keyboard should no longer get clipped after rotating the screen orientation when docked. Fixed an issue that was causing explorer.exe to crash sometimes when changing focus between apps while using a third-party IME. Mitigated an issue that is believed to be causing certain hardware keys and buttons to not work on some devices, including the function keys. Mitigated a race condition that could result in certain devices unexpectedly waking from sleep if the touchpad was used to click the Sleep option in Start. Other: Fixed an issue that could lead to PCs bug checking while sleeping. Fixed an issue that was causing stuttering if you tried to play a game while the Xbox Game Bar performance monitor was pinned on the screen. Mitigated an issue that could result in stutter or fps drop for Insiders when moving the mouse in certain games. Thank you Insiders who have taken the time to share feedback about gaming performance with us – if you continue experiencing issues after upgrading, please check our guidance on logging actionable feedback on this subject. Fixed an issue where the boot menu wasn’t identifying Windows 11 correctly. Addressed an issue believed to be causing a number of unexpected UI issues in the previous flight, including semi-transparent and unreadable dialogs, z-ordering issues, large, shadowed areas getting stuck on the screen. and backwards text in context menus for Arabic and Hebrew Insiders. Addressed an issue where windows created while transparency was disabled would become stuck in a solid color instead of becoming acrylic when transparency was enabled. We’ve done some work to remove the unexpected white artifacts in the corners of windows when using dark mode. Right clicking multiple times in certain apps like Task Manager will no longer make the context menu frame change from rounded to square. Fixed a focus issue that was making the window immediately dismiss after pressing ALT + F4 on the desktop. Mitigated an issue that was resulting in unexpectedly needing to re-pair certain connected devices after rebooting. Mitigated an explorer.exe deadlock that could happen when reordering your Desktops. Addressed an issue that was resulting in Microsoft Store appearing to download app updates that were already installed on the PC. Fixed an issue that was resulting in some Insiders experiencing bugchecks, in particular when playing games. The update should be available for users running Beta and Dev channel builds from Windows Update. However, if you have been moved from the Beta channel to Release Preview owing to the lack of supported hardware, you will not be receiving this update, since those users are testing Windows 10 version 21H2. As for developers, the company announced the release of the first Windows 11 SDK preview build, so developers can begin submitting apps for Windows 11. The company also says that it will continue releasing SDK preview builds along with Dev channel builds. Windows 11 build 22000.120 out for the Dev and Beta channels, adds a new Family widget
  11. Microsoft today announced the availability of Microsoft Edge 93 Beta release. This build version 93.0.961.11 comes with several new improvements like Tab groups, ability to hide title bar in Vertical tabs mode, ability to easily enter Picture in Picture (PiP) mode and more. Find the full change log below. What’s new Microsoft Edge 93 beta: Initial Preferences in Microsoft Edge. Deploying Microsoft Edge to your enterprise will become easier starting in version 93, with the addition of Initial Preferences. IE mode on Microsoft Edge will support “nomerge” behavior. Starting in Edge 93, IE mode on Microsoft Edge will support nomerge. For an end-user, when a new browser window is launched from an IE mode application, it will be in a separate session, similar to the nomerge behavior in IE11. You will need to adjust your site list to configure sites that need to prevent session sharing as “nomerge”. Behind the scenes, for each window of Microsoft Edge, the first time an IE mode tab is visited within that window, if it is one of the designated “nomerge” sites, that window is locked into a different “nomerge” IE session from all other Microsoft Edge windows at least until the last IE mode tab is closed in that window. This follows previous behavior where users could launch IE with nomerge and could also launch Microsoft Edge without nomerge via other mechanisms. Tab Groups. The ability to categorize tabs into user-defined groups helps you more effectively find, switch and manage tabs across multiple workstreams. To enable this, we are turning on tab grouping beginning with Microsoft Edge version 93. Hide the title bar while using Vertical Tabs. Get the extra few pixels back by hiding the browser’s title bar, while in Vertical Tabs. Starting with Microsoft Edge version 93, you can go to edge://settings/appearance and under the Customize Toolbar section select the option to hide the title bar while in Vertical Tab mode. Video Picture in Picture (PiP) from hover toolbar. Beginning in Edge version 93, it will become even easier to enter Picture in Picture (PiP) mode. When you hover over a supported video, a toolbar will appear that allows you to view that video in a PiP window. Please note: this is currently available for Microsoft Edge users on macOS. Please check back shortly as we continue our rollout to Windows users. Removal of 3DES in TLS. Starting with Edge v93, support for the TLS_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA cipher suite will be removed. This change is happening in the Chromium project, on which Microsoft Edge is based. For more information, navigate to the Chrome Platform Status entry. Additionally, in Edge v93, the TripleDESEnabled policy will be available to support scenarios that need to preserve compatibility with outdated servers. This compatibility policy will become obsolete and stop working in Edge v95. Ensure that you update affected servers before then. Source: Microsoft Microsoft Edge beta version 93.0.961.11 is now available (change log)
  12. Microsoft has released Edge version 93 to the Beta channel, bringing a bunch of new features for those running Edge Beta builds. The build number that is being served to users is 93.0.961.11. While the firm began rolling out the version late yesterday, it should now be available to all users. The company has also posted detailed release notes, including details about the new and deprecated policies, along with the list of major features. The features might not be a huge surprise for those following the firm's Edge Insider builds, since these have been in testing for a while in the Dev channel. Additionally, as it stands as of now, the Beta channel is running a build that is newer than the one that was last released to Dev channel users. However, that is to change soon as the firm might release the first Edge Dev 94 build, bumping up the version to a newer one. As for what’s new in Edge 93, the firm is bringing tab groups, a feature that has been in testing for a while, to the Beta channel. This allows users to group similar tabs manually into groups to better manage them and access them easily. What is yet to be added – that is currently hidden behind a flag – is the ability for the browser to automatically create groups based on the number of tabs opened for the same domain. Another addition is the ability to hide the title bar when using vertical tabs, a small yet welcome change that allows users to adopt a cleaner browser UI. With the tabs aligned vertically, the feature integrates the minimize, maximize, and close icons from the title bar into the header of the browser, providing slightly more real-estate for the webpage being viewed. Along with these, macOS users will begin seeing a new toolbar option to easily jump into Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode when they hover over videos. The Redmond firm is working to roll out the feature to users on Windows, but it is not clear when the rollout will commence or if the feature is still in development. There are also a bunch of management and IE mode features being added with Edge 93. The firm is making deploying Edge in enterprise setups easier with the addition of Initial Preferences. The browser will also support the ‘nomerge’ behavior for IE mode to bring it in line with Internet Explorer that let users open ‘nomerge’ sessions. The company also announced that Edge 93 will drop support for 3DES in TLS, which comes courtesy of changes to Chromium, which Edge is based on. You can read more about the changes here. Those that haven’t received the update yet can head to the About Microsoft Edge settings page and check for updates to pull the update. Versions 93 will stay in this channel for a few more weeks as it is expected to be released to the stable channel in the first week of September. Edge 93 rolls out to the Beta channel with tab groups, vertical tabs improvements, more
  13. Microsoft recently recommended that less adventurous Windows 11 Insiders switch to the Beta channel after they released the first Beta build for Windows 11. Some users have however noticed that the option to switch is not available, however. If you wish to switch and are seeing the above screen under Settings > Windows Update > Windows Insider Program Microsoft has offered the following steps below to restore the missing options: 1. Click on Start 2. In the search box, type cmd 3. In the lower right of the search results, under Command Prompt, click Run as Administrator 4. On the UAC prompt, click OK 5. At the elevated command prompt, type: bcdedit /set flightsigning on 6. Press Enter 7. At the elevated command prompt, type: bcdedit /set {bootmgr} flightsigning on 8. Press Enter 9. Reboot the device You should now see the missing options: Microsoft recommends if performing these steps did not resolve your issue, to file a new feedback item in Feedback Hub, so the company can investigate. via techdows Microsoft offers fix for missing Windows 11 Beta channel option
  14. With the rolling out of Windows 11 build 22000.100 to the Windows Insiders Beta channel last week, there are once again two paths of development for Windows 11. Live fast and loose with the latest relatively untested builds in the Dev channel, or opt for the more stable builds in the Beta channel. When we say relatively untested, this is somewhat untrue, Microsoft does put all builds through some internal testing before releasing them to the Dev channel, which can mean that builds get delayed or pulled after the fact if blocking bugs are discovered. Today we are going to show you how to switch to the Beta channel so that you only receive builds that have already been tested by Microsoft, and Windows Insiders in the Dev channel. The build may have even received a cumulative update that fixes issues found in the Dev channel, either way, it will be a much more stable experience. First of all, click on Start > Settings, alternatively you can right-click on Start and select Settings from the context menu, now select Windows Update in the left pane and then Windows Insider Program, as shown in the image above to open it. You will see the current build you are on, in this case, we're on the latest 22000.100 build delivered through the Dev channel of the Windows Insider Program. Go ahead and click on Dev to expand it. Here you can opt to move to the Beta Channel, which is what we have done and is shown to be recommended as well. It is currently not possible to switch to the Release Preview Channel, as no such build of Windows 11 exists yet. Windows 11 does not prompt to restart upon changing Insider settings, and moving between other Settings pages and back to Windows Insider Program confirms that the change was made. In certain conditions, such as those people who modified the registry in order to enroll for Windows 11 Insider updates back in June, you may experience a "blank" Windows Insider Program settings page, or find you can't switch channels. To fix this, simply head to the official Windows Insider website (on the same machine) and check that your device is registered. In our case, although our Virtual Machine was receiving new builds through Windows Update, we were shown as not being registered as a Windows Insider; upon registering on the Windows Insider Program page in Windows 11 it updated to show that we were in the Dev Channel which allowed us to make the above changes to the Beta Channel. How to switch to the Beta Channel in Windows 11 Insider Preview
  15. Microsoft release first Windows 11 Preview build (22000.100 ) to the Beta channel Last week Microsoft released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.100 to everyone in the Dev Channel. After no major issues were detected, Microsoft has released the same build to the more stable Beta channel. Microsoft suggests those who would like to test Windows 11 but who are not ready for the wild Dev channel ride may want to switch to the Beta channel now. Microsoft also said they will not be releasing a Dev channel build this week. Insiders in the Beta Channel will not have Chat from Microsoft Teams, however. Other changes however include: Changes and Improvements The hidden icons flyout on the lower right of the Taskbar has been updated to match the new visuals of Windows 11. (Please note – it may not look right after updating to this build – toggling between two themes will correct the issue.) The hidden icons flyout on the Taskbar has been updated with the new Windows 11 visuals. Microsoft added the ability to quickly access Focus assist settings directly from Notification Center. You can quickly access Focus assist settings directly from Notification Center. When a background activity from an app requires attention, the app will flash on the Taskbar to get your attention. In Windows 11, Microsoft has updated this design so that it still grabs your attention but with a calming treatment that minimizes the impact of unwarranted distractions. The subtle flashing eventually stops, and you will see a slightly red backplate and red pill under the app icon continuing to note a background activity that needs your attention. Slightly red backplate of app icon and red pill under the icon signify a background activity needs your attention. The touch keyboard icon in the Taskbar has been adjusted to be more consistent with the size of the other icons in the corner of the Taskbar. The Taskbar calendar flyout will now fully collapse down when clicking the chevron in the top corner to give you more room for notifications. In the latest Microsoft Store update rolling out to Insiders, Microsoft made navigation in our new Microsoft Store feel fast and fun. When you select an app or movie you’re interested in, you might notice some animations that help you keep track of what you’re browsing. New animations in Microsoft Store that help you keep track of what you’re browsing. Fixes Taskbar: Microsoft fixed the issue that was causing Explorer.exe to crash when the date and time button on the Taskbar is clicked to access new notifications with Focus Assist turned off. Added the missing settings icons for the context menu entries when right clicking network, volume, and battery in the Taskbar. Fixed an issue that was making the clock in the Taskbar get stuck and out of sync. Addressed an explorer.exe that could happen after resuming from standby, related to the volume icon in the Taskbar. There is an issue where the progress bar below app icons in the Taskbar wasn’t always displaying when it was expected to and have fixed it. Clicking on the Taskbar when either Start or Search is open will now make them dismiss. If you tap Taskbar icons using touch you should now see the same icon animation that was visible when using the mouse. The lunar calendar (when enabled) text should no longer overlap the numbers in the Taskbar calendar flyout. The calendar flyout should now show the correct month when in a collapsed state. The date at the top of the calendar flyout should now follow your preferred format and not the format matching your display language. If the Start menu is open, when hovering over Task View the window will now appear above Start menu instead of behind it. Right-clicking Task View will now make the preview window dismiss so you can actually use the context menu. Fixed an issue where if you click on a snap group in the Taskbar, it might not bring up all the app windows after docking and undocking. The icons used for the On / Off indicators in the Taskbar for the Pinyin IME are now a consistent size. Signing out and back in when battery saver is running should no longer result in Taskbar becoming transparent. Mitigated an issue making the network icon sometimes unexpectedly not show in the Taskbar. The Taskbar previews will no longer draw offscreen after upgrading to this build. Settings: Microsoft fixed an issue causing multiple buttons and options in Settings to not work in the previous flight, including Go Back and Reset Your PC under Recovery, enabling Developer mode, renaming your PC, and enabling Remote Desktop. The page titles in Settings should no longer be drawing too high up / off screen. Searching for add and remove programs in Settings should now return the expected Settings page. Microsoft has done some work to help search in Settings initialize faster. Addressed an issue that was causing crashes in Settings when interacting with the Windows Insider Program section. Fixed an issue that could make Settings crash on launch. Fixed an icon rendering issue in Power and Battery Settings. Fixed some reliability issues with the Language and Region page in Settings. Made a change to help address a problem where the preview in Personalization Settings sometimes unexpectedly showed you were using a black wallpaper when you weren’t. The font used in the Lock Screen Settings preview should now match the actual lock screen. Fixed a bug making all the icons in Quick Settings appear unexpectedly flipped for Insiders using the Arabic display language. Using the brightness slider in Quick Settings should now show a number as you’re adjusting, like it does with volume. File Explorer: Using mouse to open the context menu in File Explorer and on the desktop should no longer display a keyboard focus rectangle on first launch (until you start using the keyboard to navigate it). Microsoft has tweaked the context menu to address feedback that sometimes submenus were unexpectedly closing when you were trying to use them. Fixed a flicker where you could see New become New Item in the context menu. Microsoft has done some work on the context menu positioning logic so that submenus should no longer appear partially offscreen or unexpectedly far away. Microsoft fixed two issues impacting explorer.exe reliability when bringing up the context menu, including specifically when right-clicking on a zip file. Addressed an issue causing the “Unpin from Start” option when right clicking an app to not work. Search: Fixed an issue making Search’s shadow appear boxy. Have adjusted the positioning of the Search window when the Taskbar is left aligned, so that it matches Start. Microsoft has addressed an issue where what was displaying when hovering over the Search icon in the Taskbar wasn’t in sync with what would actually launch when you clicked one of the entries. If you’ve launched websites using Search, those should now be properly displayed in the recent searches when hovering over the Search icon in the Taskbar. Made a change to address an issue where some Insiders were unexpectedly not seeing the brightness slider in Quick Settings after upgrading. Widgets: Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in your widget configurations not getting saved and unexpectedly being reset. The widgets board and content should now be sized for the correct screen when using multiple monitors. Addressed an issue where sign-in wasn’t working for widgets in some scenarios due to authentication hanging. Microsoft has made another fix to address the clock in the widgets board not following your preferred format. Other: Device Security should no longer say “Standard hardware security not supported” for Insiders with supported hardware. With this build the access keys for WIN + X (so that you can do things like “WIN + X M” to launch Device Manager) should now appear consistently. Fingerprint sign in should no longer stop working after rebooting your PC. Addressed an accessibility issue where keyboard focus would disappear from Start after pressing Tab then Shift + Tab. Fixed a bug causing the informational pop ups in voice typing to not dismiss on click. Fixed an infinite loop making some Insider’s devices hang during shutdown. Microsoft made an adjustment to help address an issue causing the title bar to not render correctly on certain apps. Made a fix to stop your wallpaper from flashing when switching between Desktops. Updated the snap layouts window to now use the default animation for flyouts instead of just popping in. Addressed an issue that was making Sticky Notes and Microsoft To Do crash on launch sometimes. Fixed a DWM memory leak that was happening when rotating your device back and forth between landscape and portrait mode. Made a change to address the issue where text could become truncated in the message dialog from Windows Update alerting that an update was ready. Window borders should now be displayed correctly when using high contrast. Turning off “Show shadows under windows” in Performance Options should now actually turn off the shadows under windows. Microsoft has made some tweaks to fix an issue where context menus and tooltip were appearing far from the mouse when using Windows with the Arabic display language. Addressed an issue where the network icons on the lock screen and login screen weren’t consistent. Known issues When upgrading to Windows 11 from Windows 10 or when installing an update to Windows 11, some features may be deprecated or removed. See details here. Start: In some cases, you might be unable to enter text when using Search from Start or the Taskbar. If you experience the issue, press WIN + R on the keyboard to launch the Run dialog box, then close it. System and Windows Terminal is missing when right-clicking on the Start button (WIN + X). Taskbar: The Taskbar will sometimes flicker when switching input methods. Settings: When launching the Settings app, a brief green flash may appear. When using Quick Settings to modify Accessibility settings, the settings UI may not save the selected state. Settings will crash when clicking “Facial recognition (Windows Hello)” under Sign-in Settings if Windows Hello is already set up. File Explorer: exe crashes in a loop for Insiders using the Turkish display language when battery charge is at 100%. The context menu sometimes doesn’t render completely and ends up truncated. Clicking a desktop icon or context menu entry may result in the wrong item being selected. Search: After clicking the Search icon on the Taskbar, the Search panel may not open. If this occurs, restart the “Windows Explorer” process, and open the search panel again. When you hover your mouse over the Search icon on the Taskbar, recent searches may not be displayed. To work around the issue, restart your PC. Search panel might appear as black and not display any content below the search box. Widgets: Widgets board may appear empty. To work around the issue, you can sign out and then sign back in again. Launching links from the widgets board may not invoke apps to the foreground. Widgets may be displayed in the wrong size on external monitors. If you encounter this, you can launch the widgets via touch or WIN + W shortcut on your actual PC display first and then launch on your secondary monitors. Store: Microsoft are working to improve search relevance in the Store including resolving an issue where in some cases the ordering of search results is inaccurate. The install button might not be functional yet in some limited scenarios. Rating and reviews are not available for some apps. Windows Security “Automatic sample submission” is unexpectedly turned off when you restart your PC. Windows Hello (Face) may show an error saying “Something went wrong” when attempting to sign in after upgrading. To work around this, sign in with your password or PIN and: Open Device Manager. Uninstall “Windows Hello Face Software Device” under “Biometric devices”. Localization There is an issue where some Insiders may be some missing translations from their user experience for a small subset of languages running the latest Insider Preview builds. To confirm if you have been impacted, please visit this Answers forum post and follow the steps for remediation. Windows Sandbox: The Taskbar will crash continuously in Windows Sandbox. The team is investigating a fix. Windows 11 Insiders in the Beta channel can download the update by Checking for Updates in Settings. Source: Microsoft Microsoft release first Windows 11 Preview build (22000.100 ) to the Beta channel
  16. Microsoft releases new Office version 16.52 (Builds 21071804 and 21072100) for Mac users in Beta Channel Microsoft has released a new Office Insider Preview Build with version number 16.52 (Builds 21071804 and 21072100) for Mac users (Beta Channel). The latest Insider Preview Build brings new features, improvements, and fixes for issues found in Outlook. Talking about what’s new, rules for MSA accounts are now supported in Outlook. The new Office build also includes “No Results” improvements. You can read the full official changelog below. Changelog Outlook Fixes Mail: We improved tooltip validations. Mail: We fixed an issue where typing an email address was manually marked as unresolved. My Day: We fixed a UI issue where the My Day preference box was cut off in the German version of the new Outlook. Search: We fixed an issue with offline search using custom dates. Groups: We fixed the ability to copy 365 Group messages into other folders via drag and drop. We fixed a crash that was caused by dragging folders in the navigation pane. We fixed a crash that was caused after assigning priority. We improved a performance issue while composing a message. New or improved features Rules: Rules for MSA accounts are now supported. Search “No Results” Improvement: If the to: and from: filters on the user query results in a no-result scenario, then to help the user find the email they’re looking for, we convert the query to a keyword search. To update to Office Insider Preview Build, open any Office program and go to File > Account > Update options > Update now. Microsoft releases new Office version 16.52 (Builds 21071804 and 21072100) for Mac users in Beta Channel
  17. Microsoft Edge 92 rolls out to the Beta channel with vertical tabs improvements and more Microsoft has begun rolling out Edge version 92 to users in the Beta channel, sticking to the timeline mentioned in the release schedule. As is the case generally, there is no official changelog yet as the firm usually posts it later in the day. However, the version has been in testing in the Canary and Dev channels for a while now, so there is a fair bit of information on what is new. When the changelog does get posted, it can be found here. With version 92 being promoted to the Beta channel, both Dev and Beta channels users are now running the same major version. However, that is expected to change soon as the company is slated to release the first Edge 93 build to Dev channel testers this week. The firm does note on the first-load welcome page for the Beta update that there isn’t much to talk about with this latest release. However, the Redmond giant is detailing the various announcements from the past few weeks, including those made during its Build conference. As for what’s new in version 92, there are improvements to vertical tabs, with the browser now letting users turn the feature off across all open windows. Users can also choose to hide the title bar when vertical tabs are enabled. Edge 92 also introduces automatic HTTPS that switches connections to the secure protocol on sites that support it. The firm is also bringing new font rendering improvements to improve rendering at higher contrast levels. The feature is currently hidden behind a flag. Other minor improvements include enhancements to pinning History and Downloads menus, Immersive Reader additions, and improvements to PWA menus that are installed as apps on the desktop. Those interested in reading through the changelogs for the complete list of Dev channel releases for version 92 can navigate to the individual posts below: Edge Dev 92.0.873.1 Edge Dev 92.0.878.0 Edge Dev 92.0.884.2 Edge Dev 92.0.891.1 Edge Dev 92.0.902.2 Considering that the update has just begun rolling out, it might be a while before it shows up for all Beta channel users. You can also force check for an update by heading into Settings > Help and feedback > About Microsoft Edge. As usual, the release will eventually make it to all users and install in the background. Microsoft Edge 92 rolls out to the Beta channel with vertical tabs improvements and more
  18. Microsoft releases Windows 10 Build 19042.508 (20H2) to Insiders in the Beta Channel Microsoft today announced the release of Windows 10 20H2 Build 19042.508 (KB4571756) to Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel. The build is intended for commercial customers in the Beta Channel and Release Preview Channel for pre-release validation. Windows 10 Build 19042.508 is a security update which includes the following improvements: Microsoft fixed an issue with a possible elevation of privilege in windowmanagement.dll. Microsoft fixed a security vulnerability issue with user proxies and HTTP-based intranet servers. After installing this update, HTTP-based intranet servers cannot leverage a user proxy by default to detect updates. Scans using these servers will fail if the clients do not have a configured system proxy. If you must leverage a user proxy, you must configure the behaviour using the Windows Update policy “Allow user proxy to be used as a fallback if detection using system proxy fails.” This change does not affect customers who secure their Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) servers with the Transport Layer Security (TLS) or Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocols. For more information, see Improving security for devices receiving updates via WSUS. Security updates to Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Media, Windows Shell, Windows Cloud Infrastructure, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Management, Windows Kernel, Windows Virtualization, Windows Storage and Filesystems, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine. For more information about the resolved security vulnerabilities, see more at the Security Update Guide here. Insiders in the Beta channel can download the update by Checking for Updates in Settings. Source: Microsoft Microsoft releases Windows 10 Build 19042.508 (20H2) to Insiders in the Beta Channel
  19. Microsoft releases Windows 10 20H2 build 19042.450 to the Beta Channel As is customary on every second Tuesday of the month, Microsoft has released cumulative updates for all supported versions of Windows. This includes all supported Windows 10 versions, Windows 8.1 and respective Windows Server versions, and Windows 7 customers that have opted for Extended Security Updates (ESUs). Additionally, the firm is also releasing 20H2 build 19042.450 to Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel. While the updates to 20H2 builds in the Beta Channel – which is just a single build increment over the 20H1 builds – are cumulative updates that match the production version’s decimals, Microsoft served a ton of new features with build 19042.421, bringing the new theme aware Start Menu and Alt-Tab functionality between browser tabs. Interestingly, considering that the 20H2 builds are just extensions of the production versions released in the spring, and are served the same cumulative updates, those start menu themes are also hidden in the production version of Windows 10. Today’s 20H2 build brings a couple of security updates are resemble the fixes for version 2004, since it receives the exaction KB update (KB4566782) as the production build. Here is the list of fixes in this release: Addresses an issue in Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps that allows single sign-on authentication when an app does not have the Enterprise Authentication capability. With the release of CVE-2020-1509, UWP applications might begin prompting the user for credentials. Security updates to the Microsoft Scripting Engine, Internet Explorer, Windows Graphics, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Kernel, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Media, Windows Shell, the Windows Wallet Service, Microsoft Edge Legacy, Windows Cloud Infrastructure, Windows Authentication, the Windows AI Platform, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows Update Stack, Windows File Server and Clustering, Windows Hybrid Storage Services, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Microsoft JET Database Engine, and Windows SQL components. When version 20H2 is released to the public, an enablement package will bump up the build by one digit. As usual, today’s updates should begin downloading automatically via Windows Updates for Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel. Microsoft releases Windows 10 20H2 build 19042.450 to the Beta Channel
  20. Windows 10 20H2 build 19042.487 now out in the Beta Channel with a ton of fixes In addition to releasing Windows 10 vNext build 20201 today to the Dev channel, Microsoft is also releasing 20H2 build 19042.487 to the Beta Channel. The firm also reminded enterprise customers that it is making 20H2 available to commercial devices for pre-release testing in the Beta and Release Preview Channels, something that the firm announced last week. Today’s build, unsurprisingly, brings a bunch of fixes and quality improvements. There are no new major features. Windows 10 version 20H2, which is how the company now names releases, is a minor enablement package that will be rolled out to Windows 10 version 2004 (20H1) users sometime later this year. Both the versions share the same core, with some features that will be enabled in 20H2 already hidden in the May 2020 Update. The release for commercial testing also signals that the version is almost ready for prime time. Here is the list of fixes for this this build: We fixed an issue with pinned Add-ins that cause Microsoft Outlook to become unresponsive. We now provide the ability to sync the Microsoft Edge IE Mode unidirectional session cookie when an administrator configures the session cookie. We fixed an issue with rendering PeerDist-encoded content in Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. We fixed an issue that might prevent ActiveX content from loading. We fixed an issue that displays a black screen to Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) users when they attempt to sign in. We fixed an issue that might cause apps that use the custom text wrapping function to stop working in certain scenarios. We fixed an issue with Start menu apps and tiles in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments. The issue occurs after you sign in to the VDI environment a second time and use a Remote Desktop User Profile Disk in a non-persistent virtual desktop pool. We fixed an issue that generates an error when printing to a document repository. We fixed an issue that prevents Visual Basic 6.0 (VB6) applications from using ListView in OCXafter upgrading to Windows 10, version 1903 and later. We fixed a runtime error that causes VB6 to stop working when duplicate windows messages are sent to WindowProc(). We fixed an issue that causes a stop error when the initialization of the graphics adapter fails. We fixed an issue to reduce the likelihood of missing fonts. We fixed an issue that prevents users from reducing the size of a window in some cases. We fixed an issue that causes the touch keyboard to close when you touch any key. We fixed an issue that adds an unwanted keyboard layout as the default after an upgrade or migration even if you have already removed the layout. We fixed an issue the prevents applications from closing even though programming code directs them to close. We fixed an issue that causes attempts to take a screenshot of a window using the PrintWindow API to fail. We fixed an issue with a memory leak in exe that occurs when you refresh an application that has an editable box. We fixed an issue that truncates a potential list of characters (candidates) when you type characters in the Simplified Chinese (Pinyin) input method editor (IME). When this happens, Chinese characters do not appear. We fixed an issue that prevents the first key stroke from being recognized correctly in the DataGridView We fixed an issue that causes an application that uses dll to stop working, and the 0xc0000005 (Access violation) exception appears. We fixed an issue with Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) that causes a memory leak when multiple clients connect to the same server. We fixed an issue that prevents Cortana Smart lighting from working as expected if you shut down the machine while Fast Shutdown is enabled. We now provide the ability for Dolby Atmos for Headphones and DTS Headphone: X to be used in 24-bit mode on devices that support 24-bit audio. We fixed an issue that prevents the IME user dictionary from being used when leveraging folder redirection with user profiles. We fixed an issue that causes Microsoft Office applications to close unexpectedly when using a Korean IME. We fixed an issue that displays incorrect folder properties in File Explorer when the path is longer than MAX_PATH. We fixed an issue with a blurry sign in screen. We fixed an issue with Windows Update becoming unresponsive when checking for updates. We fixed an issue that prevents the correct lock screen from appearing when the following policies are set: Policy “Interactive Logon: Do not require Ctrl+Alt+Del” set to “Disabled” HKLM\SOFRWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System DisableLockScreenAppNotifications = 1 DisableLogonBackgroundImage = 1 We fixed an issue that causes File Explorer to stop working when you browse directories of raw images and other file types. We have improved the tablet experience for convertible or hybrid devices in docked scenarios. We have improved the user experience of the Windows Hello enrollment pages for face and fingerprint setup. We prevent accounts from a different tenant from signing in to a Surface Hub device. We have updated the time zone information for the Yukon, Canada. We fixed a stop error 0xC2 in sys. We have fixed an issue that causes the Event Viewer Microsoft Management Console (MMC) to stop working when the secondary monitor is above the primary monitor. An out of bounds exception appears. We have fixed an issue that prevents the migration of the Windows Remote Management (WinRM) service startup type. We have fixed an issue with object performance counters. We have fixed an issue that prevents Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) settings from roaming to enable the signature files that are used for new messages, forwarded messages, and replies. We have fixed an issue that prevents users from setting the REG_EXPAND_SZkeys in some automated scenarios. We have fixed an issue with the EnhancedAppLayerSecurity node in modern device management (MDM) that prevents its setting from being applied correctly to client devices. We have fixed an issue that causes a memory leak in the exeprocess when the server is under a heavy authentication load and Credential Guard is enabled. We have fixed an issue that might cause a delay of up to two minutes when signing in or unlocking a session on Hybrid Azure Active Directory-joined machines. We have fixed an issue that prevents hash signing from working correctly when using the Microsoft Platform Crypto Provider for Trusted Platform Modules (TPM). This issue might also affect networking software, such as virtual private network (VPN) applications. We have fixed an issue that continues to display the previous username hint in the smart card sign in box after a different user has used the machine with domain credentials. We have fixed an issue that causes communication with the TPM to time out and fail. We have fixed an issue that sometimes prevents AppLocker from running an application whose publisher rule allows it to run. We have fixed an issue in which AppLocker publisher rules might sometimes prevent applications from loading software modules; this can cause partial application failure. We have fixed an issue that causes the promotion of a server to a domain controller to fail. This occurs when the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) process is set as Protected Process Light (PPL). We have fixed an issue that prevents you from unlocking a device if you typed a space before the username when you first signed in to the device. We have fixed an issue that causes a system to stop working and generates a 7E stop code. We have fixed an issue that causes applications to take a long time to open. We have fixed classification failures caused by the wrong User Principal Name (UPN). We have fixed an issue in cluster scenarios that causes handles to .vmcx and .vmrs files to become invalid after storage failover. As a result, live migration and other virtual machine (VM) maintenance activities fail with STATUS_UNEXPECTED_NETWORK_ERROR. We have fixed an issue with interrupt targeting that might cause an interrupt to arrive at an incorrect processor. We have fixed an issue that causes delays during shutdown when running the Microsoft Keyboard Filter Service. We have fixed an issue that causes a machine to request a new IP address after authentication. We fixed an issue that causes the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) to download data while a device is in cellular mode without explicit user permission. We fixed an issue that prevents Always On VPN (AOVPN) from automatically reconnecting when resuming from Sleep or Hibernate. We fixed an issue that causes AOVPN user tunnels to use an incorrect certificate. We fixed an issue with AOVPN that occurs when user and device tunnels are configured to connect to the same endpoint. We fixed an issue that causes VPN apps to stop working in some cases when they attempt to enumerate VPN profiles. We fixed an issue that causes the Optimize Drives dialog to incorrectly report that previously optimized drives need to be optimized again. We fixed an issue that fails to turn off the host memory buffer (HMB) when you force the shutdown of a device. As a result, solid-state drives (SSDs) do not delete HMB contents. We fixed an issue that prevents apps from downloading an update or opening in certain scenarios. We fixed an issue that might cause a stop error (0xC00002E3) at startup. This issue occurs after installing certain Windows Updates that were released on or after April 21, 2020. We fixed an issue that might cause stop error 7E in syson servers running the Network File System (NFS) service. We fixed an issue with Server Message Block (SMB). This issue incorrectly logs the Microsoft-Windows-SMBClient 31013 event in the Microsoft-Windows-SMBClient/Security event log of an SMB client when an SMB server returns STATUS_USER_SESSION_DELETED. This issue occurs when SMB client users or applications open multiple SMB sessions using the same set of Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) connections on the same SMB Server. This issue most likely occurs on Remote Desktop Servers. We fixed an issue that causes SMB to incorrectly use the original, cached non-Continuous Available handle to a file. This handle becomes invalid after a network error or storage failover. As a result, applications fail with errors such as STATUS_UNEXPECTED_NETWORK_ERROR. We fixed an issue that causes the loss of written data when an application opens a file and writes to the end of the file in a share folder. We fixed an issue with some apps, such as Microsoft Excel, that occurs when using the Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Chinese and Japanese languages. You might receive an error, or the app might stop responding or close when you attempt to drag using the mouse. Considering that 20H2 and version 2004 are the same versions of Windows 10, these fixes should also be made available to the latter. Since these are not security updates, the fixes might also be released as an optional update soon and then be rolled into next month's Patch Tuesday updates. With the release now heading to commercial users as well, the Redmond firm has also made availabe 20H2 ISOs for users to download and perform a clean install. The company did mention in the blog post for commercial customers that the ISOs will be available soon from the Insider Preview Downloads page. Windows 10 20H2 build 19042.487 now out in the Beta Channel with a ton of fixes
  21. Today is Patch Tuesday, and that means that it's time for all supported versions of Windows to get updated. In the world of Windows 10, that still means every version except for version 1511, although different versions are only supported on certain SKUs. Windows 10 is a Microsoft product, so don't be surprised that support lifecycles ended up being much more complicated than originally intended. Ever since March, Patch Tuesday has been the only time that Windows 10 was getting updated. Microsoft paused optional updates because of the COVID-19 pandemic; however, things will be back to normal this month. If you're on the latest version of Windows 10, version 2004, then you'll get KB4565503, bringing the build number to 19041.388. You can manually download it here, and these are the highlights: Here's the full list of fixes: There's also one known issue that's caused by this cumulative update specifically, as opposed to the many known issues in Windows 10 version 2004 as a whole. Symptom Workaround When using some apps, such as Microsoft Excel, users of the Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Chinese and Japanese might receive an error, or the app might stop responding or close when attempting to drag using the mouse. For more information and workaround steps, please see KB4564002. If you're on Windows 10 version 1909 or 1903, you'll be getting KB4565483, bringing the build number to 16363.959 or 18362.959, respectively. You can manually download it here, and these are the highlights: Here's the full list of fixes: This one also has one known issue: Symptom Workaround After installing this update on a Windows 10 device with a wireless wide area network (WWAN) LTE modem, reaching the internet might not be possible. However, the Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI) in the notification area might still indicate that you are connected to the internet. We are working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. If you're on Windows 10 version 1809, Microsoft will be moving you to version 2004 soon since 1809 is nearing the end of support. For now, you'll get KB4558998, bringing the build number to 17763.1339. You can manually download it here, and these are the highlights: Here's the full list of fixes: This one also has one known issue: Symptom Workaround After installing KB4493509, devices with some Asian language packs installed may receive the error, "0x800f0982 - PSFX_E_MATCHING_ COMPONENT_NOT_FOUND." Uninstall and reinstall any recently added language packs. For instructions, see Manage the input and display language settings in Windows 10. Select Check for Updates and install the April 2019 Cumulative Update. For instructions, see Update Windows 10. Note If reinstalling the language pack does not mitigate the issue, reset your PC as follows: Go to the Settings app > Recovery. Select Get Started under the Reset this PC recovery option. Select Keep my Files. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. Those are the updates that are supported for all versions of Windows 10. These are the rest, which are supported under various conditions: Version KB Build Download Support 1803 KB4565489 17134.1610 Update Catalog Enterprise and Education SKUs 1709 KB4565508 16299.1992 Update Catalog 1703 KB4565499 15063.2439 Update Catalog Surface Hub only 1607 KB4565511 14393.3808 Update Catalog Long-Term Servicing Branch 1507 KB4565513 10240.18638 Update Catalog As usual, you can install all of these manually, via Windows Update, or they'll be installed automatically at some point. Source: Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 19041.388, 18363.959 - here's what's new (via Neowin)
  22. Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 19042.421 with a ton of new features Today, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 19042.421 to the Beta channel. Unlike most cumulative updates for the Beta channel, this one actually contains a bunch of new features. In fact, many expected that 20H2 wouldn't have many new features at all, since it's going to be delivered in a similar way that 19H2 was delivered. One key new feature is the new tiles in the Start Menu, which debuted in the Dev channel. They're meant to be theme-aware, and they should all show a more uniform color. Another new feature is the ability to Alt+Tab between not only your open apps, but your tabs in Microsoft's Edge browser. There's that, and there's actually a bunch more. Here's the full list of changes: Theme-aware tiles in Start We are freshening up the Start menu with a more streamlined design that removes the solid color backplates behind the logos in the apps list and applies a uniform, partially transparent background to the tiles. This design creates a beautiful stage for your apps, especially the Fluent Design icons for Office and Microsoft Edge, as well as the redesigned icons for built-in apps like Calculator, Mail, and Calendar that we started rolling out earlier this year. This refined Start design looks great in both dark and light theme, but if you’re looking for a splash of color, first make sure to turn on Windows dark theme and then toggle “Show accent color on the following surfaces” for “Start, taskbar, and action center” under Settings > Personalization > Color to elegantly apply your accent color to the Start frame and tiles. ALT + TAB between apps and sites Are you a multitasker? With this build, your tabs open in Microsoft Edge will start appearing in Alt + TAB, not just the active one in each browser window. We’re making this change so you can quickly get back to whatever you were doing—wherever you were doing it. If you’d prefer fewer tabs or the classic Alt + TAB experience, we’ve added some settings for you under Settings > System > Multitasking. You can configure Alt + Tab to only show your last three or five tabs or choose to turn this feature off completely. This feature requires a Canary or Dev build of Microsoft Edge (version 83.0.475.0 or higher). Improving pinned sites in Microsoft Edge We have another new feature we’ve been working on to make you more efficient when browsing the web: quick access to tabs for your pinned sites. Clicking a pinned site on the Taskbar will now show you all of the open tabs for that site across any of your Microsoft Edge windows, just like you’d expect for any app with multiple open windows. This feature requires Microsoft Edge Insider Build 85.0.561.0 or higher (Canary or Dev Channel). NOTE: Since this is an early preview, existing sites on your Taskbar will not experience this new behavior until you remove and re-pin them. A more personalized Taskbar for new users We want to help customers get the most out of their PCs from day one, and that starts with offering a cleaner, more personalized, out-of-box experience to give you the content you want and less clutter. This provides us with a flexible, cloud-driven infrastructure to test customer reception of default Taskbar content and tailor these layouts based on user and device signal. We will evaluate the performance of individual default properties, monitoring diagnostic data and user feedback to assess an audience’s reception. Using this information, we will tune default layouts to minimize clutter and perceptions of bloatware. Please note that this experience is limited to new account creation or first logon scenarios. We will not use Programmable Taskbar to alter the Taskbar layout on existing accounts. Improving the notification experience We are making some changes to improve the notifications experience in Windows 10. First, know where your toast is coming from by checking out the app logo at the top. Done with the notification? Select the X on the top right corner to quickly dismiss and move on with your life. And second, we are turning off the Focus Assist notification and summary toast by default, so we will no longer let users know that Focus Assist has been turned on through an automatic rule via a notification. This can be changed back to the previous behavior via Settings. Making Settings even better We’re continuing to work on bringing capabilities from Control Panel forward into Settings. As part of this ongoing effort, we are migrating information found in Control Panel’s System page into the Settings About page under Settings > System > About. Links that would open the System page in Control Panel will now direct you to About in Settings. We are also bringing new improvements like making your device information copyable and streamlining the security information shown. And don’t worry—if you’re looking for more advanced controls that lived in the System page in Control Panel, you can still get to them from the modern About page if you need them! There will be more improvements coming that will further bring Settings closer to Control Panel. If you rely on settings that only exist in Control Panel today, please file feedback and let us know what those settings are. Improving the tablet experience for 2-in-1 devices Previously, when detaching the keyboard on a 2-in-1 device, a notification toast would appear asking if you wanted to switch into tablet mode. If you selected yes, you would switch into tablet mode. If you chose no, it would give you the new tablet posture experience introduced in the May 2020 Update (or simply the desktop on earlier versions of Windows 10). We are further updating this experience by changing the default, so that this notification toast no longer appears and instead will switch you directly into the new tablet experience, with some improvements for touch. You can change this setting by going to Settings > System > Tablet. Some users may have already seen this change on Surface devices. And to address confusion with some users getting stuck in tablet mode on non-touch devices, we are removing the tablet mode quick action on non-touch devices. In addition, new logic is incorporated to let users boot into the appropriate mode according to the mode they were last in and whether the keyboard is attached or not. Modern Device Management (MDM) improvements The new Local Users and Groups modern device management (MDM) policy allows an administrator to make granular changes to a local group on a managed device, on par with what has been available to devices managed with on-prem Group Policy (GP). This is quite the list of features, and it's probably going to be all that we end up seeing in 20H2. After all, up until today, many would have thought that the only front-facing feature in 20H2 would be that it will ship with the new Edge browser. As always, you can install this new build through Settings. If you're not on the Beta channel yet, you can enroll through the Windows Insider Program tab in Settings. Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 19042.421 with a ton of new features
  23. It was almost a year ago that Microsoft announced that it's rebuilding its Edge browser from Google's open-source Chromium project. Today at its Ignite 2019 conference in Orlando, it finally announced that general availability is slated for January 15, and the release candidate is coming today. Well now, that release candidate is finally available from the Beta channel. The version number is 79.0.309.11; Dev and Canary are on the newer Chromium 80, which is to be expected given that they're updated more frequently. In fact, you can expect Edge Beta to move to Chromium 80 right before Edge 79 is released to production. Another announcement that was made recently was that Edge is getting a new logo, as you can see from the image above. Interestingly enough, this release candidate does not have the new icon, although we should be seeing it in builds later on this week, probably alongside new Canary and Dev builds that have it. But if you want to check out the release candidate now, you can download it here. Source: Microsoft's Edge Chromium release candidate is now available in the Beta channel (via Neowin)
  24. Microsoft releases new Office Build 13801.20004(Beta Channel) for Windows users Microsoft today released a new Office Insider Preview Build 13801.20004 for Windows users registered in the Beta Channel. The new Insider Preview build brings a new feature for Access, and bug fixes for issues found in Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word. You can read the full official changelog below. Changelog Access New feature You will now see selected tabs clearer in Access. Excel Notable fixes We fixed an issue where Excel would stop responding after selecting a data series in a chart. We fixed an issue where pressing Enter with certain keyboards on Android would add a new line rather than moving to the next cell. We fixed an issue related to pictures retaining their aspect ratio during a crop operation. Outlook Notable fixes We fixed an issue that caused mails to be sent as digitally signed after the user unchecked that option. PowerPoint Notable fixes We fixed an issue related to pictures retaining their aspect ratio during a crop operation. Word Notable fixes We fixed an issue related to pictures retaining their aspect ratio during a crop operation. We fixed an issue which the comment may be truncated with links. We fixed an issue with conflict mode when coauthoring. We fixed an issue in saving to SharePoint Online We fixed an issue in exporting Word document to PDF. Office Suite Notable fixes We fixed an issue where Office would in some circumstances present sensitivity labels for one signed-in account when it should present sensitivity labels for a different signed-in account. To update to the latest Microsoft Office Insider Preview Build, open any Office program and go to File> Account> Update Options> Update Now. Microsoft releases new Office Build 13801.20004(Beta Channel) for Windows users
  25. Microsoft Edge 89 is out in the Beta channel, letting you reset your sync data Today, Microsoft is releasing a new build of Microsoft Edge to the Beta channel, which gets new builds every six weeks or so. This one is build 89.0.774.18, so this is the first Edge 89 build in the channel; there will be minor fixes in-between now and when it's released to the Stable channel. As always, there are a bunch of new features. For one thing, you can now reset your Edge sync data in the cloud. So, if you've had any issues with settings syncing in Edge that you just can't seem to fix, you can finally blow all of your settings away and start fresh. Another big one is that you can block auto-playing video, something that is universally hated by internet users. Now, you won't have to worry about going to a site and some advertisement starts yelling at you. There's also new lockdown capabilities for kiosk mode, which is meant to be more secure, obviously. There's a new Enterprise Mode Site List Manager tool,. which is available at edge://compat. You can create, edit, and export your site list for IE mode with that. As always, there are PDF improvements. Text selection is supposed to be smoother and more consistent. In the productivity department, date of birth fields are now supported in autofill, something that apparently didn't work before. Autofill suggestions can now include content from the clipboard, which should make it more seamless to paste content. Edge 89 is rolling out to the Beta channel now, and you can get it by going to Settings -> About Microsoft Edge. If you don't do that, it will update at some point in the background. Source: Microsoft Edge 89 is out in the Beta channel, letting you reset your sync data
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