Busy day: Microsoft just delivered four new Windows previews in one go

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Microsoft released four operating system updates in one day: a new Windows 11 preview for the Insiders dev channel, two Windows 11 releases for the beta channel, and a Windows 11 22H2 release for the preview channel of the version.

The Windows 11 releases arrived alongside the Windows 10 22H2 release rolling out to the release preview channel. This is the next feature update for Windows 10 and is separate from Windows 11 22H2. Microsoft has been quiet on Windows 10 22H2, a minor release, and hasn’t announced any new features in the new version, but has since clarified that it was released to validate its servicing technology.

The company has also released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25169 on the Dev Channel, as well as two builds for Windows 11 on the Beta Channel – one with new features enabled and another with features disabled – and a Windows 11 build for the release preview channel. . Dev is the peak channel, Beta is more stable, and Release Preview is the most stable before general availability.

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The two previews of Windows 11 for the beta channel are build 22621.440 (new features enabled) and build 22622.440 (features disabled). Earlier this month, Microsoft split the beta channel into two groups by artificially incrementing the update build number with new features. This change was to test its activation package.

It also released Windows 11 build 22621.317 (KB5015885)to Insiders in the Release Preview Channel on Windows 11, version 22H2. It made Windows 11, version 22H2 available on the release preview channel for the Windows Insider program for business in June.

Windows 11 Insider Preview build 25169 for Dev Channel contains a new lockdown feature for administrators who manage Windows devices such as kiosks, ATMs, shared laptops, and a host of other connected devices that are used by many people rather than a single logged in user.

“Multi-app kiosk mode” for Windows 11 allows administrators to restrict which apps are allowed to run on a device. Administrators can limit app access to Windows settings, restrict the Start menu to showing only allowed apps, and block pop-up windows.

“Multi-app kiosk mode is ideal for scenarios where multiple people need to use the same device. This can include frontline workers and retail scenarios, education, and test taking,” Microsoft says. in a blog post.

Administrators can enable multi-app kiosk mode using PowerShell and WMI Bridge. Support for Intune and other mobile device management solutions and provisioning package configurations is coming soon. Links to instructions for configuring devices via WMI and configuring apps visible from the Start menu are contained in the blog.

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Windows 11 Beta Channel Build 22622.440 gets Microsoft’s new take on the taskbar overflow tray. Overflow allows for faster and smoother application switching and launching. It was rolled out to the Dev channel last week. The key improvement is that Windows 11 automatically overflows apps to the subsection when the taskbar is full rather than users configuring what should appear in the taskbar.

“This taskbar experience has been carefully designed to give you a more productive switching and launching experience when space is at a premium. Your taskbar will automatically transition to this new overflowing state when it reaches its capacity In this state, the taskbar will offer an entry pointing to an overflow menu that allows you to view all of your overflowed apps in a single space,” Microsoft explains.

A feature available on both 22621.440 (features enabled) and 22622.440 (features disabled) are dynamic widgets on the taskbar. It started testing them in the Windows 11 Dev Channel in June. Widgets display live weather, sports and financial updates, and news alerts. The content is intended to be fast and readable. Users can then click on it for more information – or just leave them alone.

Build 22621.440 gets a new “Open With” dialog with a one-click option to set a default application.

Windows 11 22H2 build 22621.317 (KB5015885) for the Release Preview channel brings a bunch of bug fixes.

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