It’s Thursday, and that means if you’re using Windows 11 in Microsoft’s test channels, you already have access to the latest version. This is Build 22504 that the company has released for everyone in the development channel within the Insider program.

An application that brings many aesthetic changes in the different applications that compose it. So come new backgrounds for use with the onscreen keyboard, emoji panel, voice typing enhancements, and a redesigned Your Phone app that reaches out to users. They also warn that on Thanksgiving Day in the United States next week there will be no new compilation in the Insider program.

Changes and Improvements

The Your Phone app starts releasing its updated new design that brings notifications to the center. With this new view, you will still have access to your messages, calls and photos with the added benefit of being aware of important messages and other notifications more efficiently. The app also embraces the beauty of Windows 11 design to tie your experience seamlessly to your Windows desktop. Themes for use on the touch keyboard have been expanded to 13, including IMEs, emoji panel, and voice typing. The theme engine which allows you to create a fully customized theme including background images is also available for all themed experiences. These options appear in the new “Text Entry” section under “Settings” and “Personalization”. This is a change that only reaches some users to see their comments after verifying that it works.

They have increased the ability of custom combinations of emojis to match the skin and face tones of family members, couples with hearts, kisses, and people holding hands. To use them, you need to open the emoji panel (WIN +.) And type the following in the search box: family, couple, holding hands, or kisses. As in the previous case, it is only accessible to certain insiders.

The keyboard shortcut WIN + Alt + K can now be used to toggle the new mute icon on the taskbar when displayed.

They made the search for Portuguese and Polish emojis a bit more flexible with keywords containing diacritics. The .NET Framework 4.8.1 is here, the latest .NET Framework that will provide native ARM64 support for the .NET Framework runtime. They suppress a warning when a warning related to “Settings> System> Sound in Windows 11” appears when microphone access has been restricted in privacy settings. Added support for DST cancellation for the Republic of Fiji for 2021. They make a change so that in the future in new installations the touch indicator option will now be disabled default in “Settings> Accessibility> Mouse pointer and press”. So they added a link to this Settings page from “Settings> Bluetooth and devices> Touch”. Applications now launch maximized by default when in tablet position on small devices (screens 11 inches diagonal or less).

Other improvements

Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented icons from displaying correctly in the Recommended section of startup (displaying an incorrect or generic icon). If Start opens and you immediately press Shift + F10 or the context menu key, the context menu should now be aligned with the search box. Fixes an issue that caused explorer.exe to crash on recent versions if there were issues loading the battery icon in the taskbar. Changes were made to help the taskbar clock update more reliably, including fixing a recent issue where it was not updating at all in Remote Desktop. Mitigated a positioning issue that could cause the date and time to be clipped at the bottom of the taskbar. If you updated the critical and low battery notification definitions, the battery icon on the taskbar will now appear aligned, instead of using the defaults to display a warning. Right-clicking on the date and time in the taskbar will now close Action Center if it is open, so that the context menu options are visible. The light appearing on the keyboard (e.g. for caps lock) should work fine again with this version. They added new tweaks to our emoji search keywords based on comments, including improved results for day, night, and raised eyebrows. Fixed an issue causing kaomoji to register on WIN +. blank when accessing when using a Chinese IME. Fixed an issue with emoji panel search results that could cause a single gif to appear repeatedly with certain queries. Addressed an issue that prevented IMEs from working with some games. Fixed an issue where the options in “Settings> Personalization> Input to change settings” “Show text suggestions and add space bar after choosing a text suggestion” for the touch keyboard might not appear unexpectedly display. Now by taking a long break while using voice input (WIN + H), you should be able to resume listening more reliably now. Fixed some inconsistencies between actual listening state and microphone image when entering voice. Text should no longer be unexpectedly duplicated if the cursor is moved while using voice input. Selecting instant layout options should no longer randomize windows when using another monitor. The brightness and volume sliders in “Quick settings” should no longer become randomly invisible. Fixed an issue that prevented manual setting of active hours. Fixed an issue where the touch keyboard could clog the password entry field when connecting to a network in Quick Settings. Fixed a scaling issue that caused the update request dialog (and other such dialogs) to be cut off and incorrectly displayed after changing the DPI. Improved the position of the context menu when right clicking in the lower corner of the desktop. Mitigated an issue with TCPIP that could cause error checking when activating a device. Fixed an issue where high priority notifications (such as an alarm) would sometimes be dismissed unexpectedly without you committing to them, causing them to randomly reappear the next time a normal priority notification arrived.

Known issues

Users who upgrade from versions or earlier to newer versions of the development channel using the latest development channel ISO may receive the following warning message: The version you are trying to upgrade install has a signed flight. To continue with the installation, enable flight signing. If you receive this message, press the Activate button, restart your PC, and try the update again. They are investigating an issue preventing some PCs from installing new versions or other updates. The PC may report an error code 0x80070002. If you encounter this problem, restart your PC and try again. In some cases, you may not be able to enter text when using search from the beginning or the taskbar. If you have the problem, press WIN + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box and then close it. The taskbar sometimes flashes when changing the input method. Dragging the mouse from one desktop to another in the task view will result in an unexpected reduction in the displayed thumbnails and content area. After clicking the search icon on the taskbar, the search panel may not open. If this happens, restart the “Windows Explorer” process and reopen the search panel.

If you belong to the Insider program development channel with Windows 11, you can download the update by following the usual route, namely “Settings> Update & Security> Windows Update”.

Via | Microsoft