Another week, another Windows 10 Insider Preview build for those in the Dev Channel to get their hands on. Today's build is 20221, and features a notable change to the taskbar that makes it easy to create a Meet Now session in Skype.
With this build, Meet Now is present inside the system tray, and when clicked, will reveal a flyout menu with quick access to creating a Meet Now session and inviting friends to join. Meet Now is part of Skype, and is essentially Microsoft's consumer-facing answer to Zoom.
As always, this new feature is in A/B testing in the build. This means that only a subset of Insiders who install the build will receive the feature at first. More people will get access to it over time.
Here's the rest of the changelog:
- As some Insiders may have noticed, we're adding a notification to let you know when an app registers to run at startup (Settings > Apps > Startup Apps).
- With most of the launches of the People app coming directly from within the Mail and Calendar apps in Windows 10, the People app no longer appears as a standalone app in Start. It remains as an inbox app and can be launched to manage your contacts from the button in the Mail and Calendar apps.
- We fixed an issue where the new Manage Disks and Volumes section in Settings wasn't blocking the ability to change the drive letter of the system volume.
- We fixed an issue that could result in Start menu, and Action Center being totally transparent when certain apps were open in the background.
- We fixed an issue that could result in a crash when opening the Power menu in Start while running Magnifier at a high zoom level.
- We fixed an issue that could result in a virtual desktop thumbnail in Task View showing an empty desktop even after moving an app over to that desktop.
- We fixed an issue when typing with an IME into text fields in certain apps that could result in input no longer being accepted.
- We fixed an issue that could result in the Chinese Pinyin IME candidate pane getting stuck on the first letter when typing into certain games.
- We fixed an issue that could result in Windows Update getting stuck at "Downloading – 0%" for a long time.
- We fixed seeing generic errors when using wsl --install in the Windows Subsystem for Linux.
- We fixed a bug where the Linux kernel would not be installed when using wsl --install in the Windows Subsystem for Linux.
As always, check out the Windows Blog for the complete changelog, including a list of known issues.
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Meet Now seems like an odd feature. I hope it can be disabled.
Odd? People are meeting from home all the time now. If anything this feature is long overdue.
It's odd to have this feature in the corner of the taskbar where most people will ignore/miss it, and even more so considering 21H1 won't arrive before late Spring 2021. Unless they push it to earlier Windows versions as well, of course.
It certainly is odd. Could very well be only unusual on the other hand. Insiders shall find out. It could have been however a nice extension for the pinned people on the taskbar. Although I understand that it is rather an anonymous feature so may be even more odd there. It's not easy to find a good spot for it not to be intrusive and still remain on-the-fly.
But where else could they put it? It looks like a good location to me.
I guess I find it odd that they're integrating this into Windows in the first place. But as long as I can disable it I don't mind.
Great more nonsense to disable on a clean install.
Meet Now isn't part of this update but an A/B test as I don't have this build installed yet. Might have been part of the Skype Preview I have installed though as that had an update recently as well.
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