Windows 11 build 22543 is out for Insiders with Narrator and UI improvements
UI updates for music controls on the lockscreen and snapping are top billing.
It's another week, meaning it's time for another Windows 11 preview build for Insiders in the Dev Channel to begin testing. Today's build is 22543, and includes a handful of notable UI changes and improvements, as well as updates to the Narrator feature.
Regarding UI changes, Microsoft is updating the media control UI on the lockscreen to match the rest of the Windows 11 interface, and is also updating the loading indicator that appears when you're installing updates. Snap Assist is also getting a UI change, with app icons now appearing in place of a live view of the entire app when adjusting the size of the snapping grid.
Here's the changelog:
- We're introducing more natural voices for Narrator. More natural voices enable Narrator users to enjoy scenarios like browsing the web, reading, and authoring mail, and more. Natural Narrator voices use modern, on-device text to speech and once downloaded are supported without an internet connection. Natural Narrator voices are available in English-U.S.
- In addition, we have made it easier for Narrator users to switch between voices to better support common tasks like reading and navigating.
- Building on the recent changes to the flyout design for the hardware indicators, we have updated the media controls which appear on the Lock screen when playing music in a supported app. It more closely matches the design shown for the media controls in Quick Settings when signed-in to your PC. The media controls will always use dark theme to complement the rest of the Lock Screen visual style.
- We have updated the experience of resizing app windows in snap layouts by overlaying the relevant app icon on top of the acrylic background. Snap some windows using the snap assist, resize the snapped window layout using the buffer and watch the other snapped windows go out-of-focus overlaid with their app icon.
- Using the WIN + ALT + K keyboard shortcut to mute your call will now show a confirmation flyout.
- The input switcher improvements announced with Build 22518, including updated design with an acrylic background, is now available to all Insiders in the Dev Channel.
- When doing a full build upgrade, the progress ring animation has been updated, aligning with the updated boot screen animation.
- Updated the design of System > Storage > Disks & Volume and Storage Spaces in Settings to align with the overall design of Settings in Windows 11. Certain options for the drive, volume, and space, like properties, are also now directly available inline on these pages as buttons without having to click that entry first.
And here's the list of fixes:
- Task Manager shouldn't crash when switching to the Performance tab.
- The updated flyout for the hardware indicators for volume will now show the level.
- Fixed an issue where certain characters (like characters with umlauts) weren't allowed when naming your PC in OOBE, even though it was allowed in Settings after finishing OOBE.
- Addressed an issue which was leading to OneNote crashing in recent builds when trying to open pages with inserted PDFs.
- Mitigated an issue that was leading to unresponsive UI after enabling HDR.
- Fixed an issue that could lead to explorer.exe crashing when dragging and dropping a file out of a zipped folder in File Explorer.
- The context menu in File Explorer now shows a CTRL + Shift + C keyboard shortcut next to Copy as Path.
- Fixed an issue which was leading to the cursor unexpectedly disappearing in certain apps.
- Fixed a crash in Quick Settings when opening the input switcher from there.
- Addressed an issue which was leading to the candidate window customization being unexpectedly missing from Personalization > Text Input for Chinese Simplified IME users sometimes.
- We fixed the issue causing two arrows to appear for the hidden icon flyout and the Quick Settings icons, and the date and time were misaligned.
- Mitigated an issue leading to Settings getting stuck in a suspended state and couldn't be launched.
- If you've opted to turn off the startup sound, that setting should persist upgrades going forward.
- Fixed the icon in the notification that shows if you have chosen to postpone finishing setting up your device.
- Tabbing through Quick Settings should no longer set focus to an invisible element.
- Fixed an issue that was sometimes causing the media controls above Quick Settings to be off-screen.
- The underline indicating the active desktop in Task View will now follow your chosen accent color instead of being blue.
- Mitigated a WER issue which was leading to DWM crashes in recent flights.
As always, you can check out the Windows Blog for the list of known issues. Build 22543 is rolling out now for Insiders in the Dev Channel.
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