What you need to know
- Windows 11 build 22616 is out for Insiders.
- It's available now in the Dev and Beta Channel.
- Today's build is mostly fixes, and changes to the System Tray.
Microsoft has rolled out another Windows 11 preview build for Insiders in the Dev and Beta Channel today, this time featuring more fixes and enhancements, as well as the removal of some System Tray improvements. This build reverts the System Tray to how it is on the public version of Windows 11, meaning the highlight consistency improvements have been removed.
Microsoft says it's doing this in response to feedback from Insiders, likely those who were unhappy that the new System Tray removed the ability to drag and drop icons on and off the Taskbar. With the System Tray reverting, the ability to drag and drop icons is back. Hopefully, Microsoft is able to figure out how to keep drag and drop and make the highlight effects for icons consistent in the future.
Here's the changelog for today's build:
- As a result of feedback from Windows Insiders, we have decided to disable the changes to the system tray introduced in Build 22581 for now. The system tray and specifically the "Show hidden icons" flyout will now function the same way it did with the original release of Windows 11, including the ability to rearrange icons in the flyout. We hope to bring these changes back in the future after further refinement of the experience by addressing some of the feedback we have received. As we've mentioned previously, features we try out in the Dev or Beta Channels may not always ship.
- Previously, we shared new requirements for internet and MSA on the Windows 11 Pro edition. Today, Windows Insiders on Windows 11 Pro edition will now require MSA and internet connectivity during the initial device setup (OOBE) only when setting up for personal use. If you choose to setup device for Work or School, there is no change, and it will work the same way as before.
- We fixed an issue where performance and reliability of explorer.exe could degrade over time, eventually resulting in a bugcheck, in the recent Insider Preview builds.
- We fixed the issue causing the "Show hidden icons" flyout in the system tray to disappear completely for some Insiders, even though it shows as "on" under Settings > Personalization > Taskbar and "Other system tray icons".
- Fixed an issue which was leading to some apps crashing when pressing the half-width/full-width key while using the Japanese IME.
- Fixed an issue where if you tried to open the widgets board using a gesture from the side of the screen, you would see the widgets board open and then immediately close.
- Fixed an issue where users were unable to use the swipe functionality to reliably invoke Widgets.
- Fixed an issue that could cause Quick Settings to crash when projecting to certain wireless devices.
- Addressed an issue where using the 3-finger on-screen touch gesture for minimizing could cause animations to stop working across the system.
- Fixed an issue impacting DWM reliability in recent flights.
- Fixed an issue which was causing some apps like Settings to open blank if they were re-opened an upgrade or reboot.
- We fixed an issue that was causing the process list to fluctuate between Apps & Background groups when clicking on Efficiency mode from the command bar
- Fixed an underlying issue which could cause some text in Windows Sandbox to appear as black boxes in certain cases.
- Fixed an issue leading to Windows Update notifications showing they were sent from "Windows.SystemToast.WindowsUpdate.MoNotification" instead of "Windows Update".
The previous build, 22610.1, knocked out the "Show Hidden Icons" flyout from my system tray; will see if indeed this new build fixes it. I couldn't eject my USBs gently, I've been having to simply yank them out!!
They did say in the release notes that you would need to enable the flyout in settings again
"As a result of feedback from Windows Insiders, we have decided to disable the changes to the system tray introduced in Build 22581 for now. The system tray and specifically the "Show hidden icons" flyout will now function the same way it did with the original release of Windows 11, including the ability to rearrange icons in the flyout. We hope to bring these changes back in the future after further refinement of the experience by addressing some of the feedback we have received. As we've mentioned previously, features we try out in the Dev or Beta Channels may not always ship." Finally, I've been waiting for them to roll back this regression in functionality for Laptop and Desktop users
Good thing they listened and actually addressing the missing functionality. Though makes me wonder how much little time they seem to developed these changes as to why features are missing in the first place. Really intentionally shipping half-baked features and see how much they can get away from it. Funny thing is, most people were just asking to update the button to reflect the new design aesthetics. They have done it few times with Windows 8 and Windows 10, which is just reskinned from Windows 7 System tray. Do that and be done with it. Fancier changes with animations can come later. Considering the one they were supposed to ship with didn't even animated yet fewer features.
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