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Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22494 hits the Dev Channel

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What you need to know

  • Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22494 is here for those in the Dev Channel.
  • It includes the rollout of taskbar microphone muting, beginning with Microsoft Teams.
  • The new build also contains a truckload of fixes for existing issues.

Insiders in the Dev Channel, you know the drill: A new Windows 11 Insider Preview Build is live, meaning it's time to dive in and get the latest fixes, improvements, and features.

As for what's new in build 22494, expect the usual lineup of tweaks and improvements as well as a new feature: Taskbar mic muting and unmuting. "Starting with Microsoft Teams today, you'll find a microphone icon automatically added to your taskbar when you're actively in a call," says Microsoft's blog post where you can find all of build 22494's inclusions. "You can see your call audio status, what app is accessing your microphone, and quickly mute and unmute your call at any time."

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The feature is coming to a portion of users with Teams for school or Teams for work first. Everyone else will get it in time, and Microsoft plans to extend it to Chat as well.

Microsoft notes that "other communications applications can also add this capability to their applications. The capability to mute or unmute your call applies only to your current call."

That's the big item for this build, though you can check the aforementioned (and hyperlinked) blog post for the laundry list of all the other fixes and improvements Microsoft packed into the latest Windows 11 preview release. Expect Taskbar and File Explorer bugs to be addressed, among many other things. There's also a section dedicated to issues that Microsoft is actively aware of but hasn't yet tackled.

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  • This Windows 11 seems an incomplete product.. Why they remove drag and drop in taskbar ?? Seriously.. I'll stay on W10 (on production).
  • It's a mix. Win 11 is superior in many ways to Win 10, but lacks in other ways.
    I think they will flesh out Win 11 over time. For now, my approach is to have different machines on a mix of Win 10 and 11. The main 'work' machines on Win 10, the fun machines on Win 11.
    Maybe in a year or two, when 11 is really 'complete', then I'll upgrade all the machines. For now, Win 10 is way superior for productivity.
  • They didn't remove it. They built the new taskbar from scratch and haven't added it to the new code (yet).
  • Technically the features is not removed but more like not implemented, since the Taskbar in Windows 11 is a new code, likely from Windows 10X but modified. But yeah, for end-user, this is considered "removed" since the predecessor (Windows 10) has it. So in a way this missing feature is a downgrade especially for productivity. For me it is now inconvenient when I drag and drop files between apps that now I have to use Alt+Tab alongside it.
  • Dear God, all we want is to be able to put the taskbar wherever we want with the size of our choice.