What you need to know
- Build 22489 for Insiders in the Dev Channel is out.
- It has a new Microsoft Account page in the Settings app.
- Today's build also includes more fixes and enhancements.
Microsoft is back with another Windows 11 preview build for Insiders in the Dev Channel. Today's build is 22489 and features a notable new change in the Settings app for Microsoft Account users. The build also includes more fixes and under the hood enhancements!
It looks like Microsoft is adding a personalized Microsoft Account page to the Settings app that will show more info such as subscription status to Office and Xbox, order history for the Microsoft Store, payment options, and much more.
Here's what's new:
- We are beginning to roll out a new entry point for "Your Microsoft account" under Settings > Account. Clicking this new entry point brings you to a new settings page that displays information related to your Microsoft account, including your subscriptions for Microsoft 365, links to order history, payment details, and Microsoft Rewards. This allows you to access your Microsoft account directly within Settings in Windows 11. We are beginning this rollout to a very small set of Insiders at first and then will ramp it up over time.
- Over time, we plan to improve the Your Microsoft account settings page based on your feedback from Feedback Hub via Online Service Experience Packs. These Online Service Experience Packs work in a similar way as the Windows Feature Experience Packs do, allowing us to make updates to Windows outside of major OS updates. The difference between the two is that the Windows Feature Experience Packs can deliver broad improvements across multiple areas of Windows, whereas the Online Service Experience Packs are focused on delivering improvements for a specific experience such as the new Your Microsoft account settings page. For example, under Windows Update this would appear as "Online Service Experience Pack – Windows.Settings.Account" with a version number. Right now, we're testing this mechanism out with the new Your Microsoft account settings page first.
- We've added support for Discovery of Designated Resolvers which allows Windows to discover encrypted DNS configuration from a DNS resolver known only by its IP address. See this blog post for more details.
- To improve consistency, we're updating the name of the Connect app to now be "Wireless Display". This app is a feature-on-demand (FOD) and can be enabled by going to Settings > Apps > Optional features > Add an optional feature.
- We're splitting up "Apps & Features" in Settings into two pages under Apps, "Installed Apps", and "Advanced app settings".
- In case you missed it last week, just a reminder that Windows Sandbox now works on ARM64 PCs!
Here's the fixes:
- App icons on secondary monitors should draw more reliably now instead of being blank.
- Stopped an explorer.exe crash that was happening sometimes when using the Desktops flyout context menu.
- Fixed an explorer.exe crash that was happening sometimes when dismissing the Desktops flyout.
- Pin to Quick Access is a top-level option now when right clicking a drive in File Explorer.
- We improved context menu launch performance.
- Made a few fixes to help improve explorer.exe reliability when using File Explorer.
- Closing windows in Task View should look less jumpy now.
- Did some work to help address an issue that was causing flickering in the app window when resizing certain apps in recent Dev Channel builds.
- Addressed an issue that was causing Settings to crash in certain cases after going to Windows Update.
- Added a space that was missing in the search results when searching for Touch Keyboard settings.
- Fixed a Settings crash when trying to customize options in Wheel Settings.
- If animations are turned off, dismissing a notification using the X will no longer have an animation.
- Fixed an issue that was causing the media controls to not show up in Quick Settings sometimes when music was playing recently. Also believed to have impacted hardware media key usage.
- The tooltip for the Wi-Fi option in Quick Settings should no longer fly to the top of the screen.
- Mitigated an underlying issue that was causing the Processes tab in Task Manager to be blank sometimes. This is also believed to be the same root cause causing UAC to open very slowly recently.
- Addressed an issue Xbox Game Pass games are failing to install with error 0x00000001.
- Fixed an issue where get-winevent in PowerShell was failing with an InvalidOperationException (Issue #60740).
- Mitigated a high hitting mousocoreworker.exe crash in the last few flights.
- Did some work to try and improve the layout of the text in notification buttons in cases where there's both an icon and text.
- The Get Started app will no longer crash if the Tips app has been uninstalled.
- Fixed an issue causing some devices to bugcheck with SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCPTION when updating on previous builds.
- Made an underlying change to help fix an issue causing some users to see an unexpected "bad image" error message dialog on boot.
As always, you can check out the full changelog which incldues a list of known issues at the Windows Blog.