Windows 11 preview bits are now available in the Insider Beta Channel

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft has promoted the Windows 11 preview to the Insider Beta Channel.
  • Build 22000.100 is rolling out now.
  • Dev and Beta are now on the same preview bits.

Microsoft has today promoted the Windows 11 preview to the Windows Insider Beta Channel, meaning even more Windows Insiders can now download and test Windows 11 if they weren't already in the Dev Channel. The build rolling out to Beta Channel is the same one that's in the Dev Channel currently, build 22000.100, meaning Dev and Beta Channel testers are now on the same bits.

Insiders currently opted in the Dev Channel should switch to the Beta Channel if they wish to remain on the shipping build of Windows 11 once development wraps. Microsoft says that the Dev Channel will likely move onto the next Windows feature update in the coming weeks and months, so don't forget to switch if you don't want to test the next version of Windows right away.

Windows 11 features a new UI, including a centered Start menu and Taskbar design, rounded corners, new sounds, and much more. The only things still missing from the preview at this point are many of the new in-box app experiences and Android app support, which Microsoft says will go into testing soon.

What are your thoughts on Windows 11 entering beta? Will you try it out now that it's in a lower Insider channel? Let us know in the comments.

Zac Bowden
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