As we get closer to the actual release of Windows 11, which should happen sometime this fall, Microsoft keeps rolling out new versions, most of which will have very small improvements.Today, the software giant launched Build 22000.71 To the Windows Insider in the development ring.
The new version will be available through automatic updates, with a new entertainment widget that promotes the purchase of movies through the Microsoft Store, some new transparent shadows on the right-click menu, and improvements when you hover over the taskbar icon Preview the design and the style of the “split button” in a new file explorer UI.
We are not yet impressed with the widgets of Windows 11, which look like MSN personalized homepages, but are built into the operating system. As part of build 22000.71, Microsoft added a new “entertainment” widget that displays a list of movies you can rent or buy, and then when you click on them, it will take you to a page in the Microsoft Store.
So now, if you choose to enable this widget, you can scroll through the recently released lists, such as “Godzilla vs. King Kong” and “Troll: World Tour”. If you click on one of them, you have the privilege to give Microsoft has some of your money to get it. These movies are part of the Movies Anywhere program, so they should run on many different devices.
Part of the reason for the migration to Windows 11 was the company’s new “acrylic” design language change. So now the right-click menu has this design language, which means it’s just a bit translucent.
New taskbar preview
When you hover your mouse over the taskbar menu, Microsoft has made subtle changes to the appearance of the preview window.
New “Split button” on file manager
Microsoft said that it is testing the usability of a new type of UI button, part of which is clickable and part of which calls menus. One place it tests is the “New Folder” button in File Explorer.
When you click the left side of the button, you will only get a new folder, but when you click the arrow on the right side of it, you will get a sub-menu that gives you more choices.
This new button style looks powerful and intuitive. We can see that Microsoft uses it elsewhere in the operating system.
As part of announcement, Microsoft lists about five dozen fixes. These include:
- When you drag the application on the taskbar, the application will start unexpectedly.
- Shift right-clicking on the taskbar icon should give you a window menu.
- Power and battery settings should stop incorrectly reporting power saving settings.
- When switching between dark mode and light mode, the colors in the settings should be changed accurately.
- Widget loading is more reliable.
- The ALT + Tab menu should stop getting stuck.
Overall, this is a very small update that most people will not notice. But every step is progress.
If you want to check which version of Windows 11 you have, run “winver” from the “Run” menu and you should see this.
If not, you can force the update by navigating to “Settings” -> “Windows Update” and clicking the button to check for updates.