As we near the actual Windows 11 launch, which is slated to happen sometime this fall, Microsoft keeps rolling out new builds, most of which will have very minor improvements. Today the software giant has rolled out build 22000.71 to Windows insiders in the dev ring.
The new build, which will be delivered via an automatic update, features a new entertainment widget that encourages the purchase of movies from the Microsoft Store, some new transparent shades in the right-click menus, an improved design of the preview when moving the mouse over taskbar icons and a new style of “split button” in the file explorer user interface.
We were not yet impressed with the Windows 11 widgets, which appear like the personalized MSN start page but are built into the operating system. As part of build 22000.71, Microsoft added a new type of “entertainment” widget that shows you a list of movies to rent or buy and then takes you to a page in the Microsoft Store when you click them.
If you enable this widget now, you will be able to scroll through a list of the latest releases such as “Godzilla vs Kong” and “Trolls: World Tour”. When you click on one, you get the privilege of giving Microsoft some of your money to get it. These films are part of the Movies Anywhere initiative and should therefore run on a wide variety of devices.
Part of the move to Windows 11 is a change to the company’s new “acrylic” design language. Now the right-click menu has this design language, which means it’s just a tiny bit translucent.
New taskbar previews
Microsoft has made subtle changes to the look of preview windows when you hover over a system tray menu.
New “SplitButton” in the file manager
Microsoft says it is testing the usability of a new type of UI button where part is clickable and part of it brings up a menu. The only place this is tested is the New Folder button in File Explorer.
Clicking the left side of the button just gives you a new folder, but clicking the arrow on the right gives you a submenu that gives you more choices.
This new button style seems highly functional and intuitive. We can see that Microsoft is using this elsewhere in the operating system.
As part of his announcement, Microsoft has listed about five dozen fixes. These include:
- Prevents apps from accidentally starting when you drag them onto the system tray.
- When you right-click a system tray icon, you should open a window menu.
- The power and battery settings should stop incorrectly reporting power saving settings.
- The colors in the settings should change exactly when switching between dark and light modes.
- Widgets load more reliably.
- ALT + Tab menu should no longer get stuck.
Overall, this is a very minor update that most people won’t notice. But every step, no matter how small, is a step forward.
If you want to see what 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.