Microsoft Pushes Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22621.1972 and 22631.1972 to Beta Channel

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Microsoft has released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22621.1972 and Build 22631.1972 to the Beta Channel with new improvements and bug fixes. In Build 22631.1972 the new features are rolling out, while the new features are switched off by default in Build 22621.1972. If you are a Windows Insider who was previously on Build 22624, you will be automatically moved to Build 22631 via an enablement package. You should note that the enablement package artificially increments the build number for the update with new features that are being rolled out.

Microsoft has integrated the Windows App SDK version of File Explorer for Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel on Build 22631. The basic functionality of the File Explorer remains unchanged but it just switches from using WinUI 2 to WinUI 3. The option to Hide date and time in the System try from the last flight should no longer be backward.

The latest flight enhances several simplified Chinese fonts and the Microsoft Pinyin Input Method Editor (IME) to support GB18030-2022. You can enter and display characters from conformance level 1 or 2 with the help of the additions to Microsoft Yahei, Simsun, and Dengxian. The update provides support for Unicode Extensions E and F in the Simsun Ext-B font and it meets the requirements for level 3. You will be able to authenticate across Microsoft clouds including Conditional Access checks. The update enhances the local file sharing in File Explorer with Microsoft Outlook contacts.

After the installation of the latest update, you have the option to quickly email the file to yourself. Moreover, loading contacts from Outlook has been simplified but this feature is not available for files stored in Microsoft OneDrive folders. This update expands the rollout of notification badging for Microsoft accounts on the Start menu.

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The account is capable of backing up all your data and enables you to manage subscriptions. You can prevent from being locked out of your account by adding extra security steps. The update has added new features to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. The update addresses an issue that affects TextInputHost.exe and an issue pertaining to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell folders. You can now configure and maintain the correct default permissions for this directory path. The Start menu, search, and Azure Active Directory authentication fail when the permissions are wrong.

The update addresses an issue that affects devices that make use of the Network Protector for BitLocker and apps that uses IDBObjectStore. The update also resolves issues related to a scheduled monthly task, Narrator. Moreover, the update provides user accounts with the ability to open an elevated Windows Terminal.

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