Microsoft Releases Windows 11 Build 22509 With New Layout Options for Start

After taking a week off last week for Thanksgiving, the Windows 11 development team is now rolling out a new version for Insiders in the development channel.

The key new addition in version 22509 is a collection of enhancements designed to make it easier to browse the web in Microsoft Edge using Narrator, but that’s not all. The clock and date will now display on secondary monitors, and there are also new layout options for Start, as well as changes to settings.

In announcing the addition of Narrator, Microsoft says:

We have been working on a series of web browsing improvements with Microsoft Edge and Narrator. Specifically, typing in edit fields should now be faster, when browsing the web more useful information is provided, and finally you will have a more consistent browsing experience with Narrator.

Other changes and improvements include:

  • As of this version, you can right-click Start for quick access to Startup Settings and choose the “More Pins” or “More Recommendations” layout option to display an additional row of pins or recommendations, respectively.
  • When a secondary monitor is connected, your clock and date will now also be displayed on the taskbars of the secondary monitor (s) for better visibility. [Microsoft is beginning to roll this change out, so it isn’t available to all Insiders just yet.]
  • For apps that send notifications for calls, reminders or alarms that leverage Windows notifications in the operating system, 3 high priority notifications will now be displayed as stacked and displayed at the same time. This means that at any time you can see up to 4 notifications at the same time – 3 high priority notifications and one normal priority notification. [Microsoft is beginning to roll this change out, so it isn’t available to all Insiders just yet.]
  • As part of Microsoft’s ongoing efforts to move settings from Control Panel to the Settings app:
    • It moved advanced sharing settings (such as network discovery, file and printer sharing, and public folder sharing) to a new page in the Settings app under Advanced Network Settings.
    • It made some updates to the device-specific pages under Printers & Scanners in settings to show more information about your printer or scanner directly in settings when available.
    • Some of the entry points for network and device settings in Control Panel will now be redirected to the corresponding pages in Settings.
  • Added a new option to the Installed Applications page in Settings to sort the list from Name (Z to A), and accordingly, updated the old option “Alphabetically” so that it is now called Name ( A to Z).
  • Microsoft will now remember if you turn on Bluetooth or Wi-Fi in airplane mode. The next time you use airplane mode, the radios will reflect your preferences and stay on to make it easier for you to continue listening to the headphones and stay connected during travel.
  • Windows Sandbox now supports restarting inside its virtualized environment (for example, if you were to click the Restart option under the power button in Start).

The fixes in this release include:

[Taskbar]

  • The Start, Search, Task View, Widgets, and Conversation icons on the taskbar should no longer be large when System Scaling is set to 125%.
  • Pressing the Windows plus key (the number corresponding to the position of an app’s icon in the taskbar) should now cycle through app windows if you repeatedly press the number instead of stopping at the last window.
  • When Narrator focus is set to the Task View button and the Desktops drop-down icon appears, Narrator will now notify you about Desktops information.
  • Fixed an explorer.exe crash that some Insiders encountered during recent thefts related to updating taskbar badges.

[Input]

  • Handwriting should now work again when the language is set to Chinese.
  • Mitigated a mouse-related issue that sometimes caused some insiders to check for a bug during hibernation on recent flights (making the computer appear to have restarted).
  • Updating the Chinese Simplified IME Candidates to be aligned in the center with the height of the Candidate Window has been customized.
  • Fixed touch keyboard invocation in PowerShell, so it should work now.

[Windowing]

  • Hovering your mouse between desktops in task view will no longer cause the displayed thumbnails and content area to shrink unexpectedly.
  • CompactOverlay should work again in this version (i.e. the option some applications use to create a small window that is always visible).
  • Fixed a race condition that sometimes caused explorer.exe to crash when closing a snapshot group of 3 or more windows in task view.
  • Removed unexpected tilt animation when clicking a corner of the New Desktop button.
  • An adjustment was made to resolve an underlying issue that caused the context menu to animate up to the mouse instead of moving it away from the mouse when right-clicking on a desktop in task view.
  • Fixed a high impact DWM crash in recent flights.

[Settings]

  • Fixed some overlapping text for some languages ​​on the Installed Apps page in Settings.
  • Clicking the Uninstall button while using the Installed Apps page in grid view will now display a confirmation dialog.
  • Changed the new ms-settings: installed-apps URI to be ms-settings: appsfeatures, to handle scenarios where existing links expect them to lead to the list of installed apps, for example , when selecting the App Settings option after right-clicking a UWP app in Start.

[Other]

  • Fixed an issue that caused some Insiders to see error 0x8007001f when attempting to upgrade to recent versions of the Dev Channel.
  • Fixed an issue preventing some PCs from installing new versions or other updates with error code 0x80070002.
  • Fixed an issue causing some devices to roll back with error code 0xc1900101-0x4001c when installing new versions.
  • Did some work to help resolve an issue where the Wi-Fi connection was lost after waking up from sleep mode.

NOTE: Some fixes noted here in the Insider Preview builds of the active development branch may be found in the maintenance updates for the released version of Windows 11 which became generally available on October 5.

The known issues are:

[General]

  • Users who update from versions 22000.xxx or earlier to newer versions of the development channel using the latest ISO in the development channel may receive the following warning message: The version you are trying to install is Flight Signed. To continue the installation, activate the flight signature. If you receive this message, press the Activate button, restart the PC and try the update again.

[Start]

  • In some cases, you may not be able to enter text when using search from start or taskbar. If you have the problem, press WIN + R on the keyboard to launch the Run dialog box and then close it.

[Taskbar]

  • The taskbar will sometimes blink when changing the input method.

[Search]

  • After clicking the Search icon on the taskbar, the Search panel may not open. If this happens, restart the “Windows Explorer” process and reopen the search panel.

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