Windows 11 will arrive, sooner for some and later for others; the new operating system will be released later this year, but free updates for existing Windows 10 computers won't start working until 2022. However, Windows Insiders may get its first installment in the latest version and (with luck) from Microsoft’s long-running operating system right now.
Windows 22 build 22000.51, as is formally known, includes "many, but not all," of the new features unveiled last week. The updated user interface is the most present aspect of the new Windows, but Insiders will also have the ability to play with the new widgets, multitasking options and the "nice, easy to use and inclusive" setup menu, try Wi-Fi End 6E support (assuming they have a 6E router, of course), and stroll through the updated Microsoft store. Office Insiders can also consult a previous version of Windows 11 Office.
Hi, #WindowsInsiders: We're excited to share our first build # Windows11 Insider Preview on the Dev channel, Build 22000.51. So many things to unpack, so don’t forget to check out our blog post https://t.co/kcHC1627Zr ^ AL # AreYouFlightingYet pic.twitter.com/iqxuxpMdMEJune 28, 2021
Predictably, there are some known issues with this compilation; I'm willing to bet there are some unknown issues as well, but here's the known list for now:
- The taskbar will not be displayed on multiple monitors, but will be returned in a future release.
- The preview window may not display the entire window when you hover over the Taskbar Task View.
- When upgrading a device with multiple user accounts to Windows 11, the configuration will not start.
- A small set of inherited Configuration pages, as well as adjustment and finishing errors, will be addressed in future releases.
- The "Power Mode" setting does not appear on the Power and Battery page.
- When you start the Settings application, a brief green flash may appear.
- When you use Quick Settings to modify accessibility settings, the configuration user interface may not save the selected status.
- In some cases, you may not be able to enter text when using Search from the beginning or the taskbar. If you have problems, press Win + R on the keyboard to start the Run dialog box, and then close it.
- We're working on fixing a problem that prevents apps from being fixed from the start, makes the File Explorer command bar disappear, or hides the snapshot feature. To fix them, restart your PC.
- Search panel application icons may not load and appear as gray squares.
- When you hover your mouse over the Search icon on the taskbar, the third recent search does not load and is left blank.
- After clicking on the taskbar of the search icon, the search panel may not open. If this happens, restart the "Windows Explorer" process and reopen the search panel.
- When you hover your mouse over the taskbar search icon, recent searches may not be displayed. To resolve the issue, restart the device.
- The search panel may appear in black and show no content below the search box.
- The system text scale will scale all widgets proportionally and may result in cropped widgets.
- Launching links from the widget dashboard may not invoke applications in the foreground.
- If you use a screen reader / narrator in widgets, they may not advertise content correctly
- The widget board may appear blank. To resolve this issue, you can log out and log back in.
- When using the Outlook client with a Microsoft account, Calendar and task changes may not be synchronized with real-time widgets.
- Widgets can be displayed with an incorrect size on external monitors. If you encounter this, you can start the widgets using the touch shortcut or WIN + W on the monitor of your actual device and then launch it on your secondary monitors.
- After adding multiple widgets quickly from the widget settings, some of the widgets may not be visible on the dashboard.
- The install button may not yet work in some limited scenarios.
- Ratings and reviews are not available for some applications.
Also note that "when you upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10 or when you install an upgrade to Windows 11, some features may become obsolete or deleted." Complete information on this is available here.
If you want to do this preview version to try it yourself, you can sign up for the Windows Insider program here. You must be logged in with your Microsoft account and will probably want to be aware of a few important points before you can jump on both feet:
- Experimental and old advance release programs and services that are made available to you in the Program may not be tested.
- You may experience locks, security vulnerabilities, data loss, or damage to your device.
- When the software is installed on a mobile device: (i) it is not intended to replace your primary telecommunications medium; (ii) in some circumstances, you may not be able to make calls (including calls for emergency services); (iii) may inadvertently damage the device and render it inoperative; and (iv) may experience an increase in data costs.
- Running this software requires participants to choose to send Microsoft "Full Diagnostic Data" (also known as "optional"), which collects and transmits certain data to Microsoft about activities on your device. including personal information; Microsoft shares some data with partners. See the Privacy statement for more information.
- You will receive communications about the program and related promotions. Once you have joined the program, you must leave the program to stop receiving these communications.
If you'd rather take a look at what's to come, watch some videos, and sign up for the Windows 11 newsletter, you can do so completely without obligation at Microsoft Inside the Windows 11 website.