Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22635.3276 (Beta Channel)

Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22635.3276 (Beta Channel)

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22635.3276 (KB5034857) to the Beta Channel.

REMINDER: All Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel will now be on the same build (Build 22635.xxxx) via an enablement package. For Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel who want to be the first to get features gradually rolled out to you, you can turn ON the toggle (shown in the image below) to get the latest updates as they are available via Settings > Windows Update. Over time, we will increase the rollouts of features to everyone with the toggle turned on. Should you keep this toggle off, new features will gradually be rolled out to your device over time once they are ready.

Turn on the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available to get new features rolled out to you.

Turn on the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available to get new features rolled out to you.

Going forward, we will document changes in Beta Channel builds in two buckets: new features, improvements, and fixes that are being gradually rolled out for Insiders who have turned on the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available and then new features, improvements, and fixes available to everyone in the Beta Channel.

Fixes gradually being rolled out to the Beta Channel with toggle on*

[Nearby Sharing]

  • Fixed an issue where devices with long names weren’t shown in nearby sharing.
  • Fixed an issue where device names may unexpectedly show “????” instead of the name.

[Task Manager]

  • Fixed an issue impacting Task Manager reliability.

Changes and Improvements gradually being rolled out to everyone in the Beta Channel

[Copilot in Windows*]

  • We are trying out a new hover experience for Copilot in Windows. When you move your mouse cursor over the Copilot icon on the taskbar, it will open the Copilot pane. The Copilot pane will close unless interacted with after it opens. This will begin rolling out slowly over the next few weeks to Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel.

Fixes for everyone in the Beta Channel

[Search]

  • Fixed an issue where the search highlights icon in the taskbar could get out of sync with the search highlights for the day.

Known issues

  • Microsoft Defender Application Guard (MDAG) for Microsoft Edge users may hit a no network connection issue when browsing inside MDAG. The workaround is to disable the MDAG enterprise policy or uninstall MDAG via “Turn Windows Features on and off” and reboot. As a reminder – MDAG for Edge is a deprecated feature.
  • [NEW] We’re working on the fix for an issue causing an increase in explorer.exe crashes for Insiders in the Beta Channel after the last flight.

About the Beta Channel

The Beta Channel is the place we preview experiences that are closer to what we will ship to our general customers. Because the Dev and Beta Channels represent parallel development paths from our engineers, there may be cases where features and experiences show up in the Beta Channel first. However, this does not mean every feature we try out in the Beta Channel will ship. We encourage Insiders to read this blog post that outlines the ways we’ll try things out with Insiders in both the Dev and Beta Channels.

*Getting new features: For Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel who want to be the first to get features gradually rolled out to you, you can turn ON the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available via Settings > Windows Update. Over time, we will increase the rollouts of features to everyone with the toggle turned on. Should you keep this toggle off, new features will gradually be rolled out to your device over time once they are ready.

**Availability of Copilot in Windows: Copilot in Windows in preview is being rolled out gradually to Windows Insiders in select global markets. The initial markets for the Copilot in Windows preview include North America, United Kingdom and parts of Asia and South America. It is our intention to add additional markets over time.

Important Insider Links

Thanks,
Amanda & Brandon

Source: Windows Blog






Ability to use a mobile device’s camera as a webcam on your PC begins rolling out to Windows Insiders

Ability to use a mobile device’s camera as a webcam on your PC begins rolling out to Windows Insiders

Hello Windows Insiders,

We are gradually rolling out the ability to use your Android phone or tablet camera in any video application on your Windows 11 PC to Windows Insiders across all Insider Channels. With this feature, you’ll be able to wirelessly enjoy the high quality of your mobile device’s camera on your PC with flexibility and ease. Some of the abilities include being able to switch between front and back camera, pausing the stream during interruptions, and enjoying effects provided by your mobile model.

A phone and a PC window showing connected camera controls that are available when you connect your phone with your PC.

A phone and a PC window showing connected camera controls that are available when you connect your phone with your PC.

Please ensure that your mobile device has Android 9.0+ and that your version of the Link to Windows phone application is 1.24012* or greater.

New settings window for managing mobile devices that are allowed to connect to your PC.

New settings window for managing mobile devices that are allowed to connect to your PC.

To enable this experience, go to Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Mobile devices and choose “Manage devices” and allow your PC to access your Android phone. Your PC will get a Cross Device Experience Host update in the Microsoft Store that is required for this experience to work.

FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Devices and Drivers > Linked devices.

Thanks,
Windows Insider Program Team

Source: Windows Blog






Microsoft Copilot improvements for Windows 11

Microsoft Copilot improvements for Windows 11

Microsoft Copilot is your everyday AI companion. As we continue to innovate with Windows, we’re delighted to introduce some useful new features to our Copilot Preview for Windows 111.  These new capabilities build on the introduction of the Copilot Key on new Windows 11 PC keyboards2, updates to the Copilot icon on the taskbar, and the ability to dock, undock and resize the Copilot pane.

Starting today, we introduce plugins from your favorite apps like OpenTable, Shopify and Kayak, as well as new skills to simplify your tasks and use of Windows. We can’t wait for you to try these.

In addition to the new features in Copilot, over the next month, we are bringing even more value to Windows 11. We are adding new AI editing capabilities in Photos designed to make creating simpler, enabling easier video editing with the preview of Clipchamp silence removal, and launching improvements to features like Snap, Widgets and Inking, making it even easier to get things done. For our commercial customers, we are also making it even easier to securely manage updates across your organization.

Microsoft Copilot user interface

Copilot in Windows 11

New plugins  

•	Examples of plugins available with Copilot in Windows

With Copilot in Windows, you can now use plugins for easy access to some of your favorite applications.

Need to make a dinner reservation with friends?  Ask Copilot and OpenTable to handle it.  Change your mind and want to stay in? Simply prompt Copilot with “Create a healthy dinner party menu for 8” and watch your options unfold.  Not happy with the salad suggested?  Ask Copilot to swap it for a vegetable and when you’re ready to shop, Instacart is right there for you, all within Copilot in Windows.

Over the next month, we will be adding new ways to connect and get things done from partners like Shopify, Klarna and Kayak, in addition to what OpenTable and Instacart and a growing list of other Copilot in Windows plugins can do.

New skills

Sometimes we all need a little help in getting things done, including adjusting our PC settings, quickly accessing the tools and information to make learning and doing easier, and finding the fastest access to help, all at our fingertips.

Beginning in late March, you will see the following new skills enabled within your Copilot in Windows experience.  To use these skills, simply type in a prompt to Copilot in Windows.  For example, type “enable battery saver” or “turn off battery saver” and Copilot will take the appropriate action and confirm completion.

•	Example of Copilot in Windows performing a common task to enable Battery Saver mode

  • Settings:
    • Turn on/off battery saver
    • Show device information
    • Show system information
    • Show battery information
    • Open storage page
  • Accessibility:
    • Launch live captions
    • Launch narrator
    • Launch screen magnifier
    • Open voice access page
    • Open text size page
    • Open contrast themes page
    • Launch voice input
  • Device information:
    • Show available Wi-Fi network
    • Display IP address
    • Show available storage space
    • Empty recycle bin

New creativity app updates

Building on the success of our AI-enhanced Inbox apps, today we begin rolling out two exciting updates designed to make creating simpler.

Generative Erase: When using the Photos app, you can now select and remove unwanted objects or imperfections from your images using the new Generative Erase feature. Snapped the ideal sunset photo but want to remove the airplane flying above?  Generative Erase in Photos can do just that.

Clipchamp silence removal preview: Gaps in conversation are natural in real life, but awkward in a video. With the addition of Clipchamp silence removal, removing those gaps in the audio track is easy.  The preview of silence removal in Clipchamp starts to become available today.  

Accessible by default

Voice Shortcuts: Save your voice and finish tasks faster with new Voice Shortcuts.  You can now create custom commands to quickly accomplish what you’re trying to do using just a single phrase.  From pasting text and media, pressing keyboard keys or mouse clicks, to opening folders, files, apps or URLs, Voice Shortcuts are there to help.

Multi-Display: To make navigating a multiple monitor setup even easier, you can now use voice commands across connected screens, making it easier than ever to navigate between displays or move files and apps.

More to love on Windows 11

Windows 11 and your Android platform phone

Your Windows 11 PC and Android phone connection just got better.  Soon you will be able to access recent photos on your PC or use your phone as a webcam on all video conferencing apps, making your Android device a productivity partner to your Windows 11 PC.

Intelligent Snap suggestions: Make the most of your screen real estate with new personalized layout suggestions. Snap suggestions help you quickly organize open apps based on how you use them, making it even easier to get things done.

Widgets:  Many of us experience information overload from time to time, but still need to stay up to date on the information we care about most.  Now with the new Widgets board experience, you are able to create a focused board  and organize your Widgets into distinct categories – whether for work or play.  If you’re looking to catch up on current events, you’ll find the familiar experience currently available through your feed located right in the discovery dashboard.

Windows Ink: Windows Ink enables natural writing on pen-capable PCs. With this update, we are expanding the number of apps and languages available to Windows Ink to include your favorites like Photos, Paint, WhatsApp and Messenger, all offering greater flexibility for where you ink or type.

Share content to more third-party apps: Need to share your favorite vacation photo with a friend on Snapchat? Windows 11 has expanded the file sharing options to include additional apps like WhatsApp, Snapchat and Instagram, with more apps like Facebook Messenger coming soon.

A unified management solution for our enterprise customers

For our enterprise customers, we are simplifying the update management solution by unifying the Windows Update for Business deployment service with Autopatch into a single update management solution.

Windows Autopatch will now become the unifying Windows update management solution, providing a single way in which organizations can manage updates while maintaining the highest level of control. Windows Autopatch provides the update solution for Windows PCs, Microsoft 365 applications, Microsoft Edge and Teams, and will now leverage AI to program the necessary updates and reduce the impact on team productivity. Learn more about what’s new in Autopatch.

How to take advantage of these new and improved features

Many of these new experiences will start to become available today, via Windows Update and new apps available via Microsoft Store updates. Windows 11 devices will get new functionality at different times, as we will be gradually rolling out some of these new features over the coming weeks initially via controlled feature rollout (CFR) to consumers. Consumers with eligible devices running Windows 11, versions 22H2 and 23H2, who are interested in experiencing these new enhancements now can choose to do so by going to Settings > Windows Update and turning on “Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available” and then selecting “Check for updates.” We anticipate broad availability for most new features by the April 2024 security update release for all eligible devices.

Most of these new Windows 11 features will be enabled by default in the March 2024 optional non-security preview release for all editions of Windows 11, versions 23H2 and 22H2. IT admins who want to get the new Windows 11 features can use the enable and control optional updates policy to enable optional updates for their managed devices.

As is our normal practice, we will closely monitor the rollout of these new Windows 11 features and continue to share timely information on the status of the rollout and known issues (open and resolved) via the Windows release health dashboard and @WindowsUpdate. Please continue to tell us about your experience by providing comments or suggestions via Feedback Hub. 

For a full list of features available via Windows Update, learn more here.

Ready to upgrade to a new Windows 11 PC?  Find the PC that’s right for you.

1 Copilot in Windows (in preview) is available in select global markets and will be rolled out to additional markets over time. Learn more.

2 When Copilot for Windows is not available or enabled on the device, pressing the Copilot key will launch Windows Search. The Copilot key will be available on many new Windows 11 PCs starting in early 2024. 

Source: Windows Blog






Latest (and greatest) AI-powered tools in Edge you didn’t know you needed

Latest (and greatest) AI-powered tools in Edge you didn’t know you needed

Advances in AI technology can be intimidating and maybe even overwhelming, but they do open up a whole new set of tools to help you tackle your day.

At Microsoft Edge, we’ve been developing AI-powered tools to help you browse smarter and achieve more than you thought possible. And what better time than now to make AI work for you.

To get you started, we are breaking down our top AI-powered tools you didn’t know you needed:

Find exactly what you’re looking for, faster

Microsoft Copilot tops this list, as your everyday AI companion, saving you time on common tasks like starting a draft message or finding the information you need, faster. However, did you know that Copilot can do even more when accessed in Edge? In Edge, you can not only ask Copilot for information, but you can also ask questions about information you’re viewing on the browser – at home or on the go. Let’s say you’re using Copilot to do research on starting a garden. While viewing that “Gardening 101” article, you can get explanations on certain portions by simply highlighting the text to ask Copilot. And that’s not all – this past month we’ve added even more functionality to Copilot that’s only available in Edge:

  • New to Copilot in Edge is video highlights. Copilot in Edge can now help you find exactly what you need within a video in less time. Take the gardening example. Say you find a good beginners guide video; Copilot in Edge will break it down for you into clickable time stamps, so you can jump to the parts of the video that matter most to you or go back to specific parts you want to rewatch. You can also ask Copilot questions about the video like, “what does this video say about best time of the year to start a garden?” This is a time saver – not just for DIY projects, but training videos and more – even catching sports highlights!
  • You can now use screenshots in Copilot to find exactly what you want. For example, say you find a photo of a plant you love, but have no other information, simply use the screenshot tool in Copilot in Edge and give prompts like “What is the name of this plant?” This functionality is now generally available in Edge.

Keep your browser organized

The browser is a key part of our online life. We do everything in it: work, learn, manage finances, entertainment, shopping – and we often do these tasks in the same window. It is not surprising that keeping tabs organized becomes more of a necessity. Turns out, AI can also help you keep your browser organized.

Aside from being able to align tabs vertically and pin tabs, Edge can also automatically organize your tabs into groups using the power of AI. Tab auto-grouping is an AI-powered tool we launched back in September of last year, and we’ve received great feedback so far. With tab auto-grouping you can organize your tabs in less time. For example, as you go deeper into your gardening research, it is likely that you’ll have many tabs from articles to shopping to videos, which you’d like to organize and keep for future reference. To access tab groups, simply select the Tab Action Menu located next to your tabs and then select Organize tabs to let Microsoft Edge group them by relevance and assign them a name and a color. You can also give Copilot the prompt in chat to group similar tabs, and it will get it done for you in no time. Tab groups are automatically pinned by default, so if you close your browser, they will be there when you return. Also, we make sure you’re getting the best browser performance by putting inactive tab groups to sleep, therefore allowing active groups to perform better.

Shop online with confidence

If you’re looking to shop for all the products you’ll need to start gardening, Microsoft Edge is the best place to start. With built-in tools like coupons, price comparison, price history, and cash back, shoppers can save over $400 per year with Microsoft Edge. Edge is also equipped with Copilot to deliver AI-powered shopping assistance, comprehensive buying guides, smart product comparisons, review summaries, and more. Our goal is to make it easy to get the right product at the right price and enjoy the thrill of every purchase on Edge.

I cannot move to the next item on our list without talking about our newest shopping (and security feature): Wallet. This Microsoft Edge tool combines shopping convenience and data security. Wallet is designed to be the one place where you store your payment methods, passwords, and more. With Wallet, you can also access your Microsoft Rewards or Cashback balances or use online payment security measures like virtual cards1 to protect you from hacks and leaks. It all works seamlessly with the data you have already securely stored in Microsoft Edge.

Explore the web in ways that work best for you

Read aloud is another fan favorite we’d like to remind you about. We’ve heard customers love using it as a hands-free way to cook with their favorite recipes, and it’s made a big difference in terms of making web content more accessible to all. In fact, it’s helped users read more than 150 million articles every year.

Read aloud is one of our original AI-powered tools and is designed to allow you to step away from the screen and listen to content while performing other tasks. From an accessibility perspective, it can help improve your reading comprehension by hearing content at your own pace, in your desired language. With Read aloud, you can be out working in your yard and listening along to a step-by-step article on getting the soil ready for planting. Because, yes, that is right, read aloud is not just available on desktop, it is also available in the Edge mobile app – both on iOS and Android. And even if your connection is spotty in the yard, it works offline2. You can also adjust the pace to faster or slower and customized voice options, and it even works with PDFs.

To access Read aloud on desktop, simply click on the Read aloud icon on your Edge tool bar to get started. On mobile, you can access from the main menu, or from the address bar icon.

Screenshot of the Read aloud feature in Edge

To learn more, visit aka.ms/edge-ai-powered and please continue to send us your feedback as we work to create web experiences and tools to give you a smarter way to browse.

Remember, if you’re running a Windows PC, you already have Microsoft Edge installed, so check it out and see why Microsoft Edge is the smarter way to browse. For those who want to try Microsoft Edge and are on a macOS, mobile or Linux device, download it and let us know what you think3!


1 Available only for eligible card issuers.
2 Read aloud is available in both online and offline modes, however, fewer voice options are available while offline.
3 You can share your feedback from the browser window by going to the Settings and more ( menu > Help and feedback > Send feedback.

Source: Windows Blog






Get the Answers You Need with Copilot in Windows 11

Get the Answers You Need with Copilot in Windows 11

Get the Answers You Need with Copilot in Windows 11

Say goodbye to endless research and hello to answers. AI can anticipate your needs and suggest what to do next. Get the answers you need with Copilot in Windows 11.

Screen simulated, subject to change. Feature availability and rollout time may vary by language, market, and device. ​Requires Microsoft account to login.

Learn more: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/copilot-ai-features

AUDIO DESCRIPTION | https://youtu.be/OW0QvcN-204?si=xzdR_JSjda4nJTLf

Source: Windows YouTube






Starfield team reveals creative process of filling galaxies with alien life

Imagining what a future might be like is one of the driving forces behind Starfield, the first new universe from Bethesda Game Studios in 25 years, where your role-playing journey can lead to more than 1,000 planets. It’s available on Windows PCs, Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Series, X|S consoles and Steam.

Over at Xbox Wire, editor Mike Nelson talked to the development team responsible for crafting so many unique alien creatures and found out what it takes to build an entire galactic ecosystem.

Spoiler alert: It takes a lot.

Head over to Xbox Wire to find out the team’s rules for planet generation, how they decided how many species would be on each planet, and how they grounded their creations in the realism of our world, including their behaviors. And if you want to find out more about what went on behind the scenes of the game, head over to Source.

Source: Windows Blog






MWC 2024: Intel Core Ultra extends AI PCs to businesses

At Mobile World Congress, Intel announced more than 100 AI PCs in an array of designs from partners including Acer, ASUS, Dell, Dynabook, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG, Microsoft Surface, NEC, Panasonic, Samsung and VAIO. They’ll all have something new: the Intel vPro platform that extends the benefits of the AI PC to businesses of all sizes. These PCs will expand the current portfolio of AI PCs in market with new neural processing unit (NPU), graphics processing unit (GPU) and central processing unit (CPU) powered silicon that bring new AI experiences in productivity and creativity.

Across these PCs, help is always at hand with Microsoft Copilot in Windows 11. These laptops have the new built-in Copilot key, providing faster access to your everyday AI companion in Windows 11, harnessing the capabilities of AI to make the things you do every day easier. Features include helping you summarize web pages and change settings.

And in a world where people expect more in graphics performance for the professional workstation, this new generation of Intel Core Ultra-powered mobile workstations comes equipped with built-in Intel Arc graphics offering advanced features and a leap in gen-over-gen performance. Additionally, these new mobile workstations also feature a new dedicated OEM-enabled Intel Arc Pro workstation graphics driver for enhanced performance optimizations across creative, design and engineering software.

Intel brings a new era of responsive and reliable graphics capabilities to the modern workforce. Ray tracing capabilities help visualize product designs, AI upscales video to 8K, AV1 offers royalty-free and superior image compression and streaming, and ISV-certified drivers provide architectural and product design reliability.

For frictionless OS transitions, Intel vPro validates and ensures Windows 10 and Windows 11 compatibility. Intel’s developer program helped deliver 99.7% application compatibility on Windows 11.

With dedicated AI acceleration capability spread across the CPU, GPU and the new NPU, Intel Core Ultra-powered commercial PCs will support frequently used apps and unlock a new wave of AI experiences.

Additionally, new Intel Core 14th Gen processors will power a range of desktops and entry-level workstations to extend the commercial portfolio. One of the pivotal features of Intel Core processors is a performance hybrid architecture that maximizes computing headroom for advanced applications and multitasking.

Find out more about Intel’s announcements at MWC.

Source: Windows Blog