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Microsoft today announced the release of Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25967 to the Canary Channel. This new Windows 11 build comes with a new Settings homepage, removes the built-in Cortana app, new quick settings layout and more. The new Settings homepage in Windows 11 brings a dynamic and personalized experience. It offers an overview of your device, quick access to key settings, and helps manage your Microsoft account via different cards. The following cards will be available at launch:
- Recommended settings: This card adapts to your specific usage patterns, providing timely and relevant settings options. It’s designed to streamline your settings management and save you time.
- Cloud storage: Gives you an overview of your cloud storage use and lets you know when you’re nearing capacity.
- Account recovery: Helps keep your Microsoft account more secure by helping you add additional recovery info so you never get locked out of your account, even if you forget your password.
- Personalization: Brings customization to the forefront by offering one-click access to update your background theme or change your color mode.
- Microsoft 365: Provides a quick glimpse of your subscription status and benefits, along with the ability to take some key actions right in Settings instead of going to the web.
- Xbox: Similar to the Microsoft 365 card, you’ll be able to view your subscription status and manage the subscription from the Settings app.
- Bluetooth Devices: To simplify your Bluetooth device management experience, we’ve brought this to the forefront so you can quickly access and connect to your favorite Bluetooth-enabled devices.
Other changes available in this Windows 11 build:
- The Cortana app will be removed after updating to this build.
- Microsoft is trying out a scrollable view of quick settings to some Windows Insiders in the Canary Channel as part of evaluating effectiveness of different layouts. As part of the change, rather than having to edit the list to add new quick actions, the user now has a scrollable list of quick actions that can be rearranged.
- System Components currently listed in Settings > Apps > Installed Apps page, have moved to its own page under Settings > System > System Components.
- Xbox Game Bar is now Game Bar under Settings > Gaming.
[Windows Subsystem for Linux]
- The September 2023 update for the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) has been rolled out and includes networking improvements in the latest Insider Preview builds. See this blog post for more details.