Windows 11 Beta Channel Build 22635.2841 out: updated widget setting experience and more

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Microsoft released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22635.2841 (KB5032286) to the Beta Channel today. This build introduces several new features and improvements. Some of the major changes are:

Steps Recorder is being deprecated and removed in a future Windows release. Microsoft encourages Insiders to explore other options such as Snipping Tool, Xbox Game Bar, or Microsoft Clipchamp.

When enabled, Nearby Sharing will automatically turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and turn off nearby sharing when disabled. This will help to ensure that nearby sharing is always working as expected.

Microsoft has made some improvements to the performance of Task Manager when expanding the navigation pane. They have also fixed an issue causing Task Manager to crash when changing Always on Top mode and where the dropdowns in settings would float up the screen if you scrolled.

Besides this, Microsoft has updated the widget settings experience, allowing users to customize their widget board experience. One of the new settings enables you to just show widgets on your widgets board, and another makes it easier to discover how to personalize your feed content.

Here are some fixes for everyone in the Beta Channel

  • New! You can use Copilot in Windows with ALT + Tab. When you press ALT +Tab, the thumbnail preview for Copilot in Windows appears among other thumbnail previews of open windows. You can switch between them using the Tab keystroke.

  • New! You can use Copilot in Windows across multiple displays. Press the Copilot in Windows taskbar button on the taskbar of the display where you want Copilot in Windows to appear. To show Copilot in Windows on the last display that it was on, press WIN + C. If you use a keyboard, press WIN + T to put the keyboard focus on the taskbar. Then go to the Copilot in Windows button to open it on any display.

  • New! In the coming weeks, you might see Windows Spotlight set as the default background. This might occur when your background is set to an inbox Windows image.

Here are some known issues

  • [NEW] The Microsoft 365, Outlook Calendar, and To Do widgets get stuck in an error state when the Microsoft Start feed is disabled.

  • [NEW] You may experience a loading delay when the Microsoft Start feed is reenabled.

  • [NEW] Announcements from the Microsoft Start feed are still shown on the taskbar after the feed is hidden.

  • [NEW] The Widgets Board should automatically close and reopen when enabling or disabling feeds.

  • [NEW] Keyboard navigation from settings subpages back to the top-level Settings page is broken.

  • [NEW] Incorrect spacing and fonts used in some settings pages.

More here.