Windows 11 Beta channel will now document changes in two separate categories

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Key notes

  • Windows 11 Beta Channel gets more control over updates.
  • Choose to receive new features early or wait for a gradual rollout.
  • Opt-in via the “get latest updates” toggle in Windows Update.
  • Clearer documentation separates features for early access vs everyone.

Microsoft is giving Windows 11 Insiders in the Beta Channel more control over their update experience. With the latest update (Build 22635.3276), users can now choose whether to receive new features and improvements as soon as they’re available or wait for them to be gradually rolled out to everyone in the channel.

  • Gradual Rollout:
    • New features and updates will be released gradually to Beta Channel users.
    • This allows Microsoft to gather feedback and ensure stability before making them widely available.
  • Opt-in for Early Access:
    • Users who want to be among the first to try new features can enable the “get the latest updates as they are available” toggle in Windows Update settings.

To help users understand what’s available, Microsoft will now be documenting changes in two separate categories:

  • Features and fixes are rolling out to users who opted in for early access.
  • Features and fixes are available to all Beta Channel users, regardless of the toggle setting.

These changes haven’t been announced till now for Canary and Dev channels.

Here’s what is available on the 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

  • 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.

More here.

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