Microsoft is releasing Windows 11 Preview Build 25227 to the Dev Channel, and it comes with a handful of new changes for Insiders.
The improvements start with the Update Stack Orchestrator, which now offers better predictability of restarts for Windows updates. Specifically, these changes are introduced in the quality and feature update deadline calculation, Specify deadlines for automatic updates and restarts Group Policy setting, and default values for feature update.
Aside from that, Microsoft is also introducing visible changes in other sections of Windows 11, including in the Start menu, widgets, settings, and voice typing. Of all these things, the new header positions being tested by Microsoft are probably the most interesting. In the experimental Widgets panel UI, Microsoft showed the header placed at the top of the screen and on the left side. And while it is nice to see it in public, note that it is only a test, so we’re not sure whether it will see the light of day in the future.
Meanwhile, Insiders getting Build 25227 will start seeing the Start menu with badging on their user profiles. According to Microsoft, the main purpose of this change is to inform users if there are important actions that should be addressed in the system. Another notable change includes the rollout of clipboard history support on password fields, which was earlier rolled out in Build 25206.
On the other hand, Microsoft also mentioned during Build 25227’s announcement that Insiders across all channels would also get improvements on version 22209 of the Microsoft Store. It is not huge, but games and movies will get pop-up preview trailers starting today, making it easier for users to familiarize themselves with certain titles before clicking them.
As usual, there are lots of fixes included in Build 25227.