Windows 11's Voice Access adds custom voice commands, voice shortcuts in insider build

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23612 is now out.

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Key notes

  • Microsoft launched Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23612 for Canary insiders.
  • In this build, the company introduces voice shortcuts feature.
  • Besides, there’s also a new MSN-supported weather widget for lock screens.

Besides launching a new, neat MSN-supported weather widget on lock screens for Canary channel, Microsoft also introduced a new voice shortcuts feature for insiders. It should be rolled out soon to non-insider general users in the Stable channel in the near future.

With this feature, you can create your very own command — like opening a URL — in voice shortcuts from the Voice Access app. These commands map to a single action: you can say “show voice shortcuts” when Voice Access is on, and then it will let you create new commands through the voice shortcuts page.

Microsoft has launched double builds for both Dev and Canary channel insiders, kicking off the new year just right.

Those in the Canary, however, may be waking up to a not-so-nice news. WordPad, the popular text-editing app that has been around since Windows 95, is being deprecated within this build. 

It means that the WordPad app will not be included in new clean Windows installations and will also be removed from existing installations. There will be no way to reinstall WordPad after it has been removed.

Check out the official changelog for Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23612 on Microsoft’s official site here.

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