Windows 11 Insider Build 22581 Brings Revamped Taskbar & More to Beta Users

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As a weekly ritual, Microsoft has released the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22581 for both the Dev and Beta channels, becoming the first Windows 11 update available for both the channels. This setup will now be followed from now on. While the features released for the Dev channel aren’t new, they are for the Beta channel as it is not the first in line to get new features the Dev channel usually gets. Here’s a look at what’s new.

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22581: What’s New?

Before we get to the new changes in the latest Windows 11 Build, here’s an important update. Microsoft has revealed that it is now changing the way it releases builds for Dev and Beta channels and will now release the same build for both of them. While the former will test experimental features, the latter will preview features that can be considered closer to a release. Although, not all features are meant to ship.

The company is also giving users a chance to shift to the Beta channel if they are a part of the Dev channel. For this, users can head to the Settings -> Windows Update -> Windows Insider Program -> Choose your Insider settings -> Beta Channel option, and it’s done. This option closes once a higher build is released to the Dev channel. Microsoft is soon expected to start releasing Windows 11 23H1 builds to the Dev channel.

As for the features, the latest Windows 11 Preview Build 22581 introduces the new taskbar for tablets, which was first added with the Build 22563, for beta users. There will be two modes: collapsed and expanded. The Windows 11 taskbar will collapse once a keyboard or mouse is disconnected and will show important icons. The expanded mode will make the taskbar more useable and will also allow for touch gestures. More taskbar upgrades are added with the new Insider beta build.

There’s also the ability to create and rename folders on Start and the ability to see file previews in File Explorer. The Context menus and various app icons have got a Fluent design. The Task Manager and the Print Queue have also received the dark mode.

Windows 11 Insider Build 22581 Brings Revamped Taskbar & More to Beta Users

Additionally, Insider Build 22581 has brought in Live Captions to Windows 11, improvements for the Settings app, and more. Numerous bug fixes have also been included. You can check the full list and details on switching between the Dev and Beta channels by checking out the Microsoft blog. These features are also expected to reach Windows 11 22H2 update (aka Sun Valley 2), which is likely to roll out to the general users later this summer.

VIA XDA Developers
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  • Alex says:

    This article is incorrect, while Beta and Dev currently are receiving the build number, Microsoft has not guaranteed they will continue to receive the same builds into the future.
    This is why Microsoft has advised that there is a limited window to shift from Dev to Beta without a full reinstallation.
    Please correct this article.

  • Richard Parsons says:

    Windows 11 is an enormous turd.
    It was on my new computer and I have had nothing but problems since I started using it.

    I have tried to contact Microsoft Support for help. I keep being refered to on-line help which does not address my problems and does not provide a reference to the next higher echelon of support. The support assistant is much the same way.

    On-line support articles for the areas I am interested in address Windows 10, but not Windows 11.

  • Pete Amend says:

    This unwanted update screwed up my system.
    I have had Windows 11 since January but it says if I want out of the program, I have to do a clean install of Windows 10.
    Was not even aware of the Beta program until today, much less that it signed me up.
    Should have warned me.
    Computer basically worthless right now so doing this on my phone.
    Microsoft needs to warn users IMMEDIATELY.
    Class action law suit???

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