Windows 11 build 22000.120 out for the Dev and Beta channels, adds a new Family widget

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Neowin 05 August, 2021 - 12:22pm 47 views

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Microsoft Releases New Windows 11 Build With Minor Changes

Tom's Hardware 05 August, 2021 - 02:13pm

The first Windows 11 Preview Build was released to the Windows Insider Program's Dev Channel on June 28; a build finally made its way to the Beta Channel on July 29. Preview Build 22000.120 is the first build to launch on both channels simultaneously, but some changes will reach Dev Channel testers before they hit the Beta Channel.

Microsoft said Preview Build 22000.120 introduced a new Family widget that "allows you to see recent activity from members of your Microsoft family group," made a few minor user experience improvements, and fixed a long list of problems affecting the Taskbar, the Start menu, and many other aspects of the operating system.

Those changes should be available on both channels. An updated Microsoft Store, however, will be limited to the Dev Channel at first. Microsoft said it hopes "to begin rolling this Store update out to Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel if no blocking issues are discovered in the Dev Channel!" but didn't say when that might happen.

The update adds automatic scrolling in the Spotlight area shown in the Microsoft Store homepage, a new product detail page for games that allows developers to share more images with prospective buyers, and a new dialog for Ratings and Reviews that "made it easier to provide feedback on the products you use."

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.120 is available now via the Windows Insider Program. The release to both Dev Channel and Beta Channel means that most of the program's members can now test Windows 11; the only ones who can't are those in the Release Preview Channel used just before an update's official debut.

However, if you want to put Windows 11 on a new PC or virtual machine, the easiest way could be to get a Windows 11 ISO and do a clean install. You won't even need a valid product key.

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Windows 11 Build 22000.120 Hits Insider Channels With Numerous Updates And Fixes

Hot Hardware 05 August, 2021 - 01:24pm

But along with those fixes are some updates and improvements, which will also make the Windows 11 experience more enjoyable for users. Here's what Microsoft has changed in the last Insider Preview build:

Earlier today, ASUS showed Windows 11 some love by releasing dozens of BIOS updates to ensure that its AMD and Intel motherboards fully support Microsoft's next operating system.

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Windows 11 Build 22000.120 Hits Insider Channels With Numerous Updates And Fixes

CNET 05 August, 2021 - 01:24pm

But along with those fixes are some updates and improvements, which will also make the Windows 11 experience more enjoyable for users. Here's what Microsoft has changed in the last Insider Preview build:

Earlier today, ASUS showed Windows 11 some love by releasing dozens of BIOS updates to ensure that its AMD and Intel motherboards fully support Microsoft's next operating system.

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Windows 11 Build 22000.120 Hits Insider Channels With Numerous Updates And Fixes

OnMSFT 05 August, 2021 - 01:24pm

But along with those fixes are some updates and improvements, which will also make the Windows 11 experience more enjoyable for users. Here's what Microsoft has changed in the last Insider Preview build:

Earlier today, ASUS showed Windows 11 some love by releasing dozens of BIOS updates to ensure that its AMD and Intel motherboards fully support Microsoft's next operating system.

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Windows 11 Build 22000.120 Hits Insider Channels With Numerous Updates And Fixes

WindowsLatest 05 August, 2021 - 01:24pm

But along with those fixes are some updates and improvements, which will also make the Windows 11 experience more enjoyable for users. Here's what Microsoft has changed in the last Insider Preview build:

Earlier today, ASUS showed Windows 11 some love by releasing dozens of BIOS updates to ensure that its AMD and Intel motherboards fully support Microsoft's next operating system.

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Windows 11 Build 22000.120 Drops for Both Dev & Beta Channels with a Massive List of Fixes

Wccftech 05 August, 2021 - 12:32pm

Microsoft's Windows development team has today released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.120 for Insiders in both the Dev Channel and the Beta Channel. Today's build brings a handful of improvements and a long list of fixes to those testing the next generation of Windows. 

For more details about today's Windows 11 Insider Preview Build, head over to the official blog post. 

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Windows 11 Build 22000.120 Drops for Both Dev & Beta Channels with a Massive List of Fixes

XDA Developers 05 August, 2021 - 12:32pm

Microsoft's Windows development team has today released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.120 for Insiders in both the Dev Channel and the Beta Channel. Today's build brings a handful of improvements and a long list of fixes to those testing the next generation of Windows. 

For more details about today's Windows 11 Insider Preview Build, head over to the official blog post. 

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Windows 11 could be here sooner than you think

TechRadar 05 August, 2021 - 05:42am

That’s the theoretical launch timeframe Microsoft is currently looking at going by clues which were recently uncovered by Windows Latest. The latest hint comes in the form of a Microsoft post on the subject of Windows 11 driver submissions, giving hardware makers a deadline to get drivers in for inclusion in the initial release of the OS.

Microsoft notes: “Partners looking to achieve compatibility for systems shipping with Windows 11, version 21H2 Release may factory-install drivers for components that achieved compatibility with Windows 10, version 2004 until September 24, 2021.”

Microsoft wants drivers to be provided well ahead of the release of Windows 11, naturally, to ensure that they’re ready and to leave a suitable amount of time for testing.

As Windows Latest observes, typically we might expect this schedule to point to a Windows 11 release around four weeks or so later, or in other words, the end of October.

Furthermore, the other potentially telling aspect here is that this timeframe ties in with hints spotted elsewhere, namely a leaked Intel document (graphics driver release notes, to be precise) which labels the initial version of Windows 11 the ‘October 2021 Update’. Walmart also previously posted an October date for the Windows 11 launch in a product listing.

We’ve now seen a number of hints that late October is the intended release date for Windows 11, or at least this is Microsoft’s apparent plan. Obviously enough, even if this is the current intention, the operating system could slide and end up arriving in November (or maybe even later).

This is exactly why Microsoft has kept its only official comment on the release date as Windows 11 arriving for the ‘holiday season’, which is just a broad indication of availability coming late in 2021.

Typically, we expect that to mean December, or possibly late November, and perhaps that’s the safe expectation Microsoft wants us to hold onto, rather than thinking we might get Windows 11 much earlier – the late stages of October – and then it doesn’t arrive. Clearly, it’s better to leave users pleasantly surprised by an ‘early’ arrival, than disappointed by the OS not turning up when expected; that’s simple common sense.

As always in these scenarios, everything depends on how the final phase of testing goes. If a major show-stopper of a bug turns up at the last minute – and this has certainly happened before with Windows 10 updates, which are less complex than the current undertaking – then we can expect a delay as that problem is ironed out.

Still, the number of hints about a later in October launch gives us at least some measure of confidence that we might see Windows 11 arrive then, or in November. Also, there is one final piece of the puzzle that fits here: the rumor that next-gen Alder Lake CPUs from Intel will launch at the end of October, and that Windows 11 has been tweaked to make improvements for these processors and their hybrid design, with both products potentially being released together as a result.

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