Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26120.670 (Dev Channel)

Hi all, last Friday Microsoft released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26120.670 (KB5037869) to the Dev Channel.

All smooth upgrades including Windows 365 pc, Happy Upgrades!

REMINDER: Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel will now receive updates based on Windows 11, version 24H2 via an enablement package (Build 26120.xxxx). For Insiders in the Dev Channel who want to be the first to get features gradually rolled out to you, you can turn ON the toggle (shown in the image below) to get the latest updates as they are available via Settings > Windows Update. Over time, we will increase the rollouts of features to everyone with the toggle turned on. Should you keep this toggle off, new features will gradually be rolled out to your device over time once they are ready.

Going forward, we will document changes in Dev Channel builds in two buckets: new features, improvements, and fixes that are being gradually rolled out for Insiders who have turned on the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available and then new features, improvements, and fixes available to everyone in the Dev Channel.

Changes and Improvements gradually being rolled out to the Dev Channel with toggle on*

[General]

  • This update includes a small set of general improvements and fixes that improve the overall experience for Insiders running this build on their PCs.

Fixes for everyone in the Dev Channel

[Other]

  • Fixed an issue where the Network Locations header was missing in the This PC section of File Explorer.
  • This update affects next secure record 3 (NSEC3) validation in a recursive resolver. Its limit is now 1,000 computations. One computation is equal to the validation of one label with one iteration. DNS Server Administrators can change the default number of computations. To do this, use the registry setting below.
    • Name: \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DNS\Parameters\
      MaxComputationForNsec3Validation
    • Type: DWORD
    • Default: 1000
    • Max: 9600
    • Min: 1
  • This update addresses an issue that might affect domain controllers (DC). NTLM authentication traffic might increase.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the installation of a Windows update. It fails to complete. This occurs when you have to restart your device more than once.
  • This update addresses an issue that might affect Virtual Secure Mode (VSM) scenarios. They might fail. These scenarios include VPN, Windows Hello, Credential Guard, and Key Guard.

Known issues

[Widgets]

  • The WIN + W keyboard shortcut may not work correctly to open the Widgets board.

source: Windows Blogs

Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26217 (Canary Channel)

Hi all, last Wednesday Microsoft released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26217 to the Canary Channel.

Quick and smooth upgrade on all my Canary devices,

A few updated features , Happy upgrades1

Changes and Improvements

[General]

  • This update includes a small set of general improvements and fixes that improve the overall experience for Insiders running this build on their PCs.

[Settings]

  • [ADDED 5/16] We are beginning to roll out updated visuals for the “Rename your PC” and “Change date and time” dialogs to match the Windows 11 visuals.

Fixes for known issues

[Settings]

  • Fixed an issue where after using the Disable button for a camera under Settings > Bluetooth & Devices > Cameras, the Enable button wouldn’t work.
  • Fixed an issue where the text showing the color filters keyboard shortcut was missing from Settings > Accessibility > Color filters.

Known issues

[General]

  • [IMPORTANT NOTE] We are investigating reports that some Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels are stuck on Build 26040 or Build 23620. The investigation is ongoing, however if you are impacted by this and really want to get onto the latest build in the Canary or Dev Channel today – you can download the latest ISO here and do a clean install and opt your device back into flighting in the Canary or Dev Channels.

[Widgets]

  • The WIN + W keyboard shortcut may not work correctly to open the Widgets board.

source: Windows Blogs

Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26212 (Canary Channel)

Hi all, last Wednesday Microsoft released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26212 to the Canary Channel.

Upgrades went without any issues on my Canary devices, been noticing mouse pointer not visible issues on this build mainly on Edge & Teams, the point just goes invisible until you move the mouse or click the screen a hard one to enter in a feedback as it happens at random.

Happy upgrades!

Changes and Improvements

[Windows Share]

  • Users will be able to now generate QR codes for URLs and cloud file links through the Windows share window to seamlessly share webpages and files across their devices. To try this out in Microsoft Edge, just click the share button in the Edge toolbar and choose “Windows share options”.
Option to generate a QR code to share a URL through the Windows share window.
Option to generate a QR code to share a URL through the Windows share window.
  • To prevent accidentally closing the Windows share window, clicking outside the Windows share window will no longer close it. To close the Windows share window, just press the close button at the top right corner.
  • If your Microsoft account uses a Gmail address, you can now send email to yourself from Windows share window and receive it in your Gmail account.
Example Gmail option to email yourself in the Windows share window highlighted in a red box.
Example Gmail option to email yourself in the Windows share window highlighted in a red box.

[Copilot in Windows*]

  • Over the last few months, we’ve been trying out different experiences for Copilot in Windows (Preview) with Windows Insiders across the Canary, Dev, and Beta Channels. Some of these experiences include the ability for Copilot in Windows to act like a normal application window and the taskbar icon animating to indicate that Copilot can help when you copy text or images. We have decided to pause the rollouts of these experiences to further refine them based on user feedback. Copilot in Windows will continue to work as expected while we continue to evolve new ideas with Windows Insiders.

Fixes for known issues

[General]

  • We fixed the issue causing advanced startup options to not work. This also fixes the progress wheel from not showing when booting.
  • We believe we fixed the issue causing Features on Demand (FODs) to not install.

[Copilot in Windows*]

  • We are rolling out a fix for the issue causing Copilot to auto-launch unexpectedly for Windows Insiders in the Canary, Dev, and Beta Channels after restarting their PCs. This issue was unrelated to the auto-launching experience we tried out with Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels in early Februarywhich we stopped rolling out in March.

[Taskbar & System Tray]

  • Fixed an issue that caused the taskbar to be partially off the screen on secondary monitors.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Narrator to be silent while rearranging your apps on taskbar.

[File Explorer]

  • Fixed an issue which was causing File Explorer to sporadically crash when using path suggestions in the address bar.
  • Fixed an issue which could cause File Explorer to crash sometimes when going from the search box to the body of File Explorer.

[Windowing]

  • Fixed a couple DWM crashes, which could cause the screen to appear to flash.

[Other]

  • Fixed an issue that was causing some people to repeatedly see a message saying live captions were being missed.
  • Fixed an underlying issue which was causing Visual Studio to fail to debug x64 .NET framework console applications (the app would crash in ntdll.dll upon load).

Known issues

[General]

  • [IMPORTANT NOTE] We are investigating reports that some Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels are stuck on Build 26040 or Build 23620. The investigation is ongoing, however if you are impacted by this and really want to get onto the latest build in the Canary or Dev Channel today – you can download the latest ISO here and do a clean install and opt your device back into flighting in the Canary or Dev Channels.

source: Windows Blogs

Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26120.470 (Dev Channel)

Hi all, last Friday Microsoft released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26120.470 (KB5037864) to the Dev Channel.

Lots of tweak sand fixes, a smooth upgrade on all my Dev channel devices including Windows365

REMINDER: Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel will now receive updates based on Windows 11, version 24H2 via an enablement package (Build 26120.xxxx). For Insiders in the Dev Channel who want to be the first to get features gradually rolled out to you, you can turn ON the toggle (shown in the image below) to get the latest updates as they are available via Settings > Windows Update. Over time, we will increase the rollouts of features to everyone with the toggle turned on. Should you keep this toggle off, new features will gradually be rolled out to your device over time once they are ready.

Turn on the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available to get new features rolled out to you.
Turn on the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available to get new features rolled out to you.

Going forward, we will document changes in Dev Channel builds in two buckets: new features, improvements, and fixes that are being gradually rolled out for Insiders who have turned on the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available and then new features, improvements, and fixes available to everyone in the Dev Channel.

Changes and Improvements gradually being rolled out to the Dev Channel with toggle on*

[General]

  • This update includes a small set of general improvements and fixes that improve the overall experience for Insiders running this build on their PCs.

[Settings]

  • We are introducing a new Game Pass recommendation card on the Settings homepage. The Game Pass recommendation card on Settings Homepage will be shown to you if you actively play games on your PC. As a reminder – the Settings homepage will be shown only on the Home and Pro editions of Windows 11 and if you’re signed into Windows with your Microsoft account.
New Game Pass recommendation card highlighted in a red box on the Settings homepage.
New Game Pass recommendation card highlighted in a red box on the Settings homepage.

Fixes for everyone in the Dev Channel

[General]

  • We believe we fixed the issue causing some Insiders to experience an install error 0x8007371B trying to install Build 26120.461 in the Dev Channel. If you continue to hit issues – please file feedback in Feedback Hub.

[Other]

  • This update affects Windows Hello for Business. IT admins can now use mobile device management (MDM) to turn off the prompt that appears when users sign in to an Entra-joined machine. To do this, they can turn on the “DisablePostLogonProvisioning” policy setting. After a user signs in, provisioning is off for Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices.
  • This update improves the Remote Desktop Session Host. You can now set up its “clipboard redirection” policy to work in a single direction from the local computer to the remote computer. You can also reverse that order.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects a network resource. You cannot access it from a Remote Desktop session. This occurs when you turn on the Remote Credential Guard feature and the client is Windows 11, version 22H2 or higher.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC). It prevents a stop error that occurs when you apply more than 32 policies.
  • This update addresses a deadlock issue in CloudAP. It occurs when different users sign in and sign out at the same time on virtual machines.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the Group Policy service. It fails after you use LGPO.exe to apply an audit policy to the system.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the Settings app. It stops responding when you use it to remove Bluetooth devices.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Notepad. It fails to print to certain Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) printers when you use a print support app.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects dsamain.exe. When the Knowledge Consistency Checker (KCC) runs evaluations, it stops responding.
  • This update addresses an issue that stops some apps and features from being available. This occurs after you upgrade to Windows 11.
  • This update affects MSIX applications. It helps their UI to localize correctly for all languages when you upgrade your OS.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the Microsoft Message Queue (MSMQ) PowerShell module. It does not load.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the existing AppLocker rule collection enforcement mode. It is not overwritten when rules merge with a collection that has no rules. This occurs when the enforcement mode is set to “Not Configured.”
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Transport Layer Security (TLS), version 1.3. It causes Azure App Services to fail. This occurs when the web server attempts to connect to a third-party Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) server.
  • This update affects the touch keyboard. It makes the Japanese 106 keyboard layout appear as expected when you sign in.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the touch keyboard and the candidate window for the Japanese and Chinese Input Method Editors (IME). They do not show after you come out of Modern Standby. To learn more, see Microsoft Japanese IME and What is Modern Standby.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects certain Neural Processing Units (NPU). They do not show in Task Manager.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects some wireless earbuds. Bluetooth connections are not stable. This occurs on devices that have firmware from April 2023 and later.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects USB audio. It fails on some processors. This occurs after you pause, play, or resume from sleep.
  • This update supports DST changes in To learn more, see Interim guidance for Kazakhstan time zone changes 2024.
  • This update supports DST changes in To learn more, see Interim guidance for Samoa DST changes 2021.
  • This update supports daylight saving time (DST) changes in Greenland. To learn more, see Greenland 2023 time zone update now available.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Secure Launch. It does not run on some processors.
  • This update addresses a reliability issue. It affects a Virtual Remote App product when you use a custom shell to open it.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Containers that you create or deploy. Their status does not progress past “ContainerCreating.”
  • This update brings Country and Operator Settings Asset (COSA) profiles up to date for some mobile operators.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the COM+ component. Some applications that depend on it stop responding.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the time service. You can configure it using mobile device management (MDM) or a Group Policy Object (GPO). But the Windows Settings app does not match what you have configured.
  • This update addresses an issue that occurs when you use LoadImage() to load a top-down bitmap. If the bitmap has a negative height, the image does not load, and the function returns NULL.
  • This update implements phase three of Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) hardening. See KB5004442. After you install this update, you cannot turn off the changes using the registry key.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects certain Neural Processing Units (NPU). They do not show in Task Manager.

source: Windows Blogs

Surface IT Toolkit: Streamlining Device Management for IT Admins

The Microsoft Surface team has unveiled the Surface IT Toolkit, which has become the go-to resource for configuring, recovering, or retiring Surface devices and Surface Docks.

  • Centralized Tool Access: The Surface IT Toolkit is a modern desktop application that compiles essential commercial tools, providing IT administrators with a single application for managing Surface devices.
  • Automatic Updates: Utilizing MSIX technology, the toolkit ensures IT admins are always using the latest versions of tools and installers, with automatic updates and downloads.
  • Enhanced Security: Features like the Data Eraser and UEFI Configurator offer advanced security options, such as NIST-compliant data removal and firmware-level component control.
  • Tool Library: A repository of the latest tools and installers, including the Surface Asset Tag Tool and Surface Diagnostic Toolkit for Business, complete with descriptions and documentation links.

The Surface IT Toolkit simplifies the deployment and management experience, making it an invaluable resource for IT professionals in charge of Surface device fleets.

Here’s en example of creating a recovery drive for a Surface Book 3

Easy selection of recovery image version & regional based language packs

Recovery drive creation progress

Ready to recovery

Boot the device from the USB drive, select recover from drive & done!

Kudo’s to the team for making this way easier!

Source & more info: Surface IT Pro Blog

Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26200 (Canary Channel)

Hi all, Last Friday Microsoft released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26200 to the Canary Channel.

(Note the .5001 after the build number does not mean anything relevant to Windows Insiders and we will continue to use the primary build number for these flight blog posts.)

With the Canary Channel moving to a higher build number, the window closes on being able to switch to the Dev Channel without doing a clean-install of Windows. If you haven’t switched channels yet, you can still do so BEFORE taking Build 26200.

Studio effects is working again on my Surface Laptop Studio 2 on this build, no more need to disable the NPU (https://aka.ms/AApno2g)

Smooth upgrades on all my Canary Channel devices

Happy Upgrading!

Changes and Improvements

[General]

  • [REMINDER] As we’ve been mentioning previously that would happen, the build watermark at the lower right-hand corner of the desktop has returned.

[Widgets]

  • We are also making some improvements to the Widgets button on the taskbar so that the icons on the taskbar are clearer and we are rolling out a larger set of animated icons too.
  • As part of the Widgets board improvements that we began rolling out with Build 26090 a few weeks ago (which are now also rolling out to Insiders in the Dev Channel), we are introducing the ability for developers to send notifications to the taskbar button with their custom dashboards for the Widgets board. Developers can check out this documentation on how to implement this capability with their Widgets dashboards. To manage notifications from multiple dashboards, Widgets is also providing more granular control over what content shows on the Widgets button on the taskbar. You can go to Widgets Settings > Notifications and enable or disable taskbar notifications from individual dashboards. NOTE: These changes are only initially available to Windows Insiders in the European Economic Area (EEA).

[Taskbar & System Tray]

  • After trying out a different design for the energy saver icon in system tray a few months ago for PCs that are plugged in and do not have batteries (such as desktop PCs), we reverted the design back to the leaf icon a few builds ago. (This change is also present in Build 26100.)
Energy saver icon shown on the system tray for PCs that do not have batteries.
Energy saver icon shown on the system tray for PCs that do not have batteries.

Fixes for known issues

[Taskbar & System Tray]

  • Fixed an issue that caused a dead zone you couldn’t click inside of next to the notification center.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing the page icons in quick settings to not work in secondary settings pages.
  • Fixed an issue where keyboard focus wasn’t shifting to the top item of the new page correctly after switching pages in quick settings.

[Input]

  • Fixed a tabtip.exe crash, which could impact the ability to input text.

[Windowing]

  • Fixed an issue which could cause RemoteApp windows to get cut off when using 200% scaling.

[Multiple Desktops]

  • Fixed an issue where the option to set a different wallpaper on each desktop wasn’t working.

Known issues

[General]

  • [IMPORTANT NOTE] We are investigating reports that some Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels are stuck on Build 26040 or Build 23620. The investigation is ongoing, however if you are impacted by this and really want to get onto the latest build in the Canary or Dev Channel today – you can download the latest ISO here and do a clean install and opt your device back into flighting in the Canary or Dev Channels.

[Copilot in Windows*]

  • [NEW] We are aware of reports by Insiders in the Canary, Dev, and Beta Channels that Copilot is auto-launching unexpectedly after restarting their PCs. We hope to have a fix for this issue soon and is unrelated to the auto-launching experience we tried out with Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels in early February which we stopped rolling out in March.
  • Voice access does not work reliably with the updated Copilot in Windows experience that introduces the ability for Copilot to act like a normal application.
  • Using Windows Ink to write in Copilot will not work with the updated Copilot in Windows experience that introduces the ability for Copilot to act like a normal application window.

source: Windows Blogs

Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26100 (Canary and Dev Channels)

Hi all, last Wednesday Microsoft released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26100 to the Canary and Dev Channels.

The Canary and Dev Channels sharing the same builds is a temporary situation. While both channels are aligned (for example, Build 26100), Insiders in the Canary Channel have the opportunity to switch to the Dev Channel. Soon, the Canary Channel will advance to higher build numbers, and the opportunity to switch will close, so it’s advisable to decide which channel you wish to follow promptly.

Great News for the Canary channel fans, soon we will jump ahead!

It appears that build 26100 could indeed be the version released later this year as 24H2.

Happy upgrades!

What’s new in Build 26100

Changes and Improvements

[General]

  • [REMINDER] The build watermark at the lower right-hand corner of the desktop is not present in this build and will return in future Insider Preview builds. This is part of our normal process preparing Windows 11, version 24H2 for releasing to customers later this year – but does not mean we’re done. Windows 11, version 24H2, will be this year’s annual feature update. As mentioned here, Windows 11 will have an annual feature update cadence that releases in the second half of the calendar year.

Fixes for known issues

[General]

  • Made another fix to address the issue causing shutdown and hibernate to not work in the latest builds.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders seeing error 0x80240067 when trying to download app updates from Microsoft Store or Windows updates in Settings in the latest builds.

[Copilot in Windows*]

[Windowing]

  • Fixed a DWM crash impacting some Insiders in the latest flights (this could result in you seeing your screen flash black).

Known issues

[General]

  • [IMPORTANT NOTE] We are investigating reports that some Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels are stuck on Build 26040 or Build 23620. The investigation is ongoing, however if you are impacted by this and really want to get onto the latest build in the Canary or Dev Channel today – you can download the latest ISO here and do a clean install and opt your device back into flighting in the Canary or Dev Channels.

[Copilot in Windows*]

  • Voice access does not work reliably with the updated Copilot in Windows experience that introduces the ability for Copilot to act like a normal application.
  • Using Windows Ink to write in Copilot will not work with the updated Copilot in Windows experience that introduces the ability for Copilot to act like a normal application window.
  • When Copilot in Windows is docked and resized to a large width, Copilot does not always fill the width of the panel. Resizing Copilot usually fixes this issue.

source: Windows Blogs

Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26090 (Canary and Dev Channels)

Hi all, last Thursday Microsoft released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26090 to the Canary and Dev Channels.

All upgrades went smooth here, including in Windows365

Studio Effects is still freezing on Surface Latop Studio 2 if the NPU is enbled (Feedback Hub https://aka.ms/AApno2g)

The insider build watermark in the bottom right corner is gone for now, this usually points to a major build

Hpaay Upgrading!

What’s new in Build 26090

Widgets board improvements

We are restarting the rollout of the Widgets board improvements that originally began rolling out with Build 26058 to Windows Insiders in the Canary Channel. Those improvements include introducing a new navigation bar on the left allowing you to switch between a dedicated widgets dashboard and other integrated dashboards like Discover. Give it a try and let us know what you think using the feedback button at the top of the board.

We’ve added a new Navigation Pane on the left that allows you to switch to My Widgets dashboard.
We’ve added a new Navigation Pane on the left that allows you to switch to My Widgets dashboard.
A full widgets only experience from your favorite apps and services.
A full widgets only experience from your favorite apps and services.

[We are beginning to roll this out to Windows Insiders in the Canary Channel today, so the experience isn’t available to all Insiders just yet.]

FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Desktop Environment > Widgets.

More Server Message Block (SMB) protocol changes

Starting with Build 26085 and higher, we are introducing the following Server Message Block (SMB) protocol changes for QUIC, signing, and encryption.

SMB over QUIC client disable: Administrators can now disable the SMB over QUIC client with Group Policy and PowerShell. To disable SMB over QUIC using PowerShell, run the following command in an elevated console:

  • Set-SmbClientConfiguration -EnableSMBQUIC $false

To disable SMB over QUIC using Group Policy, use GPMC.MSC or GPEDIT.MSC to configure the following setting:

  • Computer Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Network \ Lanman Workstation \ Enable SMB over QUIC

SMB over QUIC client connection auditing: Successful SMB over QUIC client connection events are now written to the event log to include the QUIC transport. You can view these events using EVENTVWR.MSC under the following path:

  • Applications and Services Logs \ Microsoft \ Windows\ SMBClient \ Connectivity (Event ID: 30832)

SMB signing and encryption auditing: Administrators can now enable auditing of the SMB server and client for support of SMB signing and encryption. This shows if a third-party client or server doesn’t support  SMB encryption or signing. You can configure these settings with PowerShell and Group Policy. To configure SMB client or server signing or encryption auditing using Group Policy, use GPMC.MSC or GPEDIT.MSC to configure the following settings:

  • Computer Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Network \ Lanman Workstation \ Audit server does not support encryption
  • Computer Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Network \ Lanman Workstation \ Audit server does not support signing
  • Computer Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Network \ Lanman Server \ Audit client does not support encryption
  • Computer Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Network \ Lanman Server \ Audit client does not support signing

To disable SMB over QUIC using PowerShell, run the following command in an elevated console:

  • Set-SmbClientConfiguration -AuditServerDoesNotSupportEncryption $true
  • Set-SmbClientConfiguration -AuditServerDoesNotSupportSigning $true
  • Set-SmbServerConfiguration -AuditClientDoesNotSupportEncryption $true
  • Set-SmbServerConfiguration -AuditClientDoesNotSupportSigning $true

You can view these events using EVENTVWR.MSC under the following paths:

  • Applications and Services Logs \ Microsoft \ Windows\ SMBClient \ Audit (Event ID: 31998 and Event ID: 31999)
  • Applications and Services Logs \ Microsoft \ Windows\ SMBServer \ Audit (Event ID: 3021 and Event ID: 3022)

For more information on SMB over QUIC in Windows and Windows Server Insider Preview builds, review https://aka.ms/SMBoverQUICServer and https://aka.ms/SmbOverQuicCAC.

For more information on SMB signing and encryption in Windows and Windows Server Insider Preview builds, review https://aka.ms/SmbSigningRequired and https://aka.ms/SmbClientEncrypt.

Changes and Improvements

[General]

  • The build watermark at the lower right-hand corner of the desktop is not present in this build and will return in future Insider Preview builds. This is part of our normal process for preparing Windows 11, version 24H2 for release to customers later this year – but does not mean we’re done. Windows 11, version 24H2, will be this year’s annual feature update.As mentioned here, Windows 11 will have an annual feature update cadence that releases in the second half of the calendar year.

[Copilot in Windows*]

  • You can ask Copilot in Windows (in preview) for help ten times when you sign in to Windows using a local account. After that, you must sign in using a Microsoft account (MSA) or a Microsoft Entra IDaccount (formerly Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)). To sign in, use the link in the dialog that appears in Copilot in Windows. If you do not sign in, some Copilot features might not work. To learn more, see Welcome to Copilot in Windows and Manage Copilot in Windows.

[Settings]

  • The redesigned version of the Delivery Optimization settings page under Settings > Windows Update > Advanced options > Delivery Optimization that was first introduced in Build 25987 has been reverted to the previous design starting with Build 26085. We plan to bring back this redesigned settings page in a future flight after fixing some bugs. Thanks to Insiders for all the feedback on this!

Fixes for known issues

[General]

  • Fixed an issue which was causing video stutters in some apps (and possibly impacting FPS in some games) in the previous flight.

[Taskbar & System Tray]

  • Fixed an explorer.exe crash that was impacting taskbar reliability.

[File Explorer]

  • Fixed an issue causing some Insiders to see File Explorer unexpectedly using the previous design and have no tabs in the latest builds.

[Task Manager]

  • Fixed an issue where Task Manager was holding onto process handles sometimes, leading to processes not stopping when you closed apps if you’d had Task Manager open.

[Windowing]

  • Fixed an underlying issue which was causing the bottom half of secondary monitors to be unusable sometimes in recent builds (app windows wouldn’t maximize to that area).
  • Fixed an explorer.exe crash which was happening for some Insiders recently when dragging windows.

Known issues

[General]

  • [IMPORTANT NOTE] We are investigating reports that some Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels are stuck on Build 26040 or Build 23620. The investigation is ongoing, however if you are impacted by this and really want to get onto the latest build in the Canary or Dev Channel today – you can download the latest ISO here and do a clean install and opt your device back into flighting in the Canary or Dev Channels.
  • [NEW] We’ve seen some Insiders report that shutdown is still not working on their PCs after Build 26085 and are working on a fix.

[Copilot in Windows*]

  • Voice access does not work reliably with the updated Copilot in Windows experience that introduces the ability for Copilot to act like a normal application.
  • Using Windows Ink to write in Copilot will not work with the updated Copilot in Windows experience that introduces the ability for Copilot to act like a normal application window.
  • When Copilot in Windows is docked and resized to a large width, Copilot does not always fill the width of the panel. Resizing Copilot usually fixes this issue.
  • With the updated Copilot in Windows experience that introduces the ability for Copilot to act like a normal application window, you may not be able to bring focus to the “…” or refresh buttons within Copilot when using a keyboard (ex: by using tab to cycle through buttons).

source: Windows Blogs

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3: A Brief Overview

The Surface Laptop Go 3 is part of Microsoft’s Surface lineup, known for its sleek design and versatility.
Here are the key highlights:

  • Design and Build:
    • The Laptop Go 3 features a premium aluminum chassis that feels solid in hand.
    • It’s incredibly lightweight, weighing just 2.49 pounds.
    • The 12.4-inch form factor makes it highly portable, perfect for on-the-go productivity.
    • The keyboard types great but is not back-lit
  • Display:
    • The 12.4-inch display offers a native resolution of 1536 by 1024 pixels.
    • While the resolution is relatively low, the IPS panel ensures good color accuracy and wide viewing angles.
    • Touch screen
  • Performance:
    • The Laptop Go 3 is powered by an Intel Core i5-1235U processor from the 12th Gen Intel lineup.
    • It’s a capable CPU for everyday tasks.
  • Memory and Storage:
    • The base model comes with 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD.
    • This is a significant improvement over the previous generation’s 4 GB and 128 GB.
  • Battery Life:
    • The Laptop Go 3 boasts impressive battery life, with up to 15 hours of usage on a single charge.
    • Longer battery life means less frequent charging during your workday.
  • Operating System:
    • It runs Windows 11, Microsoft’s latest operating system.
    • Windows 11 brings a fresh interface, improved productivity features, and better integration with Microsoft services.

Verdict

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 is no longer seen as just a budget-friendly choice. It offers respectable performance and power, yet its higher starting price places it closer to competitive options. It’s still a viable option for those in need of a lightweight, portable laptop for basic productivity tasks. However, for those requiring more robust performance, devices such as the Surface Laptop 5 or Surface Laptop Studio 2 may be worth considering.

Remember, the Surface Laptop Go 3 is all about striking a balance, and it does so admirably for its target audience. Whether it’s for students, professionals, or casual users, this laptop offers a sleek package with a touch of Microsoft elegance.

So, if you’re in the market for a light and affordable laptop, the Surface Laptop Go 3 could be your go-to choice!

The Surface Laptop Studio 2: A Creative Powerhouse

As a tech enthusiast, I’ve had the pleasure of working with various laptops over the years, the last month I’ve been using the Surface Laptop Studio 2, it stands out as a remarkable piece of engineering designed for creative professionals. Here’s why this device has left an impression on me.

Unmatched Convertible Design

The Surface Laptop Studio 2 boasts a unique pull-forward touch-screen design that transforms seamlessly from a traditional laptop into a digital drafting tablet. This versatility is a significant change for artists, designers, and anyone who benefits from a hands-on approach to their work.

Performance That Packs a Punch

With the latest Intel Core i7-13700H processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2000 Ada Laptop GPU, this machine doesn’t just keep up; it leads the pack. The dedicated AI chip enhances local AI tasks, making features like video-call enhancements smoother than ever.

A Screen That Dazzles

The 14.4-inch PixelSense Flow display with a 120Hz refresh rate offers a visually stunning experience. Whether you’re editing high-resolution videos or designing intricate 3D models, the clarity and fluidity of the screen are simply unparalleled.

Thoughtful Features for Professionals

Long battery life, added USB-A and microSD ports, and a cleverly located magnetic stylus holder are just a few of the thoughtful touches that make the Surface Laptop Studio 2 a joy to use. It’s clear that Microsoft has considered the needs of professionals in every aspect of this device’s design.

Surface Slim Pen 2

Using the Surface Slim Pen 2 experience is great! It attaches magnetically to the front of the device where it also charges wirelessly

Final Thoughts

While the Surface Laptop Studio 2 comes with a premium price tag, it’s justified by its performance and unique features. It’s not just a laptop, it’s a creative companion that adapts to your workflow, empowering you to achieve more than you thought possible.

For creative professionals seeking a powerful, versatile laptop that doubles as a digital drafting tablet, the Surface Laptop Studio 2 is an investment that pays dividends in productivity and creativity.