Microsoft has initiated testing for a new “undocked” mode for Copilot in Windows, along with other new features on the Windows Insider Canary and Dev channels. Copilot currently functions as an Edge window pinned to the right side of the desktop, but users needing more flexibility will now have it.
The Windows 11 Canary build 26010 and the Dev build 23601 introduce the ability to “undock” Copilot by clicking on a new icon at the top right corner of the header. Once undocked, the Copilot window can appear above or below other apps, and its window can be resized.
Additionally, these builds bring new widget board settings, offering the option to choose a different Microsoft account for widgets and feeds powered by Microsoft Start. This new settings experience is currently rolling out to a subset of Insiders.
The Windows 11 Dev build 23601 also introduces improvements for Windows 365 Boot and Windows 365 Switch. The new Personal mode for Windows 365 Boot allows users to log in to their Windows 365 Cloud PC from the Windows 11 login screen using Windows Hello for Business or other passwordless authentication methods.
Windows 365 Switch, which provides access to Cloud PCs from Task View, is also receiving an improved disconnect experience. Dev Channel testers can now disconnect from their Cloud PC by right-clicking on the Cloud PC button and selecting ‘Disconnect.’
For those on the Dev Channel, the Windows share window has added a WhatsApp shortcut. If the app isn’t already installed on your PC, you can launch the installation directly from the Windows share window. According to the Windows Insider team, they plan to experiment with this experience with other apps over time.
Lastly, Insiders on the Canary and Dev Channels are receiving updates for the Notepad app and the Microsoft Store. The Notepad update includes a character counter for selected text and a new ‘Edit with Notepad’ option in the context menu in File Explorer. The update for the Microsoft Store app adds the ability to install apps as you browse.