The Windows 11 Insider Preview Beta channel showcases Windows 11 version 23H2, making each build noteworthy at this stage. Today, Microsoft released build 2631.2271, bringing us closer to the final release.
This release includes updates to the Microsoft Store, featuring a new Game Pass page that allows users to explore and subscribe to PC Game Pass or Game Pass Ultimate. According to Microsoft, the new experience provides information on Game Pass benefits, such as exclusive games, deals, free perks, EA Play, and more. Additionally, it enhances the discovery and accessibility of Day One games, new games on Game Pass, Bethesda games, and more.
Apart from these updates, there aren’t many new features. However, the Windows Ink improvements introduced in Build 22631.2050 in late July have been temporarily disabled to address usability bugs. These improvements allowed users to utilize Windows Ink for handwriting anywhere they can type with a keyboard. It is expected that they will be reinstated before the finalization of Windows 11 version 23H2.
Microsoft primarily focused on bug fixes in this release. A significant number of fixes, specifically 7, were dedicated to resolving File Explorer issues. File Explorer has been identified as the most problematic component of 23H2. Users experiencing reliability issues with File Explorer are encouraged to install this build as soon as possible, hoping that it addresses the performance and reliability concerns.
Furthermore, Microsoft addressed bugs in Windows Copilot, Settings, Dev Drive, Task Manager, and other Windows components. These fixes were minor and did not involve any significant changes.
Overall, build 2631.2271 brings a few updates to the Microsoft Store and focuses mainly on resolving bugs, particularly those affecting File Explorer. Users can expect improved performance and reliability with this release.