Microsoft has recently released three new Windows 11 Insider builds. These builds are available for Insiders on the Canary, Dev, and Beta Channels, and although the changes are relatively minor, they are still noteworthy.
Starting with the Canary Channel, the Windows 11 build 25841 introduces modifications to the Dynamic refresh rate feature. This feature allows the screen’s refresh rate to dynamically adjust to conserve power. In this build, the feature can now be enabled through a toggle in Settings > System > Display > Advanced display.
Additionally, this build includes a small UI change. Some refresh rates now display an asterisk to warn users that their display resolution needs to be changed to one that supports the selected refresh rate. The Windows Insider team clarified that this behavior occurs due to limitations related to the cable or display capabilities and is not new. However, they wanted to ensure users were aware of it.
There are a couple of other notable changes in this build. The graph at the top of the Power & Battery page in Settings has been removed, and Microsoft has fixed an issue that caused the Settings app to crash when viewing detailed battery usage. Furthermore, the recently updated Cast flyout in Quick Settings now provides links to support resources.
Moving on to the Dev Channel, the Windows 11 build 23536 primarily focuses on bug fixes. Microsoft has addressed an issue that caused Task Manager to crash when using the “end task” option on the Details page. Additionally, they have resolved a bug that resulted in the taskbar not appearing correctly after powering on devices.
Lastly, for Beta Channel Insiders, the Windows 11 build 22631.2265 introduces the inclusion of 3D emojis, which were already available in Microsoft Teams. Support for these emojis will soon extend to select apps and browsers. Furthermore, the new Settings homepage, previously rolled out to Beta Channel testers, should now be accessible to all users.
If you are a Beta Channel Insider and are unable to see the latest build in Windows Update, rest assured that the Windows Insider team is aware of the issue and is currently investigating it.
By staying up to date with these builds and their respective changes, Windows 11 users can optimize their system performance and take advantage of new features and improvements.