Microsoft has recently unveiled Windows 11 Insider build 22635.2486 for Beta Channel testers. This marks the third release on this channel since Microsoft made the decision to stop offering different builds with varying feature sets.
Moving forward, Microsoft’s approach for the Beta Channel involves rolling out new features gradually while providing the same build to all Insiders. Initially, these latest updates will be made available to testers who have enabled the “Get the latest updates as they are available toggle” in Windows Update. However, in certain cases, some new features will be accessible to all Beta Channel users.
In the latest build 22635.2486, there are three specific changes that will be gradually implemented for Beta Channel testers. Firstly, Windows 11 system components in the ‘All apps’ view of the Start Menu will now display a distinct “system” label. This label will appear beneath apps such as Settings, the Microsoft Store, Xbox Game Bar, and more.
Speaking of the Xbox Game Bar, there is an ongoing Microsoft Store app update that will modify its name to simply “Game Bar.” This updated name will be reflected in both the Start Menu and the Settings app.
Furthermore, build 22635.2486 disables the enhanced screen casting experience introduced in the previous build 22631.2129. The Windows Insider team has identified some bugs related to this feature and plans to re-enable it once the necessary fixes have been implemented.
Lastly, Microsoft has addressed two specific bug fixes. The first involves resolving an issue that caused the Start Menu to crash on launch for PCs with the display language set to Czech or Slovak. Additionally, they fixed a bug that caused the search icon in the taskbar to disappear when opting for the “search icon and label” style. Both of these bug fixes are applicable to all Insiders on the Beta Channel.
In addition to the Beta Channel release, Microsoft has also launched new Windows 11 preview builds for Insiders on the Canary and Dev Channel. The Canary build 25977 introduces support for Bluetooth LE Audio hearing aids, while the Dev build 23570 now allows users to access Windows Copilot across multiple monitors.