Windows 11 Canary Build 25931 Introduces Additional Dev Channel Functionality

Microsoft has recently released the Windows 11 Canary build 25931 to Insiders, introducing new features that were previously rolled out on the Dev Channel. These additions include support for Emoji 15 and the availability of Voice Access on the lock screen and other areas. However, there’s more to this release.

Starting with this build, all Windows 11 Insider builds on the Canary channel will have an expiration date of September 15, 2024. Interestingly, this coincides with the expected release time frame for the next major version of Windows, which may or may not be named “Windows 12.”

In addition to these developments, Insiders who install this build will have the option to uninstall more default apps such as Photos, People, and the Remote Desktop (MSTSC) client. In File Explorer, Insiders will also see additional information in the Details pane, including image dimensions for pictures and the number of pages in a Word document, among other details.

For users with RGB devices, there is now a Dynamic Lighting setting that synchronizes the Windows accent color with the surrounding devices’ color. This option can be accessed through the Settings menu under Personalization and Dynamic Lighting.

IT administrators should take note that this build also defaults to blocking NetBIOS\WINS\mailslot-based methods for discovering Active Directory domain controllers. This change aligns with the deprecation of Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) and Remote Mailslots technologies. However, this default behavior can be reversed by implementing a new Group Policy.

These are the key changes introduced in the Windows 11 Canary build 25931. If you wish to perform a fresh installation of this build, you can download the ISOs from Microsoft’s website.

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