Windows 365 Transition Expands to Windows Insider Dev and Beta Channels

Microsoft has recently released new Insider builds for Windows 11, targeting testers in the Dev and Beta channels. One notable feature in these builds is the Windows 365 Switch, which allows users to effortlessly switch between their local desktop and a Windows 365 Cloud PC. Additionally, a new build has been made available for the Release Preview channel, incorporating app default changes that have previously been tested on other Insider channels.

For the Dev Channel, build 23521 brings back the Windows Copilot preview for users logged in with an Azure AD account. Furthermore, Microsoft is introducing new privacy settings for Windows users in the EU. Here are the key changes in this build:

1. Windows 365 Switch: Windows Insiders now have the capability to seamlessly switch between their local desktop and a Windows 365 Cloud PC through Task View.
2. Windows Copilot on managed PCs: Insiders logged in with an Azure AD account can once again access Windows Copilot.
3. Taskbar never combined mode settings: The settings app now provides more detailed options for enabling never combined mode on the taskbar. There is now a separate setting for enabling this mode in scenarios involving multiple monitors.
4. Dynamic Lighting improvements: Insiders now have the ability to synchronize devices with RGB lights to match the current Windows accent color.
5. Redesigned Task Manager settings: The Task Manager settings page now adheres to the design guidelines of Windows 11.
6. Windows Search changes: EU Insiders now have the option to display search results from Microsoft Store apps with a web search component in the Windows Search interface.
7. New EU privacy settings: Insiders will now be prompted to give consent when certain Windows 11 features require data sharing between the operating system and other Microsoft services. This will be necessary for features such as file recommendations in the Start Menu.
8. Pin widgets board open: A new pin icon has been added at the top of the widgets board, allowing users to keep it open at all times.
9. Snipping tool changes: The app now provides new shortcuts for editing screenshots in Paint and screen recordings in Clipchamp.

In the Beta Channel, build 22631.2191 introduces the following notable changes:

1. Windows 365 Switch: Please refer to the information provided above.
2. HDR background support: Insiders can now use .jxr files as their desktop wallpaper and have them rendered in HDR.
3. New Narrator natural voices: The Narrator accessibility feature now offers new natural voices in French, Portuguese, English (India), German, and Korean.
4. File Explorer changes: The context menu in File Explorer now includes a “Share” option. The Details pane also provides additional information, such as image dimensions for pictures and the number of pages for Word documents.

As for the Release Preview Channel, build 22621.2213 encompasses the following main changes that will eventually be included in the next month’s Patch Tuesday update for Windows 11 version 22H2:

1. Changes for app defaults: Apps can now use a deep link URI to directly navigate users to the corresponding location in Settings in order to change their default app.
2. New search flyout box: When hovering over the search box in the taskbar, users will now see a new flyout box. This experience can be disabled in taskbar settings.
3. New policy for optional updates: IT admins can leverage a new policy to enable optional updates and controlled feature rollouts on commercial devices.

These are the significant changes being introduced in the Dev, Beta, and Release Preview channels today. Canary Channel testers also received a new build recently, which introduced a new notifications icon in the system tray and new color filter options.

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