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Here are the known issues in Windows 11 build 22000.120
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft today released Windows 11 build 22000.120 to the Dev and Beta channels, bringing improvements to the UI such as a compact context menu for the File Explorer, a new Family widget, and more. Along with these are a long list of bug fixes, which is to be expected at this stage of the development.
This is the second build to be rolled out to the Beta channel, letting users enrolled in that channel test out the same Windows 11 builds that are heading to the Dev channel. This might indicate that the OS is nearing relative stability, with further builds like to be focused on bug fixes, readying it for general availability. Eventually, the Dev channel will move to newer development builds that are aimed at release next year.
In addition to the long list of fixes and improvements, there are also a bunch of known issues that users must be aware of. Some issues are specific to the Beta channel, where those upgrading from Windows 10 might not see the Taskbar or Start menu. The firm has listed a workaround for the issue.
Here is the complete list of known issues in this build:
Microsoft is expected to begin rolling out Windows 11 to select users later this year. There however are still uncertainties about the exact hardware requirements needed for devices to qualify for the updates, which will hopefully be finalized leading to general availability. As for the OS itself, the underlying bits are mostly complete, which is why these releases are cumulative updates and not entirely new builds.
By Abhay V
Windows 11 build 22000.120 out for the Dev and Beta channels, adds a new Family widget
by Abhay Venkatesh
It’s a new week, which means it’s time for a new Windows 11 build. Today, the firm is releasing build 22000.120 to both the Dev and Beta channels. The first Windows 11 build for the Beta channel was released last week. While the Dev channel is usually not tied to a specific release, both the Dev and Beta channels are currently running the same builds, with Dev users expected to soon begin receiving development bits of Windows 11 slated for the next major versions scheduled for the next year.
Beta channel builds, however, will eventually be promoted to the Release Preview channel, before they finally make it to general availability, which hints suggest will be sometime in October this year. This is also the best time to hop off the Dev channel to more stable releases in the Beta channel if you wish to, without having to perform a clean install. You can check out the steps to follow to switch builds in our quick guide here.
As for what’s new, there isn’t much in the way of major features since the builds are still being prepped for release, and the underlying bits of the OS are almost complete. There are a bunch of improvements based on user feedback, along with the usual crop of bug fixes, which is to be expected in this stage of the development. What is still missing is the ability to run Android apps, which the firm promised will arrive in future builds.
Build 22000.120 brings a new Family widget that shows information about users' family groups connected to their Microsoft accounts. The firm is also adding the ability to notification badges for the chat icon on the taskbar, something that will not be available to many users. Additionally, File Explorer context menus are also being tweaked to make them compact, which is suited for use with a mouse pointer. There are also some UI tweaks for the taskbar.
Here is the full list of the changes:
In addition to these, the firm is also rolling out an update to the Microsoft Store for Dev channel users with a bunch of improvements. These include a new auto-scrolling feature for the spotlight apps on the main page, a refreshed design for the gaming section, and improvements to the ratings and review form. These changes are expected to make it to Beta channel users if there are "no blocking issues", the company adds.
As usual, there is a list of bug fixes and other improvements that the firm has detailed. With these builds heading towards general release, there are a ton of fixes, which is always a good thing. These are welcome for those running Beta builds as well, as a level of stability is expected from those users, unlike those in the Dev channel. Here is the complete changelog for what's fixed:
The update should be available for users running Beta and Dev channel builds from Windows Update. However, if you have been moved from the Beta channel to Release Preview owing to the lack of supported hardware, you will not be receiving this update, since those users are testing Windows 10 version 21H2.
As for developers, the company announced the release of the first Windows 11 SDK preview build, so developers can begin submitting apps for Windows 11. The company also says that it will continue releasing SDK preview builds along with Dev channel builds.
Asus begins rolling out Windows 11-compatible firmware
by Sayan Sen
Microsoft's Windows 11 seems nearly upon us with the company itself hinting towards a launch very soon. Naturally, all hardware vendors including motherboard-makers are gearing up for it and releasing compatible firmware and other related software that adds support for the next-gen OS.
Asus is one such vendor and the company had earlier released a list of compatible chipsets (image below), including both AMD and Intel ones, that would be receiving Windows 11 support due to the availability of compatible Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 module on such chipsets.
As it stands, Asus appears to have kept its word and from August 3 onwards, the company has started rolling out the compatible firmware versions for all the chipsets listed above. Plus, there are a lot of new chipsets added to the list of Windows 11-compatible motherboards too. Asus says that the new BIOS will automatically enable TPM on AMD systems or Platform Trust Technology (PTT) in case of Intel ones.
Not all motherboard models, however, have got the necessary update currently with plenty of such models still undergoing testing and final validation. For those that have, the changelog on the update reads:
In order to check if your model has received a new Windows 11-compatible BIOS, head over to this page on Asus' official site, where a list of motherboard models alongside their corresponding Windows 11-ready firmware has been provided for download. Here, you either go through the list one by one or simply press "Ctrl + F" and input your motherboard model to quickly find it. If you have an AMD system, make sure you choose the "AMD Platform" tab.
If you're unsure what your motherboard model is, you can try running "msinfo32" or "System Information" to find that. Third-party tools like CPU-Z, or Piriform's Speccy, among others, can also be used to look it up.
By Usama Jawad96
Here are some details you might not know about Windows 365
by Usama Jawad
Microsoft finally announced the general availability of Windows 365 just a couple of days ago to much fanfare. It also allowed users to enroll in free trials for the service and in fact, the option became so much popular that the company recently announced that it is temporarily halting trials due to capacity constraints.
While most of us following this space know about the major details of Windows 365. In a nutshell, it allows organizations to stream from Windows hosted on the Microsoft Cloud. This is a full Windows experience for each employee with personalized settings, apps, and data. You do not need any special hardware to run it, and just have to choose from the multiple pricing tiers ranging from $20 all the way up to $162 - which nets you a Cloud PC with 8 vCPUs, 32GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage.
However, there are some other details about the service that are worth knowing as well. Microsoft has listed all of them in a very lengthy FAQ here, but we have highlighted some of the major ones here for brevity.
While this may be obvious to some, it is important to note that a Cloud PC cannot be shared between multiple users. Windows 365 only allows one user per license. And although it is possible to upgrade your configuration to resize RAM, vCPUs, and storage based on your needs, it is impossible to downgrade currently. In the same vein, Business licenses cannot be converted to Enterprise. As such, if you end up canceling your Windows 365 subscription, you should keep in mind that Microsoft will temporarily retain your data according to Microsoft 365 data retention standards before eventually deleting it. You may also be entitled to a partial refund depending upon when you cancel your subscription.
A perk that Microsoft is offering to organizations is Windows Hybrid Benefit, which allows them to save up to 16% on subscriptions with a Business license. Simply stated, if you are the primary user on a Windows 10 Pro machine running Windows 365 business, you are eligible for this benefit. To ensure that your discounted pricing is active, you are still required to sign in to the Windows 365 service at least once during the period of your subscription.
Microsoft has noted that network usage costs may apply if you use Windows 365. For Enterprise users, all network traffic is routed through the Azure virtual network so the associated cost for that will be applicable. Similarly, the following outbound limits will apply to Business users:
The company has emphasized that Windows 365 is geared towards individual productivity rather than use-cases such as website hosting and content streaming. The Redmond tech giant has cautioned that it may limit your bandwidth usage if you proceed beyond these limits to ensure high quality of services for other subscribers as well.
One of the main selling points of Windows 365 is that it can run on any device with an internet connection and an HTML5 browser, but Microsoft recommends mouse- and keyboard-based input. We already discussed in detail about how Microsoft has extended its App Assure program to cover Windows 365. Through it, the company works directly with you and third-party app vendors if you face app compatibility issues on the service. It comes at no additional cost if you're eligible for Microsoft's FastTrack program.
Finally, Windows 365 is available globally, except in China. Your network performance and overall experience on the service is governed highly by your proximity to an Azure region since the OS is being streamed from the cloud.
Microsoft itself hints at possible October Windows 11 launch
by Sayan Sen
The release notes of Intel's graphics driver version 184.108.40.20684, which launched back in July, contained a crucial bit of information that hinted at the possible Windows 11 launch date. According to the notes, it was looking like Microsoft was planning for an October release for the brand new OS. And today, we have even more evidence suggesting that the finding could indeed be true as even Microsoft's own Windows Hardware Compatibility Program (WHCP) blog post hints towards that.
Spotted by Windows Latest, Microsoft posted this article back in June titled "Now accepting Windows 11, version 21H2 submissions". Basically, it appears that the Redmont Giant has requested all of its partners to submit drivers compatible with Windows 11 21H2 update by "September 24, 2021". Here's what the full statement reads:
So as it stands, the September 24, 2021 date essentially appears to be the deadline for the final submission of Windows 11 compatible drivers for Microsoft's partners. This means Windows 11 could indeed release in October or somewhere around that window.
When inquired, Microsoft also clarified in the comments that this Windows Hardware Certification submission request was indeed for Windows 11 21H1 and not related to Windows 10 21H1.
Source: Microsoft via Windows Latest