Windows 11 Beta Build 22623.730 (KB5017385) comes with Tablet-optimized taskbar

Windows 11 Insider Preview

Today, the Redmond company has released an update with new builds 22621.730 and 22623.730 (KB5017385). The company writes on its blog post:

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22621.601 and Build 22623.730 (KB5017385) to the Beta Channel.

  • Build 22623.730 = New features rolling out.
  • Build 22621.730 = New features off by default.

You may notice that the 22622 build has been changed to 22623. Microsoft elaborated on the change, below:

Insiders who were previously on Build 22622 will automatically get moved to Build 22623 via an enablement package. The enablement package artificially increments the build number for the update with new features getting rolled out and turned on to make it easier to differentiate from devices with the update with features off by default. This approach is being used for the Beta Channel only and is not indicative of any changes or plans for final feature rollouts.

and without further ado, here's What’s new in Build 22623.730

Tablet-optimized taskbar
We’re re-introducing the touch-optimized taskbar that’s designed to make you feel more confident and comfortable using your device as a tablet. Your taskbar will automatically transition to this optimized version when you disconnect or fold back the keyboard on your 2-in-1 device. This feature only works on devices that can be used as tablets. It does not work on laptops or desktop PCs.

As a reminder, there are two states of this taskbar: collapsed and expanded. In the collapsed state, the taskbar gets out your way, gives you more screen space, and prevents you from accidentally invoking the taskbar when you’re holding your tablet. In the expanded state, the taskbar is optimized to be easier to use with touch. You can easily switch between the two states by swiping up and down on the bottom of your device.

tablet optimized taskbar

If this feature is available, you will see a new setting at Settings > Personalization > Taskbar > Taskbar behaviors called “Optimize taskbar for touch interactions when this device is used as a tablet” that will be set to on by default.

System Tray Updates
This update introduces updates to the System Tray that affect all device types — not just 2-in-1 devices. With this change, users will see a rounded focus and hover treatment on all icons in the lower right due to the continued modernization of this experience.

You may also notice that it is not possible to drag and drop or rearrange your system tray icons with this change. We heard your feedback on this change earlier this year and are working to address this in a future Insider Preview build.

Microsoft notes that these features are still rolling out, so even if you are on the features-enabled 22623.730 build, you might not see them right away. The company says that it plans to monitor feedback and see how both features land before pushing them out to everyone. Microsoft requests that Insiders file feedback in the Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Desktop Environment > Taskbar and Desktop Environment > System Tray respectively.

Changes and Improvements in Build 22623.730

[File Explorer]

  • Home now searches more recently opened Microsoft 365 cloud files for users who are signed with their Microsoft account or have their Microsoft account connected to the profile via Settings. Home search now shows recent file activity for cloud files when in details view. Microsoft 365 cloud files can now be searched using additional file properties such as file location, extension, and activity.
  • File Explorer search will now show results as you type. The full search results page will update live without needing to press enter.

Here are the fixes in Build 22623.730

[System Tray Updates]
NOTE: These fixes will only show if tablet-optimized taskbar with System Tray updates is enabled on your device. Please see above for details on the tablet-optimized taskbar and System Tray updates, which is beginning to roll out to Windows Insiders and not yet available for everyone.

  • The taskbar should no longer flash because of changes in the system tray in non-tablet-optimized scenarios.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing parts of the taskbar or its icons like search to get stuck in the wrong theme’s colors when switching between light and dark themes.
  • Date and time should no longer get stuck cutting off on the side of the screen from system tray changes.

[Start menu]

  • Fixed an issue which was causing Start menu crashes for some Insiders.
  • Fixed an issue where the Start menu recommended section might unexpectedly show one column instead of two.
  • If you change the app associated with a particular file type, the icon for any of those file type displayed should now update in the recommended section.

Here are the bug fixes for both Build 22621.730 and Build 22623.730:

  • We fixed an issue that affects some processors. This issue occurs when you turn on Hyper-V and kernel Direct Memory Access (DMA) protections.
  • We fixed an issue that affects the Microsoft Japanese input method editor (IME). Text reconversion fails when you use some third-party virtual desktops.
  • We fixed an issue that might cause an application to stop responding. This might occur when the input queue overflows.
  • We fixed an issue that stops you from signing in to various Microsoft Office 365 apps. This affects Outlook, Word, Teams, and so on.
  • We fixed an issue that affects graphics drivers that use d3d9on12.dll.
  • We fixed issues that cause updates to the Microsoft Store to fail.
  • We fixed an issue that affects the LanmanWorkstation service. It leaks memory when you mount a network drive.
  • We fixed an issue that affects the Miracast UI. Sometimes it closes too soon when you cast to devices that use the DeviceObjectType:Aep.
  • We fixed an issue that affects Task Manager. It stops working when you switch between light and dark mode or change the accent color.
  • We fixed an issue that affects the font of three Chinese characters. When you format these characters as bold, the width size is wrong.
  • We fixed an issue that affects input method editors (IME) from Microsoft and third parties. They stop working when you close the IME window. This occurs if the IME uses Windows Text Services Framework (TSF) 1.0.
  • We fixed an issue that affects Microsoft Edge IE mode. It stops you from opening webpages. This occurs when you enable Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG) and you do not configure Network Isolation policies.
  • We fixed an issue that affects Microsoft Edge when it is in IE Mode. The titles of pop-up windows and tabs are wrong.
  • We fixed an issue that stops the credential UI from displaying in IE mode.
  • We fixed an issue that affects certificate mapping. When it fails, lsass.exe might stop working in schannel.dll.

And finally, here are the known issues:

[General]

  • We’re looking into reports that audio stopped working for some Insiders in recent Beta Channel builds.

[Tablet-optimized taskbar]

  • The taskbar sometimes flashes when transitioning between desktop posture and tablet posture.
  • The taskbar takes longer than expected to transition to the touch-optimized version when switching between desktop posture and tablet posture.
  • Using the left or right edge gestures can result in the Widgets or Notification Center (respectively) to overlap with or look truncated by the taskbar.
  • When using the bottom right edge gesture to see Quick Settings, the taskbar sometimes stays stuck in the expanded state, instead of dismissing to collapsed state.
  • When there are no running windows on the desktop, the taskbar can sometimes collapse, when it should be expanded.
build 22623730 screenshot

You can find the official blog post here.

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