This should not surprise anyone. Microsoft has already warned that the news present in the Dev and Beta channels of Windows Insider are not linked to any specific release and could come out the same way they come in.
In this case, and just as they did weeks ago with the new taskbar for touch devices, Microsoft has preferred to remove these two features from the initial release of Windows 11 22H2 until they are fully polished. Something similar will happen with the tabs in File Explorer. We can expect those features to arrive in post-launch cumulative updates.
Reminder: the window to switch from Dev Channel to Beta will close soon
Dev and Beta continue to receive the same builds but this won’t be the case for long. Dev will be making the jump to the next branch soon, so anyone who wants to stay on Windows 11 22H2 and not experience the instability coming to Dev soon should move to Beta as soon as possible by following these steps:
- Settings > Windows Update > Windows Insider Program
- Select “Beta” under the “Choose your Insider settings” section.
Changes and improvements in Build 22616
- [Recordatorio] The watermark in the lower right corner of the desktop is no longer present in this version. It will return to Insiders in a future build.
- As a result of feedback from Windows Insiders, Microsoft has decided to disable the system tray changes introduced in Build 22581 for now. The system tray, and specifically the “Show hidden icons” dropdown menu, will now work the same way as it did in the original version of Windows 11, including the ability to rearrange the icons in the dropdown menu. Will return in the future when the experience is refined.
- Previously, Microsoft shared new internet and MSA requirements in Windows 11 Pro edition. Today, Windows Insiders on Windows 11 Pro edition will now require MSA and internet connectivity during initial device setup (OOBE) only when configured for use staff. If you choose to set the device for Work or School, there is no change, and it will work the same as before.
- We fixed an issue where the performance and reliability of explorer.exe could degrade over time, eventually leading to a bugcheck, in the latest Insider Preview builds.
- Fixed issue where the “Show hidden icons” option in the system tray would disappear completely for some Insiders, even though it was shown as “on” in Settings > Personalization > Taskbar and “Other system tray icons” .
- Fixed an issue that caused some apps to crash when pressing the half-width/full-width key while using the Japanese IME.
- Fixed an issue where attempting to open the Widget Dashboard using a gesture from the side of the screen would cause the Widget Dashboard to open and immediately close.
- Fixed an issue where users were unable to use the swipe feature to reliably invoke widgets.
- Fixed an issue that could cause Quick Settings to crash when projecting to certain wireless devices.
- Fixed an issue where using the 3-finger touch gesture on screen to minimize could cause animations to stop working system-wide.
- Fixed an issue affecting DWM reliability on recent flights.
- Fixed an issue that caused some apps, such as Settings, to open blank if reopened after an update or restart.
- Fixed an issue that caused the list of processes to fluctuate between the Applications and Background groups when Efficiency mode was clicked from the command bar.
- Fixed an underlying issue that could cause some text in the Windows Sandbox to appear as black boxes in certain cases.
- Fixed an issue causing Windows Update notifications to show that they were sent from “Windows.SystemToast.WindowsUpdate.MoNotification” instead of “Windows Update”.
- Some full-screen applications (for example, video players) prevent live subtitles from being visible.
- Some apps near the top of the screen and closed before live subtitles launch will be relaunched behind the live subtitles window at the top. Use the system menu (ALT + Spacebar) while the application has focus to move the application window lower.