Microsoft Releases Windows 11 Insider Build 22610

Windows 11 PC with Start Menu

Microsoft has just released the Windows 11 Insider build 22610 for testers in the Dev and Beta channels. There are no big new features in this build, but IT admins will find additional MDM and group policies and there’s also a nice selection of fixes for all Insiders.

The new policies introduced in the Windows 11 build 22610 will allow IT admins to disable several features across the Start Menu, the taskbar, and the system tray. There are new policies for disabling the Quick Settings, Notification Center, and calendar flyouts, but IT admins can also use other policies to disable all taskbar settings and Start context menus.

Today’s build also introduces an updated Family Safety Widget with a new locating sharing view for keeping track of where your family members are. “There’s also a new update for people in a member role, which includes an improved view of your screen time use across apps and devices,” the Windows Insider team explained today.

The Windows 11 build 22610 also brings a couple of notable changes, including the removal of the tablet-optimized taskbar feature that made its debut in the build 22563. “We hope to bring this feature back in the future after further refinement of the experience,” the team said today.

In Task Manager, Insiders will also notice that the colors used in the heatmap of the Processes page now use their accent color. “Please note in certain cases we will use the default blue accent color to ensure readability,” the team explained.

Unfortunately, much-anticipated features such as File Explorer Tabs are still missing from today’s build. However, there’s also a long list of fixes and quality improvements for the Start Menu, Taskbar, Windows Search, Task Manager, and File Explorer. Be aware that there are also two new known issues in this build, one impacting the hidden icons flyout in the system tray, and the other one affecting Efficiency mode in Task Manager.

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  • will

    Premium Member
    29 April, 2022 - 2:09 pm

    <p>A good big fixing update. Maybe we will start to see bigger changes after Build in May</p>

  • Jordan_Meyer

    Premium Member
    29 April, 2022 - 2:25 pm

    <p>The build number in the title is transposed to 22160 vs 22610</p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      29 April, 2022 - 2:28 pm

      <p>Fixed, thanks!</p>

  • drb1979

    30 April, 2022 - 1:39 am

    <p>Seems to be faster than previous Win11 builds? UI snappier?</p>

    • ralfred

      Premium Member
      30 April, 2022 - 7:30 am

      <p>I thought that it was just me. It seems snappier </p>

  • johnlavey

    Premium Member
    30 April, 2022 - 4:34 pm

    <p>it seems faster to me. Is it my imagination?</p>

  • hrlngrv

    Premium Member
    30 April, 2022 - 5:10 pm

    <p>If group policy disables Quick Settings, how would one adjust volume? Running SNDVOL.EXE?</p>


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