Microsoft has just released new Windows 11 Insider builds for testers on the Dev and Beta channels. If there’s a specific set of changes for each channel, there are no big new features to talk about this week.
Windows Insiders on the Dev Channel get the build 25179 today. It brings the File Explorer tabs and navigation updates that rolled out to select testers with the build 25136 to all Insiders on the Dev Channel. However, the Windows Insider team said today that “We’re trying out different experiences in File Explorer to show search results,”
This build also brings various bug fixes: Microsoft has addressed an issue that was causing apps like Excel to crash when attempting to print in recent builds. Another bug that caused Widgets preferences to be reset to default has also been fixed.
The Beta channel is still split into two groups, and some changes and improvements continue to only roll out to one group. Today, Beta channel testers who will receive the build 22262.575 will get to test a new File Explorer change.
With Microsoft currently testing tabs in File Explorer, Insiders can now middle-click a folder in the navigation pane of File Explorer to open it in a new tab, just like clicking a folder in the body of File Explorer currently does. This change was previously rolled out on the Dev Channel last week.
Microsoft is also rolling out 3 specific fixes for both groups of Insiders on the Beta channel: The first fix addresses crashes affecting the Photos app, the second one fixes a memory leak issue in the App-V client, and the third one will allow testers to open URLs with more than 2084 characters.
That’s it for today’s updates for the Dev and Beta channels. You may have noticed yesterday that Microsoft quietly released the Windows 11 22H2 build 22621.382 for Insiders on the Release Preview channel. This was likely the August Patch Tuesday update for Windows 11 version 22H2, though Microsoft has yet to share the release notes for it.