Microsoft Releases New Build of Windows 11 to the Dev Channel

Posted on August 6, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 11 with 7 Comments

Windows Insiders in the Dev channel have a new build of Windows 11 to test. It adds several small changes, but not the one major feature we’re all waiting for (Android app compatibility). Instead, we continue to get a steady drip of tiny changes.

The new build is 22000.120. This is the fifth official build of Windows 11 that we’ve received since the public launch in late June. None of the changes is particularly important and most can be correctly described as basic fit and finish work. For example:

Microsoft Store improvements. The Spotlight area at the top of the Home view will now scroll automatically through all of the promoted content. The product detail page for games has been updated to display more images and information. And the Rating and review dialog has been updated.

File Explorer improvements. The File Explorer context (“right-click”) menu has been updated to be more compact for “mouse users” (e.g. the entire planet, or those not using Windows 11 in its new touch experience). Also, the New button in the File Explorer command bar now displays as a single, non-nested dropdown menu instead of a nested list.

Chat notification badges. The Chat (with Microsoft Teams) button on the default taskbar layout will now display notification badges. Well, at least for some people: In another disappointing example of A/B testing, “not everyone will see it right away at first” for some reason.

There are also numerous fixes, which isn’t surprising, though the sheer number of fixes this late in the game—Microsoft will “finalize” Windows 11 this month—is alarming. But these, too, can often be described as fit and finish work. My favorite change: When you configure the Calendar flyout to be expanded or collapsed, Windows 11 will actually remember the setting; it didn’t before.

The list of known issues is likewise alarming. There’s still a lot to fix.

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Comments (7)

7 responses to “Microsoft Releases New Build of Windows 11 to the Dev Channel”

  1. stephencwll

    I've still got the grey screen bug for widgets. Quite a Big hug as I've been unable to see any widget ?‍♀️

  2. jimchamplin

    Screw this A/B crap. What’s the point?

    ”Users are giving us some feedback about the feature.”

    ”What about those in the B group?”

    ”They’re completely silent on the topic.”

    ”That’s very helpful.”

    • jgraebner

      They likely are far more interested in telemetry than they are in directly provided feedback. An A/B test like this provides directly comparable data about whether or not the change increases engagement.

  3. johnlavey

    For possibly the first time as a Windows Insider goon, I could not install the latest edition (Dev August 5) without getting error messages. I couldn’t figure out what to do so I used the ‘reset’ method in Windows 11. It took some time, but I have to say I was impressed with how well Windows was able to fix itself. It was a lot quicker and thorough than the same method using Windows 10.

  4. bart

    Even though Windows 11 will be finished by the end of the month, the actual roll out will be very slow. Majority not seeing Windows 11 until next year. Which buys Microsoft time for more fixes I guess.

  5. JerryH

    According to the blog, this was not just the Dev channel, but also the Beta channel which keeps open the window for switching from Dev to Beta without a rebuild.

  6. simonvfr

    This is definitely for both Dev and Beta channels. I'm in Beta, and installed it on Thursday 5 August as "Cumulative Update for Windows 11 (10.0.22000.120) (KB5005188)"