Microsoft is bringing Microsoft account (MSA) configuration settings to Windows 11, and Windows Insiders in the Dev channel can now test the first iteration of this functionality.
Well, some of them can. You know how this goes.
“We are releasing Windows 11 Insider Preview build 22489 to the Dev channel,” the Microsoft announcement notes. “We are beginning to slowly rollout [sic] a new ‘Your Microsoft account’ settings page that will give you quick access to information related to your Microsoft account directly within Settings in Windows 11. We are beginning the rollout with a small set of Windows Insiders so you may not see this page right away.”
This new Settings page will allow customers to configure certain aspects of their Microsoft account without having to visit the web, as has been the case so far. It will include information related to your Microsoft 365 subscriptions, order history, payment details, and Microsoft Rewards. And, yes, Microsoft plans to use feedback to improve this interface before its release, a nice change of pace from the first four months of Windows 11 testing.
Interestingly, Microsoft is also muddying the waters by sort of explaining that updates to “Your Microsoft account” can occur outside of major Windows 11 releases because this functionality will be delivered via something called an Online Service Experience Pack.
“Online Service Experience Packs work in a similar way as the Windows Feature Experience Packs do, allowing us to make updates to Windows outside of major OS updates,” Microsoft notes, though it’s worth pointing out that the firm has never fully explained Windows Feature Experience Packs. “The difference between the two is that the Windows Feature Experience Packs can deliver broad improvements across multiple areas of Windows, whereas the Online Service Experience Packs are focused on delivering improvements for a specific experience such as the new Your Microsoft account settings page.”
Why a Windows Feature Experience Pack couldn’t just deliver a single improvement is unclear because we don’t know what a … You know what, never mind.
Windows 11 build 22489 also includes a new Discovery of Designated Resolvers feature for DNS over HTTPS and a new developer SDK for NuGet packages.