Microsoft Issues New Windows Insider Preview Build to Dev and Beta

Posted on May 5, 2022 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 11 with 3 Comments

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22616 is heading out to the Dev and Beta channels, but there’s more interesting news: the window that currently allows those in the Dev channel to switch over to the less aggressive Beta channel is about to close, Microsoft says.

Build 22616 arrives with just a few changes and fixes—including a step back from the infamous new Show hidden icons behavior—but some are notable. For example, Windows 11 Pro clean installs will now require a Microsoft account as previously foreshadowed. And there is an early preview of a coming Controller bar for the Xbox Game Bar to test.

Even more notable, the window is soon closing for those who wish to switch from Dev to Beta. And based on the warning, it’s possible that the next Dev build will be different from that of Beta, closing the window. Hey, at least this time they warned us. #neverforget

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3 responses to “Microsoft Issues New Windows Insider Preview Build to Dev and Beta”

  1. Rik

    > Even more notable, the window is soon closing for those who wish to switch from Dev to Beta. And based on the warning, it’s possible that the next Dev build will be different from that of Beta, closing the window. Hey, at least this time they warned us. #neverforget


    What is this referencing? When did they ever do this without notice? Last year they notified users more then a month ahead of time (22 July until 2 September) and send out a mail each week. Did this ever happen during the Windows 10 days?

  2. jamJAR

    Nice to see the level of sillyness continue with microsoft. Always a joy having to log in with a microsoft account so I can wipe the computer and install the Education edition. 🙄

  3. navarac

    Microsoft in it's entitled US parochial vision, assumes that the whole world is permanently connected to the Internet in order to connect to a MSFT account. I don't think so.

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