Microsoft today is releasing Windows 10 build 21292 to Insiders in the Dev Channel. Today’s release follows last week’s build 20279 which introduced some interesting new features. Today’s build some improvements to those new features, namely the news and interests section on the taskbar. It also includes general overall fixes for the OS. Here’s a look at what you can expect.
Windows 10 Build 21292
The news and interests section on the taskbar is receiving several updates including a more polished UI.
Here is a list of what has been improved on with the news and interests feature:
- We fixed multiple issues impacting performance and reliability.
- We fixed an issue where an empty flyout would be shown after opening news and interests.
- We fixed an issue where the text on the taskbar button wasn’t being read by screen readers and some tooltips were missing.
- We fixed an issue where news and interests in the taskbar was not displaying correctly when using small taskbar icons.
- We fixed an issue where the news and interests button would temporarily show no content.
- We fixed an issue where the news and interests flyout would not dismiss by tapping outside the window or again on the taskbar button.
- We fixed an issue where the content of the taskbar button would look blurry.
- We fixed an issue where news and interests would not show fresh content after toggling the background apps setting.
- We fixed an issue where the flyout would not dismiss when you hover off the right edge.
- We fixed an issue where it was not possible to navigate into the flyout using keyboard.
- We fixed an issue where the news and interests taskbar setting would be reset to show icon and text after updating to a new windows version.
Also, for the OS more broadly, here are the changes and improvements:
- Based on feedback, we’re updating Settings > System > Sounds to now display a message when microphone permissions have been turned off for the whole system or for all apps, with a link to the microphone privacy settings page.
And here is the list of fixes:
- We’re continuing to work on improving x64 emulation on ARM64 thanks to your feedback. This build fixes issues in several apps, including crashes in Zwift, Serif Affinity Photo, and Your Phone as well as blank pages in Steam.
- We fixed an issue resulting in an increase in Insiders seeing a message saying “Critical Error: Your Start menu isn’t work” in recent builds.
- We fixed an issue from the last two builds where explorer.exe / the Windows shell was hanging and or crashing, particularly after interacting with audio/video.
- We fixed an issue where NTFS was logging false positive torn write events.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Teams and certain other apps unexpectedly displaying as just “Program” (instead of the app name) in Task Manager’s Startup tab.
- We fixed an issue where it wasn’t possible to sort processes in Task Manager by Status.
- We fixed an issue that could result in not seeing notifications following WIN + Shift + S shortly after clean installing or resetting your PC.
- We fixed an issue from the previous build where when Xbox Game Bar was launched from Start or via the Windows key + G when using a text editor, the computer might appear unresponsive.
- We fixed an issue where when using Windows with scaling greater than 100% in recent builds, if you opened and closed Task View, open windows would appear unexpectedly large in the transition back to the desktop.
- We fixed an issue where typing “-“ on a number pad when using the Japanese IME wasn’t taking into consideration whether the IME was in full width or half width mode.
- We fixed an issue where Hanja word conversion with the Korean IME wasn’t working in Excel when the Korean Language pack for Office was installed.
Remember that Insider builds are meant for coders, IT admins, and Windows 10 enthusiasts who want to test new features and submit feedback to Microsoft.
These builds are not meant for inexperienced users. They are also not meant to run on your primary production machine. Insider builds contain many known stability issues that can cause your system to become unstable or even crash.
For more on this build’s full list of changes, known issues, and workarounds make sure to read Microsoft’s full blog post.