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Microsoft releases Windows 11 Build 22504 with some new personalization features, improvements, and a bunch of bug fixes. As this is a preview build from the rs_prerelease branch, Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel can upgrade to this build to test the latest features and changes.


In the latest build, Microsoft added 13 themes for the touch keyboard to the other input experiences, the ability to personalize emojis based on the face and skin tones of family members, and a new design of the Your Phone app on Windows 11.


Windows 11 Build 22504 adds new personalization features


The latest update comes as "Windows 11 Insider Preview 22504 (rs_prerelease)", and is now rolling out to the Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. If you are not a Windows Insider yet, can register yourself as a Dev Channel insider to get this build.


What's new and improved in Windows 11 Build 22504

Starting with Windows 11 Build 22504, you can now apply pre-installed touch keyboard themes to other input experiences, such as IMEs, emoji panels, and voice typing popup. There are 13 themes currently available for that.


As this feature is now part of the theme engine, you can now create a fully customized theme including background images. You can find all this under the new “Text Input” section under Settings > Personalization.



This isn’t available to all Insiders just yet as we plan to monitor feedback and see how it lands before pushing it out to everyone, says Microsoft.


With the release of Windows 11 Build 22504, Microsoft also added the ability for personalized combinations of emoji based on the face and skin tones of family members, couples with hearts, kissing, and people holding hands.

Windows 11 Build 22504 adds new personalization features


Apart from these new features, Microsoft also added some new improvements to Windows 11 Build 22504. Here is the list of these improvements:

  • You can now use the WIN + Alt + K keyboard shortcut to toggle the new mute icon in the Taskbar when it’s showing.
  • Based on feedback, we’re making emoji search in Portuguese and Polish a little more flexible with keywords containing diacritics.
  • Introducing .NET Framework 4.8.1 our latest .NET Framework that will bring native ARM64 support for the .NET Framework runtime.
  • As Settings > System > Sound in Windows 11 shows a warning when microphone access has been restricted in your privacy settings, we’re removing the notification to alert you about this.
  • Added support for the cancellation of daylight savings time for the Republic of Fiji for 2021.
  • We’re making a change so that going forward on new installs the touch indicator option will now be turned off by default under Settings > Accessibility > Mouse pointer and touch. As part of this change, we’ve added a link to this Settings page from Settings > Bluetooth & Devices > Touch and made it so that the press and hold visual is now always displayed regardless of the setting state.
  • Apps will now launch maximized by default when in the tablet posture on small devices (11-inch screens diagonal and under).


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