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Microsoft has announced the release of Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23516, introducing a slew of improvements to the Dev Channel. This build is part of the August 2023 Bug Bash, an event that runs from August 2nd to August 7th, aiming to optimize the current features in the preview builds across Canary, Dev, and Beta Channels.


What's new and improved in Windows 11 Build 23516?
Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23516


What's new and improved in Windows 11 Build 23516?

Improved Screen Casting Experience

One of the critical updates in this build is the improvements to the screen casting feature, which enables users to wirelessly extend their display to another PC, TV, or other external displays. Microsoft aims to educate users about the Cast feature, making it more discoverable and enhancing the overall user experience. Users can now receive casting suggestions via notification toast during multitasking activities.



HDR Background Support

Windows 11 now supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) .JXR files for desktop backgrounds. Users with an HDR display can render these files in full HDR, resulting in higher-quality visuals. However, Microsoft has warned that there may be some issues with HDR backgrounds not correctly displaying on certain laptops in this build.


Expanded Voice Access

Voice access has been expanded in this build, now offering support from the moment you start your PC. This feature allows users to log in to their PC and access other areas on the Lock screen using voice commands, adding a layer of accessibility to the Windows experience.



Narrator Natural Voices

In a move to enhance the Narrator feature, Microsoft has introduced natural voices in French, Portuguese, English (India), German, and Korean. These voices use modern, on-device text-to-speech technology and work without an internet connection once downloaded.


Presence Sensing Improvements

This build introduces Adaptive Dimming for PCs with presence sensors supporting attention detection. Your device can now dim your screen intelligently when you look away and undim it when you look back.



Other Changes, Improvements, and Fixes

Microsoft also announced a number of changes, improvements, and fixes across various features, including Windows Copilot, the taskbar and system tray, and File Explorer. Notably, Microsoft Teams (free) is now pre-pinned to the taskbar in Windows 11, allowing users to quickly launch a mini communications experience for chatting, calling, and meeting.



Known Issues in Windows 11 Dev (Preview) Build 23516

However, as with any Insider Preview, there are known issues that Microsoft is still working on. This includes problems causing explorer.exe to crash on the login screen when attempting to enter safe mode, incorrect labeling of some apps on the Start menu, issues with switching focus in Windows Copilot, and issues with File Explorer crashing during extended file-loading processes.


End Notes

Overall, Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23516 showcases Microsoft's commitment to improving user experience, accessibility, and system efficiency. As with any Insider Preview build, Microsoft encourages users to file feedback on any bugs or issues they encounter while testing the build, aiding in the refinement of the final product.


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