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Microsoft has unveiled its Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23526 to the devoted members of the Dev Channel, and there's a lot to digest. Whether you're a developer, a tech enthusiast, or just curious about the next iteration of Windows 11, here's a breakdown of the changes and enhancements that have been introduced in this build.


What's new and improved in Windows 11 Build 23526?
Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23526


What's new and improved in Windows 11 Build 23526?

Key Updates

  1. Insider Preview Build Expiration: Microsoft has updated the expiration date for the Dev Channel's Insider Preview builds to September 15, 2024, starting with Build 23526. Insiders should ensure they're operating on the latest Dev Channel build to prevent encountering expired versions.
  2. Start Menu Enhancements:
    • Files without rich thumbnail previews will no longer display an empty preview box, enhancing the aesthetic of the Start Menu.
    • Tooltips for files lacking rich thumbnails have also received an update.
  1. Improved Casting Capabilities:
    • Stemming from improvements introduced in Build 23516, the Cast flyout within Quick Settings has received updates to aid users with issues related to discovering nearby displays or establishing connections.
    • Links for troubleshooting device discovery and casting problems have been added to the Cast flyout in Quick Settings.
  2. Narrator Advancements:
    • Default verbosity level has been altered, now aligning with popular screen readers like JAWS and NVDA.
    • Support for typing Traditional Chinese characters has been integrated, and Braille display has received several enhancements.



Significant Fixes

  • Start Menu and Taskbar:
    Multiple issues have been addressed, including a color inconsistency within the Start Menu's all apps list in high contrast themes, certain apps redirecting to the Settings page upon uninstallation attempts, and issues with taskbar icons disappearing or misbehaving.
  • File Explorer Fixes:
    Frequent crashes when launching or interacting with File Explorer have been addressed. Plus, several user interface and functionality issues, such as the context menus not working with touch or dropdown menu backgrounds appearing transparent, have been rectified.
  • Narrator Corrections:
    Numerous updates have been made to enhance the Narrator's performance, including fixes related to combo boxes, reading content accurately while navigating, and improved functionality in scan mode.
  • Input Improvements:
    Typing with the Japanese and Chinese IMEs has been stabilized, especially for users who prefer using previous versions of the IME. Additionally, inking into text fields, particularly while using the magnifier, has seen considerable refinements.
  • Additional Fixes:
    Other changes include solutions to monitor disconnection issues when linked to a Cloud PC, and upgrades to the Share dialog's compatibility with screen readers.



Microsoft has reaffirmed its commitment to refining Windows 11 with these updates, making it more stable, functional, and user-friendly. Note that some of these improvements from the Dev Channel might eventually find their way to the servicing updates for the mainstream version of Windows 11. It's evident that the tech giant is leaving no stone unturned to ensure an optimal experience for its user base.


If you're part of the Windows Insider Program and eager to dive into the nitty-gritty of Build 23526, the ISOs for this build are available for download from Microsoft's official site. But always remember to back up essential data before embarking on your Windows 11 exploration!


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