Microsoft has announced a change to the way beta channels builds of Windows 11 are going to be released going forward. Previously there were two builds you could have, one with the features turned off by default and one with the features enabled. Going forward Microsoft are going to ship one build and use an option Windows Update so you can get new features first. If you select the “Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available” option you get the features first and then the features get rollout out to device with this option off later. This starts with todays 22635.2419 build.

With today’s build Microsoft are rolling out the Windows Ink experience where you can write directly into text fields.

Changes and Improvements gradually being rolled out to everyone in the Beta Channel

[Copilot in Windows**]

  • Copilot in Windows now shows the new icon on the taskbar.

New Copilot in Windows icon on the taskbar.

Fixes for everyone in the Beta Channel

  • Fixed an issue where explorer.exe was crashing for Insiders in the previous flight when you tried to open File Explorer by using Open File Location in an app.
  • This update addresses an issue that causes delays when you sign in. This occurs when a tablet pen is connected to your device.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects iCloud Calendar and Contacts. Outlooks fails to properly sync them when you use the iCloud for Windows app. To resume syncing, follow the steps in this Apple Support article.

Microsoft Store Update

Windows Insiders in the Beta and Release Preview Channels running version 22309.xxxx.x of the Microsoft Store and higher will see the following improvement rolling out:

Visual refresh of Windows license pages: We’ve improved the look and feel of Windows license pages in the Microsoft Store to be consistent with Windows 11. The pages provide comparison tables between Windows editions to help make it easier to choose what license is best for you.

Redesigned Windows license page in the Microsoft Store.

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