Windows 11 Build 22563 is rolling out with a few new features

Windows 11 Build 22563

Windows 11 Build 22563 is now available for users in the Dev
Channel and it includes changes that could ship with Sun Valley
2. This week’s preview update comes with improvements for the
taskbar and widgets feature. Additionally, it also
includes notable changes and fixes for File Explorer,
Microsoft Edge and more.

The update is called “Windows 11 Insider Preview 22563
(NI_RELEASE)” and it is supposed to be a buggy release than
previous updates. That’s because NI_RELEASE is an active
development branch and anything new or fixed in this update may
or may not ship in Windows 11’s fall 2022 update, according to
Microsoft.

One of the biggest changes in today’s update is support for a
new optional tablet-optimized taskbar. For those unaware,
Windows 11 doesn’t come with a tablet as the interface has been
updated to support a wide range of configurations, including
devices with touch screen.

The tablet-optimized taskbar, which is set to launch in the
fall of 2022, is designed to help users who use their devices a
tablet. After the update, Windows 11 will automatically adjust
the context when you disconnect or fold back the keyboard on
your device. This is similar to previous improvements, but the
transition is going to be smooth.

Windows 11 Build 22563 taskbar

As you can see in the above screenshot, Microsoft is exploring
support for two states of the taskbar – collapsed and expanded.
When your device is in a collapsed state, the taskbar will
automatically hide and give you more screen space, so you can
easily hold the device without accidentally invoking the
taskbar.

Windows 11 Build 22563 includes support for expanded state
whereby the taskbar can be easily used with touch with easily
expandable actions. To switch between the two states, simply
swipe up and down on the taskbar of your device.

To see if this feature is available on your device, navigate to
Settings > Personalization > Taskbar > Taskbar
behaviours where a new setting called “Automatically hide the
taskbar when using your device as a tablet” will be shown and
set to on by default.

If you would like to turn on the feature manually, navigate to
Settings > Personalization > Taskbar > Taskbar
behaviours and toggle a new option “Automatically hide the
taskbar when using your device as a tablet”.

These improvements are in addition to
taskbar drag and drop support added with the last Windows
11 update.

What’s new in Windows 11 Build 22563

Microsoft is introducing better support for dynamic content in
Windows 11’s widget board feature. The company is experimenting
with a new feature that would create a dynamic blended feed
with widgets and news content.

Dynamic widgets

The above screenshot compares the existing widgets board with
widgets dynamic feed which should make it easier for users to
discover and engage with new widgets and news content.

Widgets will be reorganized automatically if you use the
default layout of the board. If you’ve already customized the
widgets board, your existing customizations won’t be lost.

Other improvements in Windows 11 Build 22563:

  • Quick Access search in File Explorer now includes content
    from OneDrive, Downloads, and any indexed location.
  • Windows 11’s snap assist and other multitasking features
    will now house 3 of your most recent Edge tabs shown as
    suggestions.
  • Emoji has been updated to version 14 and Microsoft is
    enabling skin tone variations for hands gestures.
  • The updated accessibility flyout is now available on the
    login screen.

How to install Windows 11 Build 22563

To install Windows 11 Build 22563, follow these steps:

  1. Open SettingsWindows
    Insider Program
  2. Join the test program.
  3. Switch to the Dev Channel if you’re using the device in any
    other channels.
  4. Tap on “Check for updates“.
  5. Select “Download & Install
  6. Click on “Restart now” to apply changes.

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