Windows 11 KB5008215 is now available as part of the December
2021 Patch Tuesday cycle and it improves the animation of the
taskbar. Microsoft has also posted direct download links for
Windows 10 KB5008215 offline installers on its Update Catalog
which can be used by anyone to patch issues manually.
With today’s Patch Tuesday release, Windows 11 is finally
getting some new emoji that are compatible with the company’s
Fluent-style. The new emoji would keep the operating system in
line with the rest of the Microsoft products, such as Skype,
Microsoft Teams, and more.
The emojis have a modern look and they’re in line with the
overall design of Windows 11 and the collection is pretty nice
on the whole. Of course, these are 2D style emojis despite the
tech giant promised 3D emoji for Windows 11. As expected,
Windows 11’s new emoji collection also includes Clippy as the
replacement for the paperclip emoji.
For those unaware, Clippy was part of the Microsoft Office
suite in the early 2000s and it is back by popular demand. If
you remember, a sizeable number of folk had voted in favour of
the iconic assistant’s emoji.
Windows 11 KB5008215 also fixes performance issues including a
bug that could reduce the write/read speed of your storage
drives. The affected storage drives include SSD, HDD, and
If you check for updates today, a new patch with the following
title will appear:
2021-12 Cumulative Update for Windows 11 for x64-based
Download Links for Windows 11 KB5008215
Windows 11 Direct Download Links: 64-bit.
Windows 11 (Build 22000.318) Full Changelog
- Fixed an issue that could prevent File Explorer and desktop
- Fixes animation of taskbar icons.
- Fixes Bluetooth audio issues.
- Fixes various issues with File Explorer.
- Fixes an issue that affects the Start menu’s performance
As we mentioned at the outset, Windows 11 has a bug that could
slow down SSDs and other drives. In some cases, Windows 11
could run more than 50% slower.
The issue has been plaguing some users since the operating
system’s launch on June 24 and it was flagged by more users
last month. Several months later the problem has been
acknowledged and Microsoft is now rolling out with Windows 11
According to release notes, Windows 11 Build 22000 has fixed an
issue that causes Internet Explorer to stop responding when you
try to copy and paste texts.
Another bug prevents File Explorer and desktop shortcut menu
when users try to use a single click to open an item.
Microsoft has also made changes to improve the animation of
taskbar icons and volume control of Bluetooth audio devices.
File Explorer is also getting some important bug fixes. For
example, the tech giant has fixed an issue that causes File
Explorer to stop responding when you close the window after
browsing directories. Likewise, another bug has been fixed that
affects the desktop context menu when you try to create
shortcuts for apps using DirectoryBackground.
Unfortunately, Windows 11’s highly-requested taskbar
drag-and-drop feature is not included in the update. However,
the tech giant has fixed an issue that causes flickering when
you hover over icons on the taskbar.
Other bug fixes in the latest update:
- Microsoft has fixed an issue that causes rendering problems
with closed-caption in some videos.
- Microsoft has fixed an issue that could affect the
performance of Task View, Alt-Tab, or Snap Assist.
- Microsoft has fixed an issue that might cause Windows Mixed
Reality failure when you’ve turned off the headset’s presence
- Microsoft has fixed printing issues.
- Microsoft has fixed a bug that might cause a temporary
loss of audio.
- Microsoft has fixed font rendering issues.
- Microsoft has fixed an issue that could crash or block some
apps on devices that have touchpad.