Windows 11 KB5010414 is now rolling out to users in the
production channel and it is a big release with several new
features. Unlike the typical monthly updates, today’s optional
update is part of the tech giant’s plan to refresh Windows 11
with new features outside the main feature update.
Windows 11 KB5010414 is an optional update, so it won’t
download or install unless you explicitly click on the “Get
updates” button. February 2022 optional update brings support
for new taskbar features, such as AirDrop and clock on multiple
monitors. Additionally, there are a bunch of general
improvements and fixes, making it the biggest update.
This is an optional update and those who choose to install it
will indirectly help Microsoft test next month’s Patch Tuesday.
Users who install optional updates are considered “seekers”.
Remember that you can always get the same set of changes in
March 2022 Patch Tuesday.
Download Links for Windows 11 KB5010414
Windows 11 KB5010414 Direct Download Links: 64-bit.
The optional update is heading to all users via Windows Update
and Microsoft Update Catalog. If you’re running into issues
when accessing updates through the native settings page, you
can grab the offline package from Microsoft’s website and do
the update manually.
For unversed, Windows 11 offline installers are offered in .msu
format on the Update Catalog.
To get started, simply click on the above link and tap on the
“Download” button for x64 if you have Intel or AMD processor.
This will open another window whereby you need to copy the .msu
link and paste it into another tab to start the download.
Windows 11 KB5010414 (Build 22000.527) new features
- Android apps rolling out via Microsoft Store.
- Taskbar can now display clock on multiple monitors.
- Easily toggle mic from taskbar and share app’s window in
- Taskbar can now display weather information.
- Start menu’s recommendated section gets Office web
Most of us are familiar with the “News and Interests” feed of
Windows 10, which appears on the right side of the taskbar with
local weather updates and news headlines based on your personal
On the other hand, Microsoft’s approach with Windows 11 is
slightly different. On Windows 11, we have a Widgets panel
which is a feed with details about the weather, news, traffic,
Microsoft To-Do and other widgets like Photos. Like Android
widgets, Windows 11’s widgets board also feature small apps
that give you quick information.
Windows 11 widgets board support all features offered in the
“News and Interests” feed, but it cannot display weather on the
taskbar. This functionality was ditched from the taskbar with
Windows 11, but it has been restored with Build 22000.527.
Microsoft is adding a new weather widget button to the taskbar
which is going to display weather on the taskbar and act as a
new ‘entry point’ for the widgets panel.
As you can see in the above screenshot, widgets now sit on the
far-left of the default taskbar and display the weather
updates. Widgets board with news feed and other widgets will
launch automatically when you hover over the weather button
pinned to the taskbar.
Later this year, the
widgets board will be getting support for third-party apps
Taskbar gets new features
Windows 11’s new feature called “AirDrop” cuts the need to move
back and forth between apps when you want to share an app’s
window during Microsoft Teams meeting. AirDrop will support
other video conferencing clients too, but it is currently
limited to Microsoft Teams.
According to Microsoft officials, Windows 11 taskbar’s new
window sharing experience could result in fewer interruptions
during online meetings provided that you can utilize it
To get started, you need to hover over the apps in the taskbar
and click on the new button that allows you to share a window
with others in a meeting. When you’re sharing the screen, You
can always click on the “stop sharing” button and or switch to
another app by clicking on “share this window”.
Microsoft says the new feature would be extremely useful for
sharing PowerPoint slides using any video conferencing apps
(support for third-party apps coming soon).
Additionally, Microsoft is introducing support for a new mute
and unmute button for Windows 11 Taskbar. This new feature will
come in handy for users who conduct meetings regularly on
As you can see in the above screenshot, you will be able to
access the new mute or unmute toggle directly from the taskbar.
The feature persists throughout a call even when there are
several windows open on a screen and lets you mute/unmute the
Teams mic from anywhere.
At the moment, only Teams is supported, but the company could
also introduce support for third-party apps via API.
Other improvements in Windows 11 February 15 update
KB5010414 comes with several other improvements as well. For
example, you can now launch Office files directly in the
browser from the Start menu.
This will work when you access Office files via the Start
menu’s recommended section and the device does not have an
appropriate Office license or the file is in OneDrive or
If you have a valid license, the file will open in the desktop
app as usual.
Likewise, it is now possible to share cookies between Microsoft
Edge’s Internet Explorer mode and Microsoft Edge.
Other improvements include:
- Fixed an issue where the Silent BitLocker enablement policy
- Fixed an issue affecting the Remote Desktop app.
- Fixed an issue where right-to-left (RTL) language text
appear as left-justified on context menus.
- Fixed issues with taskbar tooltips whereby app icons appear
in an empty area on the taskbar.
- Fixed issues with Offline Files on the network drive.