Microsoft has published on the DEV channel of the Windows Insider program, the first build 2023 of Windows 11. It does not introduce anything new. The main thing concerns bug fixes and performance and stability optimizations.
After a break over the holidays, the development team around Windows 11 has resumed its work. It gives birth to the first construction of the year. Windows 11 build 25272 is available if you are registered on the Windows Insider program DEV channel.
As we said there is no new functionality. The firm offers a set of improvements including a change that is supposed to be useful if you use Quick Assist. The application was out of Windows tools. It appears in the Start menu directly in the “All applications” list. There is no revolution here but a change that allows faster access to the application. On the other hand, you will have to change your habits to take advantage of it 😊.
Microsoft explains that there are a few changes related to the Microsoft Edge browser. Start menu recommended websites are removed without explanation. Is it a response to discontent? Many feel that the Start menu should be kept as clean as possible. Thus the introduction of recommendations and suggestions is considered advertising and a “sort of” an attempt to impose advertisements.
On this subject, the firm explains
We’re removing the suggestion action for copied text search in Microsoft Edge and displaying recommended common websites in the Recommended section in the home screen, both of which started rolling out with Build 25247. Thank you all the users who gave us their feedback on these two experiences.
As a reminder, features and experiences we try out in the Dev Channel may be removed and never released beyond the Dev Channel as we incubate new ideas and gain user feedback.
Microsoft recalls that the DEV channel is a testing ground. So the novelties, the ideas and the changes observed will not necessarily find their way to a “general public” version of the operating system.
Note that we have changes related to the Windows Subsystem for Linux. Starting with this release, the inbox version of WSL is gone. You must therefore ensure that the latest version is running.
Starting with Build 25267, the inbox version of Windows Subsystem for Linux has been removed. When installing a build with this change, if you are a WSL user, you should update to the latest version of WSL described here in this GitHub article to ensure that WSL continues to work on your PC. Once you’ve done this, WSL will continue to work on subsequent build updates. In future versions, we will try to make this happen automatically.
In parallel we find some minor corrections and adjustments. For example, there is a new refresh button in the Windows print queue, while the bug that affected Task Manager and caused light and dark content to display incorrectly is resolved. In addition, Microsoft has also fixed the bug that caused Task Manager to crash when terminating certain processes.
Being on the DEV channel this version should not be used on a production PC. We have several known issues. One of the most important concerns widgets.