What is new in Windows 11 Insider build 22557?

Microsoft has released the first major Windows 11 update for devices signed up for the Windows 11 Insider Program.

According to a Windows Insider Blog post, Microsoft has added the following features to Windows 11 with Preview Build 22557.

It is unclear if all announced features will also come to an official build version. This is not always common. However, it does give insight that Microsoft is working on new features to significantly improve Windows 11. In fact, this insider build includes some features that many users missed, namely taskbar adjustments and more.

I have compiled a list of the most relevant innovations in Windows 11 insider build 22557.

Windows 11 Insider build 22557

Start menu folders

Testing is done on grouping apps and files into folders. It is possible to create folders in the Start menu and add shortcuts to apps and files.

You can group with folders by dragging shortcuts on top of each other, a folder will be created.

Startmenu folders

Do not disturb for notifications

You can quickly hide notifications by turning on the “Do Not Disturb” feature. All notifications will be immediately disabled until you turn the “Do Not Disturb” feature off again.

Do not distrub in Windows 11 quick menu

Starting a focus session from the Quick menu

You can start a focus session directly from the Quick Settings menu. Quick Settings is the menu when you click on the time and date in the lower right corner.

Start focus session

Live captions

A new accessibility feature has been added for people with poor or limited hearing – the “live captions” feature. Enabling “Live captions” will display subtitles in Windows 11 when playing audio or video files.

Live captions are currently only available in the English American language.

Live captions in Windows 11

Pinned and recent files in Windows Explorer Quick Access

Support for pinning to Quick Access has been expanded from just folders to files. Pinned files are shown in a new section above Recent files in Quick Access.

Pinned and recent files in Windows Explorer

For users who sign into Windows with (or link as a secondary account to) a Microsoft account or a work account, pinned and recent files from Office.com are also displayed in Quick Access.

Changes that attach or detach files in OneDrive, SharePoint, and Teams are synchronized and displayed in Office.com and Office apps. In addition, updates to employee file activities, such as edits and comments, are displayed in the Tiles view and can also be displayed in the Details view.

Display OneDrive storage in Windows Explorer

It is no longer necessary to open OneDrive from the system tray. If you use OneDrive for storage, you can see how much storage you have left and more through Windows Explorer. However, you need to be logged in to OneDrive to do this.

Onedrive in Windows Explorer

Improved Snap Layouts

Snap layouts help you arrange and display windows in different locations on the screen. Snap layouts have been improved and now include an option to quickly move a window around in a “layout”.

All you need to do is select the window with a mouse or finger and drag it upwards. A grid is displayed with several options for arranging the windows in a particular order on the screen. Drag the window into the preview grid, and the window will be moved.

Improved snap layouts in Windows 11

Dragging files or folders to the taskbar

Microsoft is testing dragging shortcuts or apps to the taskbar. This works as usual. Select a file, folder, or shortcut and drag it to the taskbar.

Then you see a text appear with “link”, then release, and the file, folder, or shortcut is on the taskbar. It is hoped that this innovation will find its way into the official Windows 11 builds.

Drag and drop to Windows 11 taskbar

I hope to have informed you of this. Thanks for reading!

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