Microsoft has released a new version of Windows 11 Build 22000.160 for Insiders in the Dev and Beta channels. The new version brings the new Clock app with previous Focus sessions functionality.
We’ve heard feedback from customers that staying focused and productive is really a challenge. We can feel it too! With hybrid operation and learning becoming the norm, focusing on digital health has never been more important, and the new Focus Sessions feature is designed to help.
Here are a few things you can try while using focus sessions to stay focused on the things you want to do:
Focus timer: Achieve your goals and get more done with a focus session. Let us know how much time you have and we’ll take care of the rest.
Find your perfect audio to focus on with Spotify: Research has shown that audio reduces the risk of being distracted by other things. Focus Sessions supports connecting your Spotify account to help you find the perfect audio to help you focus. Find out how Spotify can help you be more productive.
Stay in control of your tasks with Microsoft To Do: Select the task you want to work on during your focus session and check it when it’s completed. Focus Sessions integrates with Microsoft To Do, allowing you to manage your To Do tasks without having to switch context. Take advantage of chat sessions to work on and get the most out of your planned tasks for the day.
Habit building: To help you develop healthy digital habits, you can set a daily goal and challenge yourself not to break your streak!
Microsoft has also released ISO images for Windows 11 Build 2200.132. You can download the ISO images by clicking here.
Along with the Windows 11 ISO images, Microsoft has also introduced a new Windows 11 setup experience. Read the full changelog provided by Microsoft below.
As you use these ISOs to install Windows 11, you will go through the new Windows 11 installation experience (often referred to as the “out-of-the-box experience” or OOBE for short) which is designed to spark the enthusiasm for Windows 11 from the moment you first turn on a new Windows 11 PC for the very first time. Based on your feedback, we’ve also added the ability to name your PC during the setup experience. After going through the setup experience, the Get Started app is a new first-run experience app that will help you quickly complete the setup on a new PC. Try these things and let us know what you think!
Changes and Improvements
- The new Clock app for Windows 11 with Focus Sessions has started rolling out to Windows Insiders in the development channel. See this blog post for full details!
- We tested the capacity see quotes how long a restart for updates would take in places like the power menu under Start, in restart notifications, on the Windows Update Settings page, and inside the Windows Update icon that appears at the bottom right of the taskbar. We’re making a small adjustment for this feature so that it only shows up on PCs with SSDs. If your PC has a standard hard drive, you will no longer see estimates. We hope to bring the estimates back to PCs with hard drives once we fix a few more bugs.
- Taskbar :
- We fixed an issue where the “location in use” icon would sometimes appear in the taskbar even if use was blocked by your preferences.
- [REMINDER] When upgrading to Windows 11 from Windows 10 or installing an update to Windows 11, some features may be outdated or removed. See details here.
- We are investigating an issue where on some devices, when accessing Settings> Windows Update> Windows Insider Program, only the option “Stop getting preview versions” is visible. This prevents Insiders from selecting a channel. We have posted a workaround on Answers.
- [BETA CHANNEL] We are looking at reports from Insiders in the beta channel where after upgrading to Windows 11 they don’t see the new taskbar and the Start menu isn’t working. To work around this issue if you are affected, try going to Windows Update> Update History, uninstalling the latest cumulative update for Windows, and reinstalling it by checking for updates.
- We are working on a fix for an issue that causes some Surface Pro X devices to be checked for bugs with a WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR.
- In some cases, you may not be able to enter text when using search from top or taskbar. If you have the problem, press WIN + R on the keyboard to launch the Run dialog box and then close it.
- System and Windows terminal are missing when right clicking on Start button (WIN + X).
- Taskbar :
- The taskbar will sometimes blink when changing the input method.
- To look for:
- After clicking the Search icon on the taskbar, the Search panel may not open. If this happens, restart the “Windows Explorer” process and open the search panel again.
- The search panel may appear in black and display no content below the search box.
- On devices with a stylus, apps might not launch from the search panel. If you are experiencing this issue, please log out and log back in to resolve the issue.
- Some searches using the search box in settings may crash settings.
- We are investigating reports from Insiders with paired Bluetooth LE devices experiencing increased Bluetooth reliability issues and bug checks after resuming from hibernation or when Bluetooth is turned off.
- The widget table may appear empty. To work around the problem, you can log out and then log back in.
- Widgets may appear in the wrong size on external monitors. If you encounter this, you can first launch the widgets via a touch shortcut or WIN + W on your PC screen and then launch them on your secondary monitors.
- [Family widget] Some users may see a “Connect a device to see screen time activity” message even if the screen time settings are enabled.
- [Family widget] Location information may not be available for some users on iOS.
- We’re working to improve the relevance of store search, including resolving an issue where in some cases the order of search results is inaccurate.
- The install button may not yet be functional in certain limited scenarios.
- Ratings and reviews are not available for some apps.
- Windows sandbox
- In Windows Sandbox, the language input switcher does not launch after clicking the switcher icon on the taskbar. To work around this issue, users can switch typing input languages using one of the following hardware keyboard shortcuts: Alt + Shift, Ctrl + Shift, or Win + Space (the third option is only available if Sandbox is full screen) .
- In Windows Sandbox, the IME context menu does not launch after clicking the IME icon in the taskbar. To work around the issue, users can access IME context menu features with one of the following methods:
- Access the IME settings via Settings> Time and language> Language and region> (for example, Japanese) three dots> Language options> (for example Microsoft IME) three dots> Keyboard options.
- Optionally, you can also activate the IME Toolbar, an alternative user interface for quickly invoking specific IME functions. Continuing from above, navigate to Keyboard Options> Appearance> Use IME Toolbar.
- Using the unique set of hardware keyboard shortcuts associated with each language supported by IME. (See: Japanese IME shortcuts, Traditional Chinese IME Shortcuts).
- There is an issue where some Insiders may have missing translations of their user experience for a small subset of languages running the latest Insider Preview builds. To confirm if you have been impacted, please visit this forum post Answers and follow the corrective steps.
- Microsoft Team Chat
- The experience is localized for English (US) only. Additional languages and locales to come.
- When you place an outgoing call, when you do not hear a ringtone, the user interface indicates that the call is being connected.
- During a video call, sometimes people’s videos freeze or show a black image. There is a workaround for this problem which is to pin the video crashing and unpin it to resolve the issue.
- When switching between calls, the previous call is not automatically put on hold, so audio and video streams continue on both calls. Be sure to end one call before taking another.