The latest version of Windows 11 continues its bumpy rollout as new features are currently being demoed in beta… at the same time, a new troubling bug has just been discovered.
Windows 11 22H2 launched a few weeks ago, exactly on September 20, and brought a lot of changes, such as opening tabs in File Explorer and bringing some functionality back to the taskbar. Today with build 22621 (will open in a new tab) During the development process, users will be offered additional options implemented in File Explorer, a new tool called “Suggested Actions” and many non-security fixes. You can download this version if you have previously signed up for the Windows Insider Program.
What’s the news?
Most of the features in Build 22621 will roll out globally, except for one: Suggested Actions, which is only available in the US, Canada, and Mexico. As the name suggests, this feature allows you to direct you to the relevant applications after copying a certain type of text. Microsoft gives the example of a copied phone number that will prompt you to make a call through Microsoft Teams. If you copy the date, the OS will prompt you to add the event to the Calendar app.
File Explorer is getting three small changes to “improve” its usability. First, users will be able to pin important files and folders to the app’s home page so they can be accessed quickly. Secondly, you will be able to see all the latest changes in shared files in Microsoft OneDrive. And third, File Explorer will “provide personalized offers” based on the user’s Microsoft 365 account.
Very little information is available on the last two major functions. According to Microsoft, there is a new secondary menu on the taskbar. If there are too many apps open on the taskbar, they will move to this more compact context menu so you don’t have to scroll down the bottom bar to find them. Finally, users can “share their content with other devices”, but it is not yet known with which ones. We contacted Microsoft for more details on these features. This article will be updated if we receive a response.
In terms of fixes, there are only 30 of them, ranging from font issues affecting Chinese characters, to Microsoft Store crashing after an update, to forced reloading of IE mode in the Edge browser. A full description of these fixes is available on the Microsoft support page. (will open in a new tab).
But there seems to be more to fix as Microsoft overlooked a pretty big bug. According to a post on the company’s Tech Community page, file transfer speeds can suddenly drop up to 40% when copying large files (that is, multiple GB) on Windows 11 22H2. When transferring the same file to a computer other than 22H2, there is no performance degradation. The author of the article suggests a temporary workaround, but was unable to provide a release date for the permanent fix.
If this error is unfortunate, then in Windows 11 22H2 it is not surprising. The operating system had a rocky startup. About a week ago there were reports of an abnormal crash on computers using the Intel Smart Sound Technology audio driver.
Microsoft said the company is actively working on major fixes, but did not provide a timeline for their release.