A new Windows 11 build is out with redesigned emojis
Today, Microsoft is releasing Windows 11 build 22478 to the Dev channel, and before you get too excited, there’s not a whole lot that’s new. The big new feature is that it includes redesigned emojis, which use Fluent Design. The new Windows 11 emojis were announced back in July, but now you’ll be able to use them.
There are actually two parts to these new emojis. First of all, all of the existing emojis in Windows 11 have been redesigned, but on top of that, there are new Emoji 13.1 characters, such as heart on fire, face with spiral eyes, and a bunch more.
There are some minor changes as well. One is that you can now log into a laptop that’s closed via an IR camera with facial recognition. Obviously, you’d be using an external camera for this, something that isn’t too uncommon given how many people are working from home. You’ll also find that if you use the scroll wheel on your mouse while hovering over the volume slider, you can adjust the volume.
The build also adds support for Update Stack Packages. These can be added in the Windows Update experience before a feature or quality update is downloaded and installed.
As always, there are a bunch of fixes and known issues in Windows 11 Insider Preview build 22478.
Windows 11 Insider Preview build 22478 Fixes
- Keyboard focus will no longer get lost if you press ESC after opening the user profile flyout in Start.
- Updated the prompt text when pinning something from a UWP app to Start, so it now says simply “Do you want to pin this to Start?”.
- Addressed an issue that was causing Notification Center to get stuck in a state in recent builds where it would stop launching.
- The plus icon for adding a new Desktop will now display properly when hovering over the Task View icon in the Taskbar when using Arabic and Hebrew languages.
- After bringing up an app’s jump list from the Taskbar, right clicking on the app name should now show the correct icon for Pin to Start (a pin icon).
- Left and right clicking Taskbar at the same time should no longer crash explorer.exe.
- Fixed an issue where the command bar was doing unnecessary calculations when navigating to folders, causing an unexpected increase in performance. This is also believed to be the root cause of performance issues when using drag to select files, as well as using the arrow keys to navigate in certain folders.
- The “Show hidden items” option should no longer get out of sync when multiple File Explorer windows are open.
The following two issues have been addressed with Microsoft Edge version 95, currently live for Microsoft Edge Insiders, and as such we’re removing them from the known issues list:
- The widgets board may appear empty.
- Widgets may be displayed in the wrong size on external monitors.
- The recent searches flyout when hovering over the search icon in the Taskbar should no longer immediately dismiss on invocation if an admin window is in focus.
- Setting focus to the search box in File Explorer shouldn’t make the touch keyboard invoke and immediately dismiss now when using a tablet with the Taskbar set to auto-hide.
- Fixed an issue causing the handwriting panel to not insert text when using it to write Chinese.
- Mitigated a memory leak that could occur in ctfmon, causing unexpected resource usage over time.
- Addressed an issue for a small number of users that was causing TextInputHost.exe crashes when setting focus on any text field.
- Fixed an issue that was causing Settings to crash when radio buttons were updated, for example if you connected an additional audio endpoint while the Sound page in Settings was open.
- Improved performance of loading the themes displayed in Personalization Settings.
- If a non-admin user changes their display language in Language Settings, we’ll no longer show the clickable sign-out button there as it was popping a UAC dialog and causing confusion.
- The Windows Update entry at the top of the System page in Settings should no longer be misaligned with the other options (when shown) in languages like German.
- The Braille options in Settings for Narrator users should now be in sync with the actual state of the Braille input/output mode.
- Made a change to help address an issue where “Media streaming options” in the Network and Sharing Center would unexpectedly revert to default settings after an upgrade.
- Improved Quick Settings launch reliability. This change should also help address the issue causing the window to not fully render (just a thin rectangle).
- Addressed an issue where if you clicked on the media controls area in Quick Settings, it wasn’t bringing the app displayed to the foreground in certain cases.
- Fixed an issue where the colors for items in Quick Settings could get stuck and not reflect the proper color for that state, particularly when using a contrast theme.
- Updated the Quick Settings page for managing audio endpoints from “Volume” to “Sound output”.
- Opening the page for managing audio endpoints in Quick Settings should no longer cause a brief cut in audio playback when multiple devices are listed.
- Mitigated an issue related to using ALT + Tab very quickly that could make explorer.exe crash.
- Holding down ALT and pressing F4 after pressing ALT + Tab will no longer crash explorer.exe.
- When using the Arabic or Hebrew display languages, dragging an app window to a different Desktop should show the thumbnail moving in the correct direction now.
- Fixed a casing issue that was causing LP.cab files to be unexpectedly removed in certain cases, which could lead you your display language changing until you added the desired display language back in Settings.
- Addressed an issue that was causing some users to see a bugcheck with error “KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_ERROR”.
- Mitigated an issue that was causing the SysMain service to use an unexpected amount of power in recent builds.
- If the display order is missing in BCD settings that should no longer cause an upgrade failure.
- Fixed an issue that was causing captions to draw at the wrong offset in certain apps.
- Mitigated an issue that was causing crashes related to audiosrv.dll.
- If going through OOBE with an Arabic or Hebrew display language, the volume and accessibility buttons should display on the correct side of the screen now.
NOTE: Some fixes noted here in Insider Preview builds from the active development branch may make their way into the servicing updates for the released version of Windows 11 that became generally available on October 5th.
Windows 11 Insider Preview build 22478 Known Issues
- Users updating from Builds 22000.xxx, or earlier, to newer Dev Channel builds using the latest Dev Channel ISO, may receive the following warning message: The build you are trying to install is Flight Signed. To continue installing, enable flight signing. If you receive this message, press the Enable button, reboot the PC, and retry the update.
- Some users may experience their screen and sleep timeouts being reduced. We’re investigating the potential impact that shorter screen and sleep timeouts could have on energy consumption.
- In some cases, you might be unable to enter text when using Search from Start or the Taskbar. If you experience the issue, press WIN + R on the keyboard to launch the Run dialog box, then close it.
- The Taskbar will sometimes flicker when switching input methods.
- We’re working on the fix for an issue causing tooltips to appear in an unexpected location after hovering over the Taskbar corner.
- After clicking the Search icon on the Taskbar, the Search panel may not open. If this occurs, restart the “Windows Explorer” process, and open the search panel again.
- Search panel might appear as black and not display any content below the search box.
- We’re investigating reports from Insiders that the volume and brightness sliders aren’t displaying properly in Quick Settings.
While today’s new preview build is a pretty minor change, the new set of Windows 11 emojis is probably the biggest new feature to arrive in the Dev channel since Windows 11 was released. Indeed, most of these builds are just seeing fixes, despite being more unstable. Now that Windows 11 is out, we’ll start to see new features in testing, such as Android app support.