Microsoft released the first preview version of Windows 11. The first Insider version has the build number 22000.51 and is of course available in the developer channel of the Insider program – provided you meet the system requirements or were a Dev-Insider before June 24th.
Not all of the innovations that Microsoft showed last week when announcing Windows 11 are included in the first test version. The native integration of teams, for example, is still missing, as is the support of Android apps. For the coming months, however, Microsoft promises that you will be able to test many of the innovations shown as an insider.
What we already know is the new desktop with the centred (but left-sliding) taskbar and the new start menu. The Settings app has a completely new look, but the functionality and structure have remained the same.
Windows 11 is not just about looks, it also brings new functions. The new snap layouts for the quick arrangement of several windows in different grids to choose from. The animation quickly turned out to be a bit tricky, “in real” it works much more elegantly.
The new store is also included in Windows 11 Build 22000.51. However, so far it seems to be only the surface, it is also expressly referred to as “Early Preview” and is intended to give a very first impression. Many functions are still missing, such as managing your own library.
With the key combination Windows + N, you call up the notifications, with Windows + A the quick settings, which you can configure. The elements can be arranged as desired and also removed.
In Windows 11 there is not only something new to see but also to hear. Almost all system sounds have been redesigned. Windows Explorer is also presented in a new guise, shown here in a dark design.
Not only the Explorer itself but also the context menus have been redesigned. The standard context menu of Windows Explorer now starts in a compact layout with various buttons for shortcuts such as cut, copy, rename and delete at the top. The “well-known” context menu opens when you click on “Show more Options”.
Microsoft also announces that Windows 11 will support WiFi 6E.
With all the chic innovations, one must of course not forget: This is the first preview version in the Developer Channel. There are some known and possibly unknown bugs. As always, all bugs should be endured with a happy smile, otherwise, you are wrong in the Insider Program.
All known errors in Windows 11 Build 22000.51 can be found as usual on the Windows blog.