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Microsoft Windows 11 Dev Preview Build 25284 released: Experience third-party widgets

Microsoft released Windows 11 Preview Build 25284 for the Dev channel.

In this update, the version will not be available for Arm64 devices due to a known issue that caused the device to get stuck on the OS boot logo. Microsoft is offering a new widget trial for Preview Experience members in the Dev channel, which includes a set of fixes.

What’s New-New widget

With the release of Windows App SDK 1.2, developers are now able to create widgets for their apps. Users can access these experiences from the Windows 11 widget panel in the current Dev preview release.

Ready to try out the new widgets? For example, the Messenger app is now available in a preview version of its widget. To try it out, go to the Microsoft Store and update to the latest version of Messenger. then open the widget panel and navigate to the widget selector by clicking the “+” button in the upper right corner of the panel to fix the widget.

When trying out the widget, please submit content via the widget feedback link in the widget selector. As more developers create and publish widgets for their applications, users will see more new widgets.

Fixes
[Taskbar and System Tray]

Fixed an issue where right-clicking on some icons in a hidden icon pop-up window would cause the pop-up window to close instead of bringing up the context menu for that icon.

[Search on Taskbar]

These fixes are only available to Windows Preview Experience members who have embraced a different approach to the appearance of Search on the Taskbar, starting with the rollout to Preview Experience members of Build 25252:

Fixes for explorer.exe crashes affecting some Insiders, related to the search box in the taskbar.

[Input]

When triggering a search suggestion while using the Pinyin input method, the keyboard focus will now stay on the current candidate word. To move the focus to the search suggestion, press Tab.

[Window]

Fixed an issue with Touch PC that prevented swiping down from the top of the screen to display the title bar when using certain applications in full-screen mode.

[Other]

  • Fixed an issue that caused some apps to hang or crash when saving a file as a PDF in recent versions.
  • Fixes an issue where using the Connect option in the app could unexpectedly not show any devices in the latest version.
  • Some of the fixes mentioned here in the preview version of the Dev channel may make it into the service updates for the released version of Windows 11.

Known Issues/General-New

  • Some intranet users may experience issues accessing websites and other resources over a virtual private network connection.
  • Important: Some Arm64 devices running Build 25281 may not resume sleep/hibernation and may hang at the OS boot logo. To bypass this error, use the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) to roll back the device to a previous version. Instructions can be found here: ms/WinRERollback.
  • Logging in via facial recognition using Windows Hello may not work on Arm64 PCs. The workaround is to use the Hello PIN path.
  • Some users are experiencing updates that take longer than expected when installing the latest version. Microsoft is actively investigating this issue.
  • Microsoft is investigating reports that some intranet users are experiencing freezes when using the browser and certain other applications after installing the last Dev version.

Widgets

  • [New] Third-party widgets may sometimes disappear from the widget panel. They can be re-added by clicking Refresh or by re-fixing them from the widget selector.
  • [New] Third-party widgets may sometimes be unpinned when a Microsoft account is used to sign in to multiple Windows 11 devices.
  • [New] The unpin button on widget pinning/unpinning toast notifications sometimes does not work.

Taskbar and System Tray]

  • When using a taskbar optimized for tablets, the taskbar may sometimes be cropped in half. Users may also see this issue on the secondary display.

Search on Taskbar

  • The following known issues apply only to Windows Preview Experience members who have accepted a different approach to the appearance of Search on the Taskbar, starting with the rollout to Preview Experience members using Build 25252.
  • There is an issue where in some cases, users will not be able to change the taskbar search box to show only as an icon through the taskbar settings. To resolve this issue, first change to a different option and then will be able to select Show as an icon only.

Task Manager

  • Some dialog boxes may not be rendered with the correct theme when applied from the Task Manager settings page.
  • The data content area of the process page may blink once when a theme change is applied from the Task Manager settings page.

Windows Spotlight

The following known issues apply only to Windows Preview Experience members who receive one of the different treatments for Windows Spotlight, which are starting to roll out to Build 25281 users.

  • [New] Clicking on the secondary display does not cancel the full-screen experience.
  • [New] Spotlight wallpapers are displayed at incorrect resolutions on multi/hybrid resolution monitors.
  • [New] In some cases, users did not get a consistent refresh every day.

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