Announcing the first Insider Preview for Windows 11
Hello Windows Insiders,
We are excited to release the first Windows 11 Insider Preview build to the Dev Channel, Build 22000.51! As we finalize the product over the coming months, we will work with you to validate the experience. You will get to try many, but not all, of the new features we showed last week in this early preview. We will bring more features such as Chat with Microsoft Teams and Android apps in the Microsoft Store over the coming months as they are ready for you – we are just getting started on this journey together!
If you haven’t yet, be sure to read our blog post on how the Windows 11 hardware requirements may impact flighting on your PC and your options to get started.
Beautiful, fresh, calm visuals and sounds: From rounded corners to the centering of content and new animations, this new visual design extends across multiple areas of Windows 11.
Widgets: Widgets bring you closer to information you both want and need. Just click on the widgets icon on the Taskbar, swipe from the left using touch, or hit WIN + W on your keyboard, and your widgets slide out from the left over your desktop.
Multitasking: Increase your productivity and creativity with the new multitasking features.
The new Microsoft Store: With today’s build, you will be able to try out an early preview of the new Microsoft Store. We’ll continue to build and refine the Store.
Docking: When you undock your laptop, the windows on your external monitor will be minimized. When you re-dock your computer to your monitor, Windows puts everything back exactly where you had it before!
Input (touch, inking and voice): To personalize your Windows experience, we have designed 13 new themes for the touch keyboard including three hardware matching themes that match the Surface colors.
Display improvements: Dynamic Refresh Rate allows your PC to automatically boost the refresh rate when you’re inking or scrolling (which means you’ll get a smoother experience) and lower when you don’t need it so that your laptop can save power.
Settings: We designed Settings to be beautiful, easy to use and inclusive of all your Microsoft experiences in Windows 11.
The new Windows 11 setup experience: The Windows 11 setup experience (often referred to as the “out of box experience” or OOBE for short) has been redesigned with brand new colorful animated iconography and more modern light theme.
Wi-Fi 6E Support: We’re excited to bring Wi-Fi 6E to the Windows ecosystem, enabling our Windows OEMs, Wireless IHVs and ecosystem partners to deliver leading edge Wi-Fi on new Windows PCs.
Windows 11 + Office
: Coinciding with the release of today’s Windows 11 Insider Preview build, the Office Team is releasing a preview for Office Insiders
of their Office apps with a new design that will shine on Windows 11!
Inviting you to our Inside WIndows 11 website
We are bringing you behind the scenes to learn about why and how we built Windows 11. You will be able to meet our makers from Engineering, Design and Research to share their insights and unique perspectives throughout this journey. We will be posting new inside stories on a bi-weekly basis to share how we made Windows 11 happen. Watch one of the stories we have that shows how Windows 11 was crafted to feel completely new, yet immediately familiar. Visit Inside Windows 11.
We are so excited to share this and future Windows 11 Insider Previews with our Windows Insiders as we finalize the product.
Before you update your machine, visit the Announcing the first Insider Preview for Windows 11 | Windows Insider Blog today to view full details on new features, general changes, improvements, known issues and much more!
We look forward to your feedback on what you love and could love more to help make Windows 11 work best for how you work, learn, and play.