Exploring the Latest Features of Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23521: Windows 365 Switch, Taskbar Updates, and More

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Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23521 has been released, introducing several and improvements. Features include Windows 365 Switch, enabling easy transition between a Windows 365 Cloud PC and local desktop, and updated settings for never combined mode.

Introducing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23521

Windows Insiders, get ready for a new experience with the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23521. This latest build introduces several new features and improvements that are sure to enhance Windows experience.

What’s New in Build 23521

Firstly, Windows Insiders in the Dev and Beta Channels can now participate in the public preview of Windows 365 Switch. This feature allows you to easily transition between a Windows 365 Cloud PC and your local desktop using familiar keyboard commands, mouse-clicks, or swipe gestures through Task View on the Windows 11 .

“Windows 365 Switch provides the ability to easily move between a Windows 365 Cloud PC and the local desktop.”

Windows Copilot

For those in the Dev Channel managed by AAD (soon to be Microsoft Entra ID), Windows Copilot will be enabled without the need for Group Policy Editor.

Enabling never combined mode on the taskbar is now easier with updated settings. This can be turned on by simply adjusting “Combine taskbar buttons and hide labels” to never.

Dynamic Lighting

You can now sync your Windows accent color with the around you with the “Match my Windows accent color” toggle under “Effects” for Dynamic Lighting.

“You can now instantly sync your Windows accent color with the devices around you.”

Task Manager

The Task Manager settings page has been updated to match the design principles of Windows 11, providing a cleaner UI separating categories into different sections.

Windows Spotlight

After an OS update, Windows Spotlight may be enabled for you. If you decide you don’t want Windows Spotlight enabled, you can turn it off and it should not be enabled for you again unless you choose to re-enable the experience.

Search on the Taskbar

Windows Search now uses the Microsoft Bing Search app to return web content and search results. In the European Economic Area (EEA), you can enable installed Microsoft Store apps that implement a web search provider to return web content and search results in Windows Search through Settings.

Important Updates

In the EEA, Windows will now require consent to share data between Windows and other signed-in Microsoft services. Also, the end task feature under System > For Developers no longer requires Developer Mode to be enabled first before it can be used.

In conclusion, Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23521 brings a host of new features and improvements, enhancing your Windows experience and providing control over your settings and data.

  • Windows 365 Switch allows easy switching between a Windows 365 Cloud PC and the local desktop.
  • Windows Copilot is enabled for Dev Channel insiders managed by AAD.
  • Taskbar settings are updated for easier enablement of never combined mode.
  • Dynamic Lighting now syncs with Windows accent color and allows custom color selection.
  • Task Manager settings page redesigned to match Windows 11 design principles.
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