On the Windows Insider Release channel came out Windows 11 Build 22621.1776 (KB5026446), which brings many new features: adaptive display brightness control, widget previews, interception of two-factor authentication code, automatic display of on-screen keyboard and much more.
The “Content-Adaptive Brightness Control” feature is designed for laptops and all-in-ones – this is a kind of “HDR for the poor”: when a user is watching a video with a dark scene and it suddenly changes to a bright one , Windows automatically adjusts the brightness and contrast of the image to make it stand out. The innovation may be strange, but not everyone will like it, so the feature can be disabled in the settings.
The new widget picker has a preview function so you can see how a widget will look on your desktop before adding it. The Accounts section of the Settings app now shows the amount of free space in the OneDrive cloud storage. You can use the Alt+Tab key combination to switch between active windows – now you can limit yourself to the last twenty in the multitasking settings. Previously in Preview builds, pressing the Print Screen button invoked the Scissors tool – now the feature is available for the first time in the Release Preview branch.
The new version of Windows 11 has expanded support for USB4. Automatic invocation of the on-screen keyboard is also available for tablets: in the settings you can set it to be invoked automatically when the physical keyboard is switched off, or to always show the on-screen keyboard. Intercepting two-factor authentication codes can be useful for those who use this feature on the phone: now, when you connect your phone to a computer via Phone Link, you can copy these codes automatically. Some laptops are equipped with occupancy sensors that serve as both a security and power saving feature to dim the screen when the user is away. With the appropriate Windows setting, you can now manage your work. And when you connect to the internet through a VPN, you’ll see a shield icon in your system tray.
The updated Windows 11 supports new English language commands and the ability to recognize them considering regional accents: British, Indian, New Zealand, Canadian and Australian. New keyboard shortcuts have been added to File Explorer, and the taskbar can now show seconds as well as hours and minutes. Finally, language support for the live subtitles feature has been expanded to include Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Danish, English (Irish and other dialects), and Korean.