Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22543 to the Dev Channel.
- We’re introducing more natural voices for Narrator.
- This build has a good set of improvements such as a few updated visuals for some UI areas.
- We have a good set of fixes too!
- As always, please be sure to check the known issues below.
What’s new in Build 22543
More Natural Narrator Voices
We’re introducing more natural voices for Narrator. More natural voices enable Narrator users to enjoy scenarios like browsing the web, reading, and authoring mail, and more. Natural Narrator voices use modern, on-device text to speech and once downloaded are supported without an internet connection. Natural Narrator voices are available in English-U.S.
Narrator will announce that more natural voices, “Jenny” and “Aria”, are available when it first launches.
Select “Install now” on the announcement window to go to Narrator Settings to add the new voices. From there you can select “Add” button under the “Add natural voices” section. The dialog allows you to select either the “Jenny” or “Aria” voice. Both voices can be installed but must be installed separately. You can click “Preview” to hear a preview of the voice and you can select “Install” to start the download of the selected voice.
“Select a natural voice to install” dialog displays a list of natural voices preview, install, and cancel buttons.
New Narrator Keyboard Commands
In addition, we have made it easier for Narrator users to switch between voices to better support common tasks like reading and navigating.
Newly added Narrator keyboard commands include:
- Narrator + Alt + the Minus key – Move to the previous voice in Narrator’s voice settings combo box.
- Narrator + Alt + the Plus key – Move to the next voice in Narrator’s voice settings combo box.
Updated keyboard commands include:
- Narrator + Alt + the Left Bracket key – Move to the previous punctuation reading mode.
- Narrator + Alt + the Right Bracket key – Move to the next punctuation reading mode.
We look forward to you trying out our new natural voices and would love to hear your feedback and suggestions in Feedback Hub (Win + F) under Accessibility > Narrator.
Changes and Improvements
- Building on the recent changes to the flyout design for the hardware indicators, we have updated the media controls which appear on the Lock screen when playing music in a supported app. It more closely matches the design shown for the media controls in Quick Settings when signed-in to your PC. The media controls will always use dark theme to complement the rest of the Lock Screen visual style. [We are beginning to roll this change out, so it isn’t available to all Insiders just yet as we plan to monitor feedback and see how it lands before pushing it out to everyone.]
- We have updated the experience of resizing app windows in snap layouts by overlaying the relevant app icon on top of the acrylic background. Snap some windows using the snap assist, resize the snapped window layout using the buffer and watch the other snapped windows go out-of-focus overlaid with their app icon.
- Using the WIN + ALT + K keyboard shortcut to mute your call will now show a confirmation flyout.
- The input switcher improvements announced with Build 22518, including updated design with an acrylic background, is now available to all Insiders in the Dev Channel.
- When doing a full build upgrade, the progress ring animation has been updated, aligning with the updated boot screen animation.
- Updated the design of System > Storage > Disks & Volume and Storage Spaces in Settings to align with the overall design of Settings in Windows 11. Certain options for the drive, volume, and space, like properties, are also now directly available inline on these pages as buttons without having to click that entry first.
- Task Manager shouldn’t crash when switching to the Performance tab.
- The updated flyout for the hardware indicators for volume will now show the level.
- Fixed an issue where certain characters (like characters with umlauts) weren’t allowed when naming your PC in OOBE, even though it was allowed in Settings after finishing OOBE.
- Addressed an issue which was leading to OneNote crashing in recent builds when trying to open pages with inserted PDFs.
- Mitigated an issue that was leading to unresponsive UI after enabling HDR.
- Fixed an issue that could lead to explorer.exe crashing when dragging and dropping a file out of a zipped folder in File Explorer.
- The context menu in File Explorer now shows a CTRL + Shift + C keyboard shortcut next to Copy as Path.
- Fixed an issue which was leading to the cursor unexpectedly disappearing in certain apps.
- Fixed a crash in Quick Settings when opening the input switcher from there.
- Addressed an issue which was leading to the candidate window customization being unexpectedly missing from Personalization > Text Input for Chinese Simplified IME users sometimes.
- We fixed the issue causing two arrows to appear for the hidden icon flyout and the Quick Settings icons, and the date and time were misaligned.
- Mitigated an issue leading to Settings getting stuck in a suspended state and couldn’t be launched.
- If you’ve opted to turn off the startup sound, that setting should persist upgrades going forward.
- Fixed the icon in the notification that shows if you have chosen to postpone finishing setting up your device.
- Tabbing through Quick Settings should no longer set focus to an invisible element.
- Fixed an issue that was sometimes causing the media controls above Quick Settings to be off-screen.
- The underline indicating the active desktop in Task View will now follow your chosen accent color instead of being blue.
- Mitigated a WER issue which was leading to DWM crashes in recent flights.
NOTE: Some fixes noted here in Insider Preview builds from the active development branch may make their way into the servicing updates for the released version of Windows 11 that became generally available on October 5th, 2021.
- The taskbar will sometimes flicker when switching input methods.
- After clicking the Search icon on the Taskbar, the Search panel may not open. If this occurs, restart the “Windows Explorer” process, and open the search panel again.
- On a UAC prompt, the IME candidate window doesn’t show up.
- With the taskbar left-aligned, information such as temperature is not shown. This will be fixed in a future update.
- Restart Narrator if the voice is not automatically switched after downloading Microsoft Aria (Natural) from voice selection combo box.
You can download the latest Windows Insider SDK at aka.ms/windowsinsidersdk.
SDK NuGet packages are now also flighting at NuGet Gallery | WindowsSDK which include:
These NuGet packages provide more granular access to the SDK and better integrate in CI/CD pipelines.
About the Dev Channel
We have moved the Dev Channel back to receiving builds from our active development branch (RS_PRERELEASE). These builds are from the earliest stage in a new development cycle with the latest work-in-progress code from our engineers. These aren’t always stable builds, and sometimes you will see issues that block key activities or require workarounds while flighting in the Dev Channel. It is important to make sure you read the known issues listed in our blog posts as we document many of these issues with each flight.
These builds are also not matched to a specific release. New features and OS improvements from these builds could show up in future Windows releases when they’re ready, and we may deliver them as full OS updates or servicing releases.
Build numbers are higher in the Dev Channel than the Windows 11 preview builds in the Beta and Release Preview Channels. You will not be able to switch from the Dev Channel to the Beta or Release Preview Channels without doing a clean install back to the released version of Windows 11 currently.
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The desktop watermark you see at the lower right corner of your desktop is normal for these pre-release builds.
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