Microsoft celebrated the demise of Internet Explorer by releasing another Insider Dev Channel build of Windows 11 and no, Surface Pro X users need not apply.
The wind has been sucked from the sails of Microsoft’s bleeding edge build of Windows by the rapid move of the new tabbed File Explorer functionality from the Dev to the Beta Channel, possibly before all the Dev Channel Insiders had a chance to check it out.
Perhaps a shame, since build 25140 contained plenty of fixes for the new code (as well as a Euphemia typeface for languages that use the Canadian Syllabic script.)
As a reminder, the Dev and Beta channels are parallel development paths.
Tab issues tweaked
Among the File Explorer fixes is one for an error some users experienced when copying files, a problem where dragging to rearrange tabs “wasn’t working sometimes” and a small but annoying issue in which the active tab color didn’t match the command bar.
As with what is lurking in the Beta channel, the up arrow is oddly misaligned in File Explorer. Microsoft also added a known problem whereby the body of File Explorer might unexpectedly be rendered in light mode when dark mode is selected. We can imagine the horror a sudden blast of light might cause to users hunched over their resolutely dark-themed displays.
IT admins – this one’s for you
There was also a warning for IT administrators accompanying the build. At some point in the future, devices with diagnostic data turned on and joined to an AAD tenant with a billing address in the EU or EFTA will be enrolled in the Windows diagnostic data processor configuration.
Users with a billing address outside the EU or EFTA will have the processor configuration disabled and cannot enable it. For those users, Microsoft will act as controller for Windows diagnostic data.
It’s a potentially significant upcoming change regarding diagnostic data and is related to Microsoft’s plans to store and process data for European customers in the EU. Insiders that don’t like the look of it are advised to pause flighting.
Also advised to keep a finger on the pause button are users of Microsoft’s flagship Arm device, the Surface Pro X. While the build deals with an issue with x64 emulation on the ARM64 that could cause some apps to crash on launch, Surface Pro X users are still recommended to steer clear of this build unless they want to get over familiar with the power button.
A black screen will be encountered when resuming from hibernation, requiring a power cycle to get back into the device. For once, it’s a dark mode that nobody wants. ®