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Windows 11 Preview Build 22557 makes vast changes, including folders in the Start Menu, new gestures and improved Snap Layouts

Preview Build 22557 allows the pinning of folders to the Start Menu, among other changes. (Image source: Microsoft)
Preview Build 22557 allows the pinning of folders to the Start Menu, among other changes. (Image source: Microsoft)
Microsoft has released Preview Build 22557 to the Dev Channel on the Windows 11 Insider Program. The update brings numerous changes and improvements to Windows 11, including new touch gestures, File Explorer revisions and the rumoured updated Task Manager. Preview Build 22557 is available to download now but not on ARM64 PCs.

Microsoft has released the first big Windows 11 update to devices not enrolled on the Windows 11 Insider Program, as we discussed separately. Arguably, it has distributed a more substantial update to the Insider Program's Dev Channel, though. Released as Preview Build 22557, Microsoft has previously stressed that it may not release all features and experiences that it brings to the Dev Channel.

According to a Windows Insider Blog post, Microsoft has added the following features to Windows 11 with Preview Build 22557:

  • Create Start Menu folders
  • Do Not Disturb mode mutes all notifications until turned off
  • Focus is now accessible from the Notification Centre
  • Live Captions added system-wide
  • New Touch Gestures

    • Swipe to invoke and dismiss Start
    • Swipe between Pinned/All apps and Recommended/More on Start
    • Swipe to invoke and dismiss Quick Settings
    • Swipe to invoke and dismiss Notification Center
    • Full-screen gripper

  • Improved Snap Layouts
  • Improved Quick Access in File Explorer
  • View OneDrive storage in File Explorer
  • Updated Power & Battery Settings menu
  • Updated Task Manager with Dark and Efficiency modes

You can view the full list of changes made in Preview Build 22557 via the same blog post. Understandably, the build contains several known issues too, including that the taskbar may flicker when switching input methods. Moreover, Microsoft has decided against offering Preview Build 22557 to ARM64 PCs. The company hopes to offer a new build for Insiders on ARM64 PCs soon, although it has not stated when this will be the case. 

(Image source: Microsoft)
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Alex Alderson, 2022-02-17 (Update: 2022-02-17)