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Windows 11 2022 gets an update, adds taskbar, MSA improvements

Microsoft is following up its first feature pack release for the Windows 11 2022 Update with yet another update, this time a cumulative one that reemphasizes the new quick setting in the Task Bar to manage the Task Manager function and a new 'enhanced' back up experience when using a Microsoft Account (MSA).

The new update labeled KB5018496 progresses general Windows 11 users to build 22621.775 and includes the following as 'New' to the OS

  • New! It enhances search visual treatments on the taskbar to improve discoverability. This is available to a small audience initially and deploys more broadly in the months that follow. Some devices might notice different visual treatments as we gather feedback. To learn more about why you might be seeing these changes, see Search for anything, anywhere.
  • New! It enhances the backup experience when using your Microsoft Account (MSA). Some devices might notice visual treatments for this enhancement. This is available to a small audience initially and deploys more broadly in the months that follow.
  • New! It adds improvements to the Microsoft Account experience in Settings. For instance, you can manage your Microsoft OneDrive subscription and related storage alerts.
  • New! It adds Task Manager to the context menu when you right-click the taskbar. This feature rolls out in the coming weeks.

In addition to adding Task Manager to the Task Bar context menu, users who download version KB5018496 will also note the Windows team addressed titles of popup windows and tabs in Edge, horizontal line artifacts on screen, credential UI's not displaying in IE Mode on Edge, audio sync through the Xbox Game Bar, reliability issues of the File Explorer when searching OneDrive folders, Start Menu items and Daylight-Saving time issues in Jordan.

As for Windows users who have already gotten some of the features listed above through the original Features Pack update last week, today's update KB501848 will bring only minor optimization improvements.

Some of the subtle improvements in tow for KB501848 now include Windows search results and performance, task scheduling, Microsoft D3D9, Dual SIM calling File Explorer optimizations and more.

The Windows team also included a small list of known issues and the two that were included have been ongoing problems for some Windows users such as copying large files on Windows 11 version 22H2 via Server Message Block (SMB) and using provisioning packages. The company included workarounds for these ongoing annoyances as stop-gap solution while they presumably work to iron out these known issues.

Visit the change log here to view the entirety of listed fixes for both updates.

As mentioned, these updates are being rolled out currently or can be triggered manually by going to the Settings Menu > Update & Security > Windows Update > Optional Updates Available.

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