Microsoft has today released a new Windows 10 version 21H2 Build 21354 to the dev channel. The new build is a major one that brings may new features, changes and improvements with itself. This build is the first one to come from CO_RELEASE branch which my signify the “Cobalt” codename for the Windows 10 21H2 aka Sun Valley update.
Now coming to new features and change that Windows 10 21H2 Build 21354 brings, it includes new personalization options for news and interests on the taskbar, option to disable content adaptive brightness control (CABC), brand new Camera Settings page, previously leaked Device usage feature and a toggle to enable compatibility settings for x64 applications on on ARM64 devices.
There are many more changes and improvements that you would like to read in the full changelog provided below. In case you want to do a fresh install of the Build 21354, Microsoft has also made the ISO images available for Build 21354.
Windows 10 version 21H2 Build 21354 full changelog:
New personalization options for news and interests on the taskbar
Thanks for your continued feedback for news and interests on the Windows taskbar! We’re continuing to develop the experience based on your suggestions. Today, we’re pleased to announce a new set of features rolling out for personalizing the feed to suit your interests.
Now, when you hover on the weather on your taskbar, you’ll see a new “Manage interests” button appear at the top of the window. This button links to a new full-page personalization experience, where you can choose the topics that you’re interested in. New users may also see a personalization card in their feed to help them get started.
Use the search box at the top of the “My interests” page to search for the topics or publishers you want to follow. You can also discover interests by browsing over a dozen categories, including different types of news, entertainment, and sports topics. When you select a topic to follow, you’ll see more stories about it in your feed as stories become available. You can manage the topics you’re following by selecting “Followed interests” in the left navigation.
We’re also excited to announce, “Tune your feed”, available from the left navigation on the “My interests” page. This experience makes it easy to explore and follow publishers from our partner ecosystem and select example articles that pique your interest. Select a couple of publishers and stories to get started or scroll to see more. You can see and manage the publishers you’re following by clicking “Followed Publishers” on the left navigation. You can also tune your feed wherever you see a story. Click the “X” on the top right of the card to remove the article and provide feedback: “Not interested in this story”, “Don’t like the source”, or “Report an issue”. We’ve refined this experience based on user feedback, to give you another way to fine-tune your feed for your preferences.
These new personalization experiences are now available in several markets, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, India, and Australia, with global rollout continuing. We look forward to hearing what you think about these new options for personalizing news and interests!
Reminder: We continue to roll out news and interests to Windows Insiders, so it isn’t available to everyone in the Dev Channel just yet.
Improvements to Display Settings
Content adaptive brightness control (CABC) disabling: CABC helps improve battery performance on PCs, but with the trade-off of decreased image quality. It can result in distracting brightness changes that interfere in experiences where image quality is of high importance such as for creative professionals looking for color accuracy. The ability to turn CABC off has been a highly requested feature and Windows Insiders can now disable CABC directly in the Display settings via Settings > System > Display.