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Windows 11 February update with new Taskbar features & Android apps available in preview now

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Microsoft has released the Windows 11 February update KB5010414 (Build 22000.527) to public now. The February update brings the Android apps to general public. It also brings new Taskbar features: call mute and unmute, easier window sharing to Teams and bringing weather to the taskbar.

The update also brings many other new features including cookies sharing between Microsoft Edge Internet Explorer mode and Microsoft Edge and support for hot adding and the removal of non-volatile memory (NVMe). Read all the details about new features and changes brought by the Windows 11 February update below.

Improvements and fixes

This non-security update includes quality improvements. Key changes include:

  • New! Provides the ability to shares cookies between Microsoft Edge Internet Explorer mode and Microsoft Edge.
  • New! Opens Microsoft Office files that are in the Start menu’s recommended section in the browser. This occurs if the device does not have an appropriate Microsoft Office license and the file is stored in Microsoft OneDrive or Microsoft SharePoint. If there is a license, the file will open in the desktop app instead.
  • New! Adds the clock and date to the taskbars of other monitors when you connect other monitors to your device.
  • New!  Adds weather content to the left side of the taskbar if the taskbar is aligned in the center. When you hover over the weather, the Widgets panel will appear on the left side of the screen and will disappear when you stop hovering over the area.
  • New! Adds the ability to quickly share open application windows directly from your taskbar to a Microsoft Teams call.
  • New! Adds support for hot adding and the removal of non-volatile memory (NVMe) namespaces.
  • New!  Adds the ability to instantly mute and unmute a Microsoft Teams call from your taskbar. During a call, an active microphone icon will appear on the taskbar so that you can easily mute the audio without having to return to the Microsoft Teams call window.
  • Addresses an issue that occurs when Windows Server 2016 runs as a terminal server using certain cloud computing virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). As result, the servers randomly stop responding after running for a period of time. This also addresses a regression that proactively checks to ensure that the CSharedLock in rpcss.exe is set correctly to avoid a deadlock.
  • Addresses an issue that might cause the time zone list in Settings to appear blank for users who are not administrators.
  • Addresses an issue that affects the Windows search service and occurs when you query using the proximity operator.
  • Addresses an issue that fails to show the Startup impact values in Task Manager.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents ShellWindows() from returning the InternetExplorer object when iexplore.exe runs in the Microsoft Edge Internet Explorer mode context.
  • Addresses an issue that affects dialog boxes in Microsoft Edge Internet Explorer mode.
  • Addresses an issue that causes Microsoft Edge Internet Explorer mode to stop working when you press the F1 key.
  • Addresses an issue that causes the improper cleanup of Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) objects. This prevents session teardown and causes a session to stop responding.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents printing from operating properly for some low integrity process apps.
  • Introduces support for Windows Hello for Business Cloud Trust. This is a new deployment model for hybrid deployments of Windows Hello for Business. It uses the same technology and deployment steps that support on-premises single sign-on (SSO) for Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) security keys. Cloud Trust removes the public-key infrastructure (PKI) requirements for deploying Windows and simplifies the Windows Hello for Business deployment experience.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents you from unloading and reloading drivers when the drivers are protected Hypervisor-protected Code Integrity (HVCI).
  • Addresses an issue that affects the Silent BitLocker enablement policy and might unintentionally add a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) protector.
  • Addresses a reliability issue that affects the use of the Remote Desktop app to mount a client’s local drive to a terminal server session.
  • Addresses an issue that displays right-to-left (RTL) language text as left justified on File Explorer command menus and context menus.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents you from reaching the LanguagePackManagement configuration service provider (CSP) using the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Bridge.
  • Addresses an issue that causes a mismatch between a Remote Desktop session’s keyboard and the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) client when signing in.
  • Addresses an issue that causes incorrect tooltips to appear in an empty area on the taskbar after you hover over other icons like battery, volume, or Wi-Fi.
  • Addresses an issue that occurs when you try to write a service principal name (SPN) alias (such as www/FOO) and HOST/FOO already exists on another object. If the RIGHT_DS_WRITE_PROPERTY is on the SPN attribute of the colliding object, you receive an “Access Denied” error.
  • Addresses an issue that disconnects Offline Files on the network drive after you restart the OS and sign in. This issue occurs if the Distributed File System (DFS) path is mapped to the network drive.
  • Addresses an issue that displays the authentication dialog twice when you mount a network drive.

If you installed earlier updates, only the new fixes contained in this package will be downloaded and installed on your device.

Here are the Windows 11 February update details from the official Blog post.

Enjoy the Amazon Appstore Preview featuring select Android™ apps and games in the Microsoft Store on Windows 11

Windows has always been about enabling you to work and play your way. And what makes Windows, well, Windows, is the variety of apps available to let you do just that. Since the launch of Windows 11, the Microsoft Store has attracted more creators and users around the world; today we are adding over 1,000 more apps and games in partnership with the Amazon Appstore. Windows 11 users in the U.S. can access the Amazon Appstore Preview1 in the Microsoft Store, and popular apps like Audible, Kindle, Subway Surfers, Lords Mobile, Khan Academy Kids and many more. This experience, built on the AndroidTM platform and supported by Intel® Bridge Technology, introduces a new category of mobile apps and games available for Windows.

To get started with the preview, open and update the Microsoft Store (click Get updates in Microsoft Store > Library) – search your favorite titles or explore our new curated collection of mobile apps and games; when you’ve found what you’re looking for, download them through the Amazon Appstore.1 These apps feel like a part of Windows, integrating naturally with Windows input and windowing experiences, like Snap layouts.

Today’s preview reinforces our commitment to be the most open platform for creators, and we look forward to sharing more details later this year on how we’ll broaden availability with the Amazon Appstore. We can’t wait to hear your feedback on the experience.

New enhancements to the Taskbar

The Taskbar is an ever-present launch point for everything we do on our PCs. That’s why we’re continuing to invest in experiences that make it easier to see all the information you need now and take action directly, no matter how many screens you’re working from. These new Taskbar enhancements are initially available in the February 2022 non-security preview release.

Mute/unmute & share any window from the Taskbar

In our hybrid world, the time spent connecting through video conferencing continues to rise. Phrases like “You’re on mute” or “Can you see my slides?” have become common things we say or hear throughout our day, and we want to help change that. Mute/unmute and share any window from the Taskbar are designed to make it easier for you to take quick actions and have confidence that you are at your best while on video calls. Instantly accessible from your Taskbar, window sharing and mute controls are available to Microsoft Teams users with a work or school account.

To try these out, during a call an active mic icon will appear on the right side of your Taskbar. You can easily toggle audio on and off without having to return to the call window so you can quickly reply or mute, even if your Teams app is not visible.

Additionally, window sharing for any open app is just two clicks away – simply hover over the app icon on your Taskbar to launch the share control, then confirm you’re ready to share it live. This will help you confidently share just the content you mean to share and nothing more.

Weather on the Taskbar

We’ve updated your entry point to Widgets to show live weather content in the left-hand corner of your Taskbar, so your weather is always up to date and available at a glance.

To try it out, simply hover over the weather icon; the Widgets board will open and stay open until you move your mouse away. To keep Widgets open, click the weather icon once, and it will stay open until you click somewhere outside of the Widgets board. If your Taskbar is currently left-aligned, this new entry point for Widgets will be to the right of the task view icon.

Clock on a second monitor

As more people are working, learning and connecting from home, many are working using multiple monitors and want access to the same information across their screens. We listened to feedback and are now bringing the date and time to your second monitor. When a secondary monitor is connected, your clock and date will now be shown on the Taskbar of the secondary monitor or monitors for glanceability as you work or play.

Introducing two redesigned apps: Media Player and Notepad

The PC has become the entertainment hub for many people – their go-to place to create and view content. The newly redesigned Media Player app was created to make listening to and watching your multimedia content more enjoyable.

At the heart of Media Player is a full-featured music library that allows you to quickly browse and play music, as well as create and manage playlists. All your content in the music and video folders on your PC will appear automatically in your library, and you can also tell Media Player where to look for additional content in app settings. Media Player is optimized for accessibility, with improved keyboard shortcuts and access keys for keyboard users as well as with other assistive technologies. Media Player replaces the Groove Music app; if your music collection is in Groove Music today, your library and playlists will migrate automatically.

Like physical notepads around your house, the Notepad app is designed to be a simple companion for all your basic notetaking needs. The redesigned user interface feels both fresh, with new design features from Windows 11, and familiar, with the hallmark simplicity and ease of use Notepad is known for. In addition to design updates, we added dark mode, so the app feels more cohesive with your Windows experience. If your default system theme is Dark Mode, Notepad will automatically adopt the dark theme, or you can also select the app theme manually from the new settings page. Menus have also been simplified to make it easier to find the actions you want to take in the app, and we’ve added new highly requested features like multi-level undo, colorful emojis, and a modern and efficient find-and-replace experience. To get the redesigned Media Player and Notepad apps, visit the Microsoft Store.

Download link:

You can download and manually install Windows 11 update KB5010414 by clicking here. If you need help in understanding how to install these updates manually on your PC, you can refer to our step by step noob-friendly tutorial.

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