Microsoft is now testing a new way to help Windows 11 users get more out of its Windows Search by displaying tip flyouts in the taskbar.
Starting today, Windows 11 will display tips prodding Windows Insiders who have installed the latest Windows 11 Dev build to search their PC and the web from the taskbar.
Microsoft says the tests are limited to the U.S., and the tips will only be displayed on devices belonging to English speakers enrolled in the Windows Insider program.
“To improve the value of Search shortcuts and reduce friction in the broader Windows Search experience, we are trying out different ways to provide tips on how to use Windows Search via the taskbar,” Microsoft’s Amanda Langowski and Brandon LeBlanc said.
“Only some English-speaking Windows Insiders in the U.S. will see this. If you do, be sure to give us feedback on what you think in Feedback Hub.”
This change is now rolling out to systems running Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25236, the latest Windows 11 build released to the Dev Channel.
Today, Microsoft is also rolling out a big Microsoft Store update allowing customers to discover and redeem offers (e.g., Office, Game Pass, or standalone games) available on their new PCs.
The company also optimized the Microsoft Store’s layout and rendering architecture for search card results to provide a smoother scrolling and resizing experience on low-powered devices.
This build also fixes crashes impacting File Explorer when closing tabs or when receiving large numbers of notifications.
Another issue fixed today was causing system halts and bug check screens (blue screens), with some Insiders seeing SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED errors in recent Windows 11 builds.
The list of bug fixes in today’s Windows Insider preview builds also includes the following:
Fixed an issue that was causing the taskbar previews to freeze or show as blank and not open when using Windows key + (#) key commands to try and switch between windows.
Fixed multiple issues related to the taskbar which were impacting explorer.exe reliability.
Made another fix for an issue that could cause errant divider lines in File Explorer’s navigation pane.
Fixed an issue where if you went into the properties for an audio device, this could make it unexpectedly show in the output devices list on System > Sound, although it was actually an input device.