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The new Windows 11 Preview update gives users faster access to Bing chat

Microsoft has released a new Windows 11 update for Insiders registered in the Release Preview channel, adding some improvements that were available in the Beta and Dev channels in the past. There is also an apparently new change, which gives users faster access to the new Bing chat experience.

As you may remember, Microsoft added Bing to the Windows Search experience with an update in late February, which can be accessed via a button in the search panel. With this version, the button that takes you to a Bing chat is available directly within the search bar on the taskbar (provided you have access to a Bing preview). Unfortunately, true integration with Windows 11 is still not available, so you’ll be taken to Bing within Microsoft Edge.

There are some other changes with this update. Now, users may see notifications related to their Microsoft account in the Start menu, with warnings for things like creating a backup of their files. This is only available to a small group of Insiders, and those who do see this experience may see a slightly different look to it because Microsoft is still testing it. Another change related to the search bar on the taskbar is that it will now appear lighter if you are using a custom Windows color mode. Specifically, you’ll see this change if Windows mode is set to dark and Application mode is set to light in the Settings app (under Personalization -> Colors). Microsoft also mentions “several new features” for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, but there’s no explanation as to which new features are exactly new.

Apart from that, there are a lot of smaller fixes in this build for different parts of Windows, including the narrator, USB printers, and more. Here is the complete list:

If you’re a Windows Insider enrolled in the Release Preview channel (and your PC supports Windows 11), you can get this update through Windows Update, or wait for it to install automatically, which should happen sooner rather than later. This is likely an early look at the optional cumulative update released later this month, which will then be made into the mandatory update on Patch Tuesday in April. If you’d rather not take any chances with the Insider Program, you can wait a few weeks for these improvements.

source: Microsoft

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