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Introducing Windows 11

At a time when the PC is playing a more central role in our lives, Windows 11 is designed to bring you closer to what you love. Windows has always existed to be a stage for the world’s innovation. It’s been the backbone of global businesses and where scrappy startups became household names. The web…

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At a time when the PC is playing a more central role in our lives, Windows 11 is designed to bring you closer to what you love.

Windows has always existed to be a stage for the world’s innovation. It’s been the backbone of global businesses and where scrappy startups became household names. The web was born and grew up on Windows. It’s the place where many of us wrote our first email, played our first PC game and wrote our first line of code. Windows is the place people go to create, to connect, to learn and to achieve – a platform over a billion people today rely on.

The responsibility of designing for that many people is one we don’t take lightly. The past 18 months brought an incredible shift in how we used our PCs; we went from fitting the PC into our lives to trying to fit our whole lives into the PC. Our devices weren’t just where we went for meetings, classes and to get things done, but where we came to play games with friends, binge watch our favorite shows and, perhaps most meaningfully, connect with one another. In the process we found ourselves recreating the office banter, the hallway chatter, workouts, happy hours and holiday celebrations – digitally.

What was so powerful was the shift in the PC we saw and felt – from something practical and functional to something personal and emotional. This is what inspired us as we were building the next generation of Windows. To build you a place that feels familiar, where you can create, learn, play and most importantly, connect in all new ways.

Today, I am humbled and excited to introduce you to Windows 11, the Windows that brings you closer to what you love.

Redesigned for productivity, creativity and ease

We’ve simplified the design and user experience to empower your productivity and inspire your creativity. It’s modern, fresh, clean and beautiful. From the new Start button and taskbar to each sound, font and icon, everything was done intentionally to put you in control and bring a sense of calm and ease. We put Start at the center and made it easier to quickly find what you need. Start utilizes the power of the cloud and Microsoft 365 to show you your recent files no matter what platform or device you were viewing them on earlier, even if it was on an Android or iOS device.

Windows has always been about helping you work how you want, by offering flexibility of multiple windows and the ability to snap apps side by side. New in Windows 11, we’re introducing Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops to provide an even more powerful way to multitask and stay on top of what you need to get done. These are new features designed to help you organize your windows and optimize your screen real estate so you can see what you need just the way you want in a layout that’s visually clean. You can also create separate Desktops for each part of your life and customize them to your liking – imagine having a Desktop for work, gaming or school.

Windows 11 cuts through complexity and brings you simplicity.

A faster way to connect to the people you care about

Another critical part of bringing you closer to what you love is bringing you closer to the people you love. The last 18 months drove new behavior for how we create meaningful connections with people digitally. Even as we start to return to more in-person interaction, we want to continue to make it easy for people to stay close with each other no matter where they are. And we don’t want the device or platform you’re on to be a barrier.

With Windows 11, we’re excited to introduce Chat from Microsoft Teams integrated in the taskbar. Now you can instantly connect through text, chat, voice or video with all of your personal contacts, anywhere, no matter the platform or device they’re on, across Windows, Android or iOS. If the person you’re connecting to on the other end hasn’t downloaded the Teams app, you can still connect with them via two-way SMS.

Windows 11 also gives you a more natural way to connect with friends and family through Teams, allowing you to instantly mute and unmute, or start presenting directly from the taskbar.

Delivering the best PC gaming experiences yet

If you’re a gamer, Windows 11 is made for you. Gaming has always been fundamental to what Windows is all about. Today, hundreds of millions of people around the world game on Windows and find joy and connection with loved ones and friends through play. Windows 11 unlocks the full potential of your system’s hardware, putting some of the latest gaming technology to work for you. Like: DirectX 12 Ultimate, which can enable breathtaking, immersive graphics at high frame rates; DirectStorage for faster load times and more detailed game worlds; and Auto HDR for a wider, more vivid range of colors for a truly captivating visual experience. Nothing has changed in our commitment to hardware compatibility – Windows 11 supports your favorite PC gaming accessories and peripherals. With Xbox Game Pass for PC or Ultimate, gamers get access to over 100 high-quality PC games with new games added all the time, and it’s still just as easy to find people to play with, no matter if they’re playing on a PC or console.

To learn more about what Windows 11 means for gamers, check out Xbox Wire.

A faster way to get the information you care about

Windows 11 brings you closer to the news and information you care about faster with Widgets – a new personalized feed powered by AI and best-in-class browser performance from Microsoft Edge. Even when we’re at our most focused and creative we still need breaks – a moment to check in with the outside world or give ourselves a mental reset. Today, we often pick up our phones to check the news, weather or notifications. Now, you can open a similarly curated view directly from your desktop. When you open your personalized feed it slides across your screen like a sheet of glass so it doesn’t disrupt what you’re doing. For creators and publishers, Widgets also opens new real estate within Windows to deliver personalized content. Our aspiration is to create a vibrant pipeline for global brands and local creators alike, in a way that both consumers and creators can benefit.

An all-new Microsoft Store where your favorite apps and entertainment come together

The new Microsoft Store is your single trusted location for apps and content to watch, create, play, work and learn. It’s been rebuilt for speed and with an all-new design that is beautiful and simple to use. Not only will we bring you more apps than ever before, we’re also making all content – apps, games, shows, movies – easier to search for and discover with curated stories and collections. We’re excited to soon be welcoming leading first and third-party apps like Microsoft Teams, Visual Studio, Disney+, Adobe Creative Cloud, Zoom and Canva to the Microsoft Store – all offering incredible experiences to entertain, inspire and connect you. When you download an app from the Store you have the peace of mind of knowing it’s been tested for security and family safety.

We’re also pumped to announce that we are bringing Android apps to Windows for the first time. Starting later this year, people will be able to discover Android apps in the Microsoft Store and download them through the Amazon Appstore – imagine recording and posting a video from TikTok or using Khan Academy Kids for virtual learning right from your PC. We’ll have more to share about this experience in the coming months. We look forward to this partnership with Amazon and Intel using their Intel Bridge technology.

Creating a more open ecosystem unlocking new opportunity for developers and creators

We are taking steps to further open the Microsoft Store to unlock greater economic opportunity for creators and developers. We’re enabling developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to bring their apps regardless of whether they’re built as a Win32, Progressive Web App (PWA), or Universal Windows App (UWP) or any other app framework, creating an opportunity to reach and engage with more people. We’re also announcing a progressive change to our revenue share policies where app developers can now bring their own commerce into our Store and keep 100% of the revenue – Microsoft takes nothing. App developers can still use our commerce with competitive revenue share of 85/15. We believe creating a more open ecosystem ultimately benefits our customers – giving them secure, frictionless access to the apps, games, movies, shows and web content they want and need.

To learn more about the changes to the Microsoft Store, visit this Windows Blog post.

If you want to learn more about what Windows 11 means for developers, visit the Windows Developer Blog.

Faster, more secure and familiar for IT

For IT, Windows 11 is built on the consistent, compatible and familiar Windows 10 foundation you know. You’ll plan for, prepare and deploy Windows 11 just as you do today with Windows 10. Upgrading to Windows 11 will be like taking a Windows 10 update. The familiar management experiences you have in place today – like Microsoft Endpoint Manager, cloud configuration, Windows Update for Business and Autopilot – will support your environment of tomorrow as you integrate Windows 11 into your estate.

Just as with Windows 10, we are deeply committed to app compatibility, which is a core design tenet of Windows 11. We stand behind our promise that your applications will work on Windows 11 with App Assure, a service that helps customers with 150 or more users fix any app issues they might run into at no additional cost.

Windows 11 is also secure by design, with new built-in security technologies that will add protection from the chip to the cloud, while enabling productivity and new experiences. Windows 11 provides a Zero Trust-ready operating system to protect data and access across devices. We have worked closely with our OEM and silicon partners to raise security baselines to meet the needs of the evolving threat landscape and the new hybrid work world.

You can learn more about Windows 11 as the operating system for hybrid work and learning in the Microsoft 365 blog.

It’s a great time to buy a PC

Since day one of developing Windows 11, we have been working closely with our hardware and silicon partners for seamless integration across software and hardware. That co-engineering begins with innovation in the silicon. From AMD and the incredible graphics depth brought by the Ryzen processors to the incredible performance of Intel’s 11th gen and Evo Processors, to Qualcomm’s AI prowess, 5G and Arm support, the innovation of our silicon partners brings together the best of Windows 11 with the largest hardware ecosystem in the world.

And with Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Surface and others, we’ve worked to ensure most PCs* you can buy today will be ready for Windows 11 – across a variety of form factors and price points.

Together, we’ve tuned Windows 11 to not only be optimized for speed and efficiency, but to take advantage of improved experiences with touch, inking and voice.

When you use Windows 11 on a tablet without a keyboard, we’ve improved the experience for touch, creating more space between the icons in the taskbar, adding bigger touch targets and subtle visual cues to make resizing and moving windows easier, as well as adding gestures. We’re also enabling haptics to make using your pen even more engaging and immersive – allowing you to hear and feel the vibrations as you click through and edit or sketch. Lastly, we’ve brought forward enhancements in voice typing. Windows 11 is incredible at recognizing what you say; it can automatically punctuate for you, and comes with voice commands. This is a fantastic feature for when you want to take a break from typing and speak your ideas instead.

Windows 11 will be available through a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs and on new PCs beginning this holiday. To check if your current Windows 10 PC is eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 11, visit Windows.com to download the PC Health Check app. We’re also working with our retail partners to make sure Windows 10 PCs you buy today are ready for the upgrade to Windows 11. The free upgrade will begin to roll out to eligible Windows 10 PCs this holiday and continuing into 2022. And next week, we’ll begin to share an early build of Windows 11 to the Windows Insider Program – this is a passionate community of Windows fans whose feedback is important to us.

This is just the beginning

Windows is more than just an operating system; it’s a fabric woven into our lives and in our work. It’s where we connect with people, it’s where we learn, work and play. Over time it’s remained familiar and adapted to us. We hope you’re as pumped as we are for Windows 11.

We can’t wait to see what Windows 11 empowers people to do and inspires them to create.

*Look for PCs that indicate they are eligible for the free upgrade, or you can check with your retailer for more information.

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Update to Windows Subsystem for Android™ on Windows 11

Hello Windows Insiders, Today we are shipping an update for Windows Subsystem for Android™ on Windows 11 starting with Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. This update (version 2204.40000.15.0) includes several exciting new features and improvements such as updating to Android 12.1, major Windows integration improvements, and a new Settings app experience! What’s New Update…

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Hello Windows Insiders,

Today we are shipping an update for Windows Subsystem for Android™ on Windows 11 starting with Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. This update (version 2204.40000.15.0) includes several exciting new features and improvements such as updating to Android 12.1, major Windows integration improvements, and a new Settings app experience!

What’s New

Update to Android 12.1!

We have updated the experience to Android 12.1! This update may cause some apps to fail to launch (see the known issues below for more details).

Optional Diagnostic Data

With this update, telemetry collection (optional diagnostic data setting in the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app) is now off by default. To help us make Windows Subsystem for Android better and provide useful telemetry about Android app usage, please enable this setting in the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app!

Advanced Networking

Networking for Windows Subsystem for Android on newer Insider Preview builds (OS Build 22621+) has been improved to enable Android apps to connect to devices on the same network as your Windows PC. With advanced networking, you can play your favorite content on a speaker on the same network, or set up a security camera (or other smart home device) with a compatible Android app.

Settings app redesign

The Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app has been redesigned and updated in a huge way. We’ve redesigned the app from the ground up, now with clearer settings groups, grouped navigation and an all-around cleaner user experience. We’ve also added a diagnostic data viewer where you can examine all the diagnostic data collected by the Subsystem, and configuration options in the new compatibility settings to turn on fixes for specific apps such as forcing apps to be non-resizable or enabling swipes for arrow keys.

Improvements to Windows integration

We’ve made some great improvements to Android apps integrating with Windows in this update. For newer Insider Preview builds (OS Build 22621+), Windows taskbar icons will now show which Android apps are currently using microphone, location, and other system services in the system tray, and an auto-hidden taskbar will now correctly hide/show when Android apps are running. Android toasts will now be reflected as Windows notifications, and the Window title of an Android app will now reflect the Android activity title. Also, for newer Insider Preview builds (OS Build 22621+), Android apps will not be restarted when your devices come out of connected standby but will instead pick up where you left off.

Improvements to camera in Android apps

Many camera updates are being shipped in this update. The camera orientation is now fixed to natural orientation, and issues with incorrect camera preview, bugs with letterboxing and squishing of the camera feed have now been addressed.

Improvements for input devices

Mouse and keyboard support in Windows Subsystem for Android has been improved, with fixes such as improved scroll-wheel support, fixes for the onscreen keyboard focus and fixes for the Android software keyboard displaying correctly.

Full Changelog

  • Windows Subsystem for Android updated to Android 12.1
  • Advanced networking on by default for newer x64 Windows builds
  • Updated Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app: redesigned UX and diagnostics data viewer added
  • Simpleperf CPU profiler recording now works with Windows Subsystem for Android
  • Windows taskbar now shows which Android apps are using microphone and location
  • Improvements to Android app notifications appearing as Windows notifications
  • Reduced flicker when apps are restored from minimized state
  • Apps are not restarted when devices come out of connected standby on recent Windows builds
  • New video hardware decoding (VP8 and VP9)
  • Fixes for on-screen keyboard in apps
  • Fixes for full screen Android apps and auto-hidden Windows taskbar
  • Windows Subsystem for Android updated with Chromium WebView 100
  • Added support for Android NetworkLocationProvider in addition to GpsLocationProvider
  • Improved general stability, performance, and reliability

Known Issues

  • Instability with camera on ARM devices
  • Instability printing via Android apps
  • Some apps rendered at lower resolutions may lay out incorrectly
  • Some VPNs may not work with Advanced Networking. If you use a VPN and find Android apps do not have network connectivity, please disable Advanced Networking in the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app
  • Some apps that were previously available might be missing from the experience, fail to launch, or function incorrectly for various known issues. We’re working with our partners to address these issues as soon as possible.

Giving feedback

If you are having issues with Windows Subsystem for Android™ – please file feedback via Feedback Hub under Apps > Windows Subsystem for Android™. For more information about troubleshooting and submitting feedback: Troubleshooting and FAQ for mobile apps on Windows.

Thanks,
Windows Insider Program Team

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HP launches hybrid-ready Windows 11 PCs and its most thermally advanced gaming laptop

If you’re looking for a Windows 11 PC built for working in a hybrid environment, check out the new HP Spectre x360 13.5-inch 2-in-1 laptop. HP also launched its most thermally advanced gaming laptop ever with the OMEN 16 and debuted its first Victus 15 Laptop for emerging gamers. The HP Spectre x360 PC has…

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If you’re looking for a Windows 11 PC built for working in a hybrid environment, check out the new HP Spectre x360 13.5-inch 2-in-1 laptop. HP also launched its most thermally advanced gaming laptop ever with the OMEN 16 and debuted its first Victus 15 Laptop for emerging gamers.

The HP Spectre x360 PC has the latest in audio and visual advancements, as well as a touch display that will be familiar to smartphone users. When your Windows 11 PC comes with a touchscreen, you’ll be able to take notes or sketch with an optional digital pen and use multi-finger gestures, pinch-to-zoom, double tap, and press and hold for quicker navigation – and to create and easily manipulate drawings and other content. The digital pen, touchscreen and voice typing capabilities of Windows 11 make it easier to work the way you prefer with features such as Snap Assist and multiple desktops.

HP Spectre x360

When you collaborate with others or do pitches on-screen, you’ll do it with a 5MP IR intelligent camera for picture-perfect clarity [1]. Backlight Adjustment autocorrects video images in any environment where you may be taking a call [2], while bi-directional AI noise reduction, directional beamforming mics and quad speakers complete a superior sound experience for your calls and chats on Microsoft Teams.

Engineered on the Intel Evo platform with up to 12th Gen Intel Core Processors [3], the Spectre x360 is expected to be available May 19 at HP.com for a starting price of $1,249.99. [4]

HP’s OMEN 16 is the latest addition to the OMEN ecosystem. This Windows 11 PC laptop runs cooler thanks to an added fourth thermal exhaust port and fifth heat pipe, as well as 5% quieter compared to its previous generation, so gamers can stay fully immersed in their favorite titles [5].

HP OMEN 16

The newest titles come to life with up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU and the latest MAX Q technologies or AMD Ryzen RX 6650M. Clear levels faster than ever with up to an Intel Core i9-12900H series processor or AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX Mobile Processors. Avoid untimely memory bottlenecks with up to 32GB DDR5 4800 MHz and take advantage of speedy access to vital files with up to 2TB PCIe Gen4x4 SSD.

Action on the screen flows across the up to QHD 165Hz IPS panel with 3ms response time and 100% sRGB. Experience low blue light with Eyesafe display certification by TÜVRheinlan and an auto brightness sensor that work to keep eyes fresh while playing for extended periods [6].

The OMEN 16 is expected to be available by this summer via HP.com and at Best Buy for a starting price of $1199.99. [7]

If you’re new to gaming, check out the newest addition to HP’s gaming-on-the-go lineup: the Victus 15 Windows 11 laptop. Victus introduces gamers to an accessible but elevated gaming experience built with OMEN’s DNA.

As the second entry in the Victus line of laptops, the Victus 15 features three color options (mica silver, performance blue and ceramic white), all with a standard backlit keyboard printed with the distinctive font found on OMEN devices.

You can multitask between gaming, surfing, editing and more with this 15-inch display. Visuals have never moved quicker with graphics powered by up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU with 2nd generation ray tracing power or AMD Radeon RX 6500M. Gameplay options include up to an Intel Core i7-12700H processor or AMD Ryzen 7 5800H Mobile Processors along with up to 16 GB DDR4-3200 MHz memory.

Wide rear vents add a visual flair on top of enhanced thermal efficiency, bolstered by four-way airflow and a two-heat pipe design to keep things running cool during gameplay.

The Victus 15 is expected to be available by this summer via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $799.99. [7]

Find out more about HP’s consumer and gaming PCs.

[1] 5MP refers to the image sensor active pixels. The actual image capture pixels depend on the app and/or aspect ratio selected.

[2] Enabled from GlamCam in HP Command Center.

[3] Select skus qualify as an Intel Evo Platform. Multi-core is designed to improve performance of certain software products. Not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of this technology. Performance and clock frequency will vary depending on application workload and your hardware and software configurations. Intel’s numbering, branding and/or naming is not a measurement of higher performance.

[4] Pricing and availability subject to change without notice.

[5] Based on HP Internal Testing in April 2022 comparison between the new OMEN 16 and 2021 OMEN 16. New OMEN 16 configuration with Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, 16GB RAM. 2021 OMEN 16 configuration with Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, 16GB RAM. 2022 OMEN 16 balanced mode (CPU 35W+ GPU 80W) 40 dBA; 2021 OMEN 16 balanced mode (CPU 35W+ GPU 80W) 42 dBA.

[6] Eyesafe Display for Low Blue Light is the Display Compliance Test Specification quality. See https://eyesafe.com for more details.

[7] Pricing from HP.com, subject to change without notice. Retailer pricing may vary.

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Releasing Windows 11 Build 22000.706 to the Release Preview Channel

Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing Windows 11 Build 22000.706 (KB5014019) to Insiders in the Release Preview Channel on Windows 11. This update includes the following improvements: New! We improved the Family Safety verification experience for a child account when you send a request for additional screen time. New! Windows spotlight on the desktop brings…

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Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing Windows 11 Build 22000.706 (KB5014019) to Insiders in the Release Preview Channel on Windows 11.

This update includes the following improvements:

  • New! We improved the Family Safety verification experience for a child account when you send a request for additional screen time.
  • New! Windows spotlight on the desktop brings the world to your desktop with new, daily background pictures. With this feature, new pictures will automatically appear as your desktop background. This feature already exists for the lock screen. You can also find out more information about each background picture on the web. To turn on this feature, go to Settings > Personalization > Background > Personalize your background. Choose Windows spotlight.
  • We fixed an issue that causes the Input (TextInputHost.exe) app to stop working.
  • We fixed an issue in searchindexer.exe that affects the search for shapes in Microsoft Visio.
  • We prevented users from bypassing forced enrollment by disconnecting from the internet when they sign in to Azure Active Directory (AAD).
  • We fixed an issue that might run an AnyCPU application as a 32-bit process.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents Azure Desired State Configuration (DSC) scenarios that have multiple partial configurations from working as expected.
  • We fixed an issue that affects remote procedure calls (RPC) to the Win32_User or Win32_Group WMI class. The domain member that runs the RPC contacts the primary domain controller (PDC). When multiple RPCs occur simultaneously on many domain members, this might overwhelm the PDC.
  • We fixed an issue that occurs when adding a trusted user, group, or computer that has a one-way trust in place. The error message, “The object selected doesn’t match the type of destination source” appears.
  • We fixed an issue that fails to display the Application Counters section in the performance reports of the Performance Monitor tool.
  • We fixed an issue that fails to maintain the display brightness after you change the display mode.
  • We fixed an issue that might affect some apps that use d3d9.dll with certain graphics cards and might cause those apps to close unexpectedly.
  • We fixed an issue that affects the IE mode window frame.
  • We fixed an issue that affects Group Policy templates.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents internet shortcuts from updating.
  • We fixed an issue that causes some users to see a black screen when they sign in and sign out of Windows.
  • We fixed an issue that causes an Input Method Editor (IME) to discard a character if you enter the character while the IME is converting previous text.
  • We fixed an issue that affects the Desktop Duplication API, which affects display orientation and causes a black image to appear on the screen.
  • We fixed an issue that causes print failures when a low integrity level (LowIL) application prints to a null port.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents BitLocker from encrypting when you use the silent encryption option.
  • We fixed an issue that leads to a false negative when you run scripts while Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) is turned on. This might cause AppLocker events 8029, 8028, or 8037 to appear in the log when they should not .
  • We fixed an issue that occurs when you apply multiple WDAC policies. Doing that might prevent scripts from running when the policies allow scripts to run.
  • We fixed an issue that affects the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) driver, which might increase the system’s startup time.
  • We fixed an issue that might cause the Remote Desktop client application to stop working when you end a session.
  • We fixed an issue that affects the behavior and shape orientation of a mouse cursor for Microsoft Defender Application Guard (MDAG), Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Edge. This issue occurs when you turn on a virtual graphics processing unit (GPU).
  • We fixed an issue that causes Widgets to appear on the wrong monitor when you hover over the Widgets icon on the taskbar.
  • We added animation to the Widgets icon when you click or tap the icon and the taskbar is aligned on the left.
  • We fixed an issue that affects the rendering of the default Widgets icon on a taskbar that is aligned in the center.
  • We fixed an issue that causes blurry app icons in Search results when the display’s dots per inch (dpi) scaling is greater than 100%.
  • We fixed an issue that causes file copying to be slower because of a wrong calculation of write buffers within cache manager.
  • We fixed an issue that might cause a system to stop responding when a user signs out if Microsoft OneDrive is in use.
  • We fixed a known issue that might prevent recovery discs (CD or DVD) from starting if you created them using the Backup and Restore (Windows 7) app in Control Panel. This issue occurs after installing Windows updates released January 11, 2022 or later.

Thanks,
Windows Insider Program Team

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