Windows 11 Build 22000.71 Adds New Widget, Button Type

As we get closer to the actual launch of Windows 11, which should happen sometime this fall, Microsoft keeps rolling out new builds, most of which will have very minor improvements. Today, the software giant rolled out build 22000.71 to Windows Insiders in the Dev ring.

The new build, which will come via an automatic update, features a new Entertainment widget that promotes buying movies via the Microsoft store, some new transparent shading on the right-click menus, improved design of previews when you hover over taskbar icons and a new style of “split button” in File Explorer’s UI.

We’ve not yet been impressed with Windows 11’s widgets, which seem like nothing more than the MSN personalized home page, but built into the OS. As part of build 22000.71, Microsoft has added a new kind of “entertainment” widget which shows you a list of movies you can rent or buy and then takes you to a page in the Microsoft Store when you click them.

Entertainment widget

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So now, if you choose to enable this widget, you can scroll through a list of recent releases like “Godzilla vs Kong” and “Trolls: World Tour” and, if you click on one, you get the privilege of giving Microsoft some of your money to get it. These movies are part of the Movies Anywhere initiative so they should run on a lot of different devices.

Microsoft Movie Page

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Part of the move to Windows 11 is a shift  the company’s new “acrylic” design language. So now the right-click menu has this design language, which means it’s just a tiny bit translucent.

Microsoft compares before and after on the right click menu

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New Taskbar Previews 

Microsoft has made subtle changes to the look of the preview windows when you hover over a taskbar menu.

Taskbar Preview

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New “SplitButton” on File Manager


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