December 1, 2023

Microsoft issued two builds to the Home windows Insider Program at this time, and one among them not bundles two Home windows 11 in-box apps. This means that these apps could be faraway from a future model of Home windows.

“Beginning with this construct, the Home windows Maps and Films [&] TV apps will not be put in after doing a clear set up of the OS,” Microsoft notes of the newest Home windows 11 construct launched to the Canary channel of the Home windows Insider Program. “The Home windows Maps and Films [&] TV apps won’t be eliminated on improve for Insiders within the Canary Channel and proceed to be out there and up to date through the Microsoft Retailer.”

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The Canary channel isn’t tied to a particular Home windows model, and whereas many imagine it’ll ultimately be used to check Home windows 12, not fascinating has occurred right here but. The official line on the Canary channel is that it’s “the place to preview platform adjustments that require longer-lead [sic] time earlier than getting launched to prospects … Among the adjustments we check out within the Canary Channel won’t ever ship, and others might present up in future Home windows releases once they’re prepared.”

Put merely, there’s no solution to know what’s occurring with Home windows Maps and Films & TV. They might be eliminated in a future launch of Home windows 11 or in Home windows 12. They usually could proceed to be made out there within the Microsoft Retailer, although that is also non permanent.

Of the 2, solely Films & TV is of any curiosity: This admittedly out-of-date app is presently the one solution to play bought film and TV content material from the Microsoft Retailer in Home windows 11, so one factor to search for is Microsoft including that performance to the extra trendy Media Participant app. If and when that occurs, we’ll know that Films & TV’s destiny is sealed. (Films & TV can also be suitable with the Films Anyplace service, which might likewise be added to Media Participant.)

As for this Canary channel construct, it additionally incorporates a change to the Home windows Setup Out-of-Field Expertise (OOBE) that lets the consumer set up a networking driver earlier than continuing. That is essential as a result of Microsoft requires a Microsoft account (MSA) to finish Setup, and you need to be on-line to check in. This construct additionally features a few different minor adjustments, like a redesigned Supply Optimization web page within the Settings app and PNG meta-data viewing and modifying in File Explorer.

Microsoft additionally issued a brand new construct to the Dev channel at this time, construct 23580, that features a few fascinating adjustments. It helps utilizing an area consumer account (an offline account) with the Copilot in Home windows 11 “for a restricted variety of queries earlier than needing to check in.” The Close by Share function now gives a big efficiency enchancment for customers on the identical community. And naturally there are extra File Explorer fixes: Microsoft might be working to repair that app for fairly a while.