Microsoft plans to release new experimental features for Windows 11 – GetintoPC

Experimental features of Windows 11

Microsoft has been testing the Windows Feature Experience Pack for nearly two years, but its true purpose has been lost on us. If you’re using Windows 11, then you’ve already downloaded and installed two experience packs: Windows Feature and Web Experience Pack.

Microsoft has yet to use the true potential of the Feature Experience Pack. As we reported earlier, Windows Experience Packs will split some Windows Core OS features or core features. This would allow the company to update certain features or introduce support for Android apps without the need to release new versions of Windows 11.

Until now, Windows Experience Packs have focused on minor improvements and bug fixes to File Explorer, the snipping tool, and other areas of the operating system. In a new announcement, Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 11 Insider channels will be upgraded with access to new experimental features.

These new features will be delivered through Windows Feature, Web, and Online Service Experience Packs as well as preview releases.

“We will deliver feature and experience updates on Dev and Beta channel builds by releasing feature, web, and online service experience packs in addition to these builds as well,” Microsoft said.

Microsoft will enable experimental or hidden features in Windows 11

As you probably know, some developers have noticed features that are intentionally disabled in preview builds.

Microsoft now wants to enable beta features for more users and experiment with certain features in stages to monitor quality and test variations.

Windows 11 beta features
Build improvements can be delivered via experience packs

For example, a Windows Web Experience Pack update could enable new features within the Windows 11 widget panel. Similarly, Microsoft could push changes to Windows settings using Feature Experience Packs. As mentioned, these concepts may or may not ship, but Microsoft will test the changes with more users to refine the experiences for everyone.

Of course, there’s no guarantee that changes to the dev channel or experience packs will end up rolling out to everyone as part of Windows Patch Tuesday or the feature update.

Later this month, Microsoft will begin rolling out Android apps, taskbar, and other improvements to the general public. At the moment, we have no information on how Microsoft plans to enable the features, but there is a possibility that this will happen partially through Experience Packs.

It’s also important to remember that Windows 11 is moving to an annual feature update schedule starting this year. In addition to experience packs, you can also expect exciting features in the Windows 11 Fall 2022 Update.

October is the target at this point and you can expect drag and drop support for the taskbar and more.


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