Windows 11 Build 22543 is now rolling out to testers on the Dev Channel and comes with changes that could ship in Fall 2022 as part of Sun Valley 2. With today’s preview update, Microsoft is adding support for new natural voices. which will be used in the Windows Narrator feature.
Like the rest of the updates, today’s release is simply called “Windows 11 Insider Preview 22543 (rs_prerelease)” and is not designed for everyday use cases. It is available to Dev Channel users only in the Insiders program and users can download the update from Windows Settings > Windows Update.
There are two major changes in today’s preview update: the introduction of new natural voices for Windows Narrator and UI improvements to the window snapping experience. The company says the new voices will allow users to comfortably browse the web, read and write mail, and more.
These voices support on-device text-to-speech and use modern APIs with support for offline content. These new Natural Narrator voices are currently available in English-US. To get started, you’ll need to launch Narrator and open its settings page where you can simply select and add the voice “Jenny” or “Aria.”
If you are not sure about your voice pack choice, you can always click the “preview” button to preview the voice and then click “Install” to finish the process. After applying the changes, you can also try new Narrator commands: Narrator + Alt + the Minus key and the Plus key to switch between installed voices.
What’s new in Windows 11 build 22543
Microsoft is now updating the experience with a new layout for resizing app windows in instant layouts.
The update also overlays the relevant app icons on top of the acrylic background and you’ll notice a new animation when you resize the adjusted window layout.
Microsoft is also updating the design of the media controls that appear on the Windows lock screen. As you probably know, if you’re playing music in the background in a compatible app like Media Player or Microsoft Edge, a media flyout appears in the bottom corner of the screen.
As you can see from the screenshot above, the new Windows 11 media controls for the lock screen support light/dark themes and also match the visual style of the lock screen.
Other improvements in Windows 11 Build 22543:
- You will notice a new confirmation flyout that will appear when you mute or unmute your call using the WIN + ALT + K keyboard shortcut.
- Microsoft is updating the input selector with an acrylic background.
- A new progress ring animation is being introduced and aligns with the updated home screen animation. The new progress ring will appear when you install cumulative or preview updates.
- Disks and volume and storage space have a new look to match the layout of Settings in Windows 11. You can now directly view drive, volume, and space statistics on these pages as buttons.
In addition to the new Narrator and UI improvements, Microsoft also fixed several issues, including a bug where Task Manager would crash when switching to the Performance tab. Similarly, the hardware gauges will now show the level. Fixed another bug where the UI would become unresponsive after enabling HDR.
How to install Windows 11 build 22543
To install Windows 11 Build 22543, follow these steps:
- Opened windows settings > Windows Insider Program and join the trial program.
- Switch to the development channel from Beta or Release Preview.
- If you don’t see the update, just press “Search for updates“.
- Select “Download and install” next to the preview update.
- Click on “Restart now” to apply the changes.
Known issues in build 22543 for Windows 11
Microsoft is aware of these known issues in build 22543:
- A bug in the operating system could cause the taskbar to flicker when changing input methods.
- You may not be able to open the Windows Search pane if you click the Search icon on the taskbar. You can fix the problem by restarting the “Windows Explorer” process.
- IME candidate window not working sometimes.
- The temperature may not appear when the taskbar is aligned to the left.
- Voice is not changed in Narrator after downloading Microsoft Aria (Natural).