Microsoft releases first Windows 11 Beta OS

Microsoft released on Thursday Windows 11 Beta for users craving a more stabilized OS pre-release, available to those registered in its Windows Insider Program for highly technical users, the tech giant announced.

According to Microsoft, its latest OS release is much less unpredictable as its builds are validated by the company. The beta release’s official name is Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.100, available to Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel after it rolled out to the Dev Channel last week.

Users will need a compatible computer to install the beta version, with a hardware that can support Windows latest version.

The Big Tech giant released a guide on its site to prepare for Insider builds, guiding future users to its system requirements page. The company announced that its developers will pay close attention to how 7th Gen Intel and AMD Zen 1 CPUs will function throughout the testing period.

Some of the biggest changes in the latest build include a refreshed template for the flyout menu showing hidden icons from the right side of the Taskbar, accessing Focus assist from Notification Center, and new animations in the Microsoft Store.

Users can switch to the Beta channel by accessing Setting > Windows Update > Windows Insider Program, then Choose your Insider Setting.

For computers that still function on Windows 10, users can register for Microsoft’s beta program here.

Despite the tech giant declaring that both the Beta and Dev Channel releases are stable, however, are still in their initial versions. So, users can expect to experience some bugs, crashes, and missing features – which is included in a list published on the company’s blog post

As for the gaming community, gamers will welcome an addition of Auto HDR for enhanced visuals, and a supplement feature to provide faster performance for Direct Storage-supported PCs.

Also, business users will enjoy undocking and docking their portable computers repeatedly without losing their place. Most Windows users are waiting with anticipation to try the latest OS release since it is in a most stabilized position where Microsoft is considering releasing it for early adopters.