Windows 11 has changed the language switching menu and the layout of the widget window

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Microsoft has released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22518 for Insiders in the Dev Channel, which changes several standard options and introduces new features. In it, the developers have done a lot of work to improve the functions for people with disabilities, introducing voice control of the system, but at the moment it is only available in American English.

The widgets menu, which was previously centered next to the main taskbar icons, has now been moved to the left corner – apparently, users have often mistakenly clicked on it. Now this menu opens simply by hovering the mouse over its button.

If the display of taskbar icons on the left is activated, then the widget menu will be to the right of all the main buttons.

The language switching menu has changed – now it has an acrylic background, that is, a partially transparent background in white or black (depending on the theme) with blurred objects in the background. True, this design, apparently, is not final – Microsoft is not sure of it and so far is implementing it only for some insiders (and not all) in order to get feedback and, if necessary, change.

Separately, it is worth noting the appearance of the Windows Subsystem for Linux subsystem in the Microsoft Store – it will be easier to install for inexperienced users. It also makes it easier to get WSL updates in the future. Among other things, Microsoft added additional arguments for the command to manually install WSL via the console – for example, wsl –install –no-launch will install the subsystem, but will not start it immediately after the process ends.

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