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Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26257 (Canary Channel)

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HomeTechnologyWindows 11 gets new sign-in animation and AI changes (build 26236)

Windows 11 gets new sign-in animation and AI changes (build 26236)

  • Windows 11 build 26236 rolls out the controversial account manager in the Start menu.
  • The preview also includes a new sign-in animation to provide your account credentials successfully.
  • In addition, this build introduces various improvements to Windows Recall and generative AI settings.

Microsoft is now rolling out the Windows 11 build 26236 in the Canary Channel of the Windows Insider Program with various improvements for existing features and fixes.

According to the official changes, build 26236 for Windows 11 rolls out the new account manager on the Start menu. This manager replaces the profile menu with a new design that gives you a preview of your Microsoft 365 benefits and alerts you of any missing information and other actions you have to take to maintain your account security.

In addition, you will be able to see at a glance your cloud storage usage and which services are active and expiring soon.

As a result of these changes, some of the options from the profile menu are now in different places. For example, you must click the three dots menu at the top right of the account manager menu to access the “Sign out” and “Switch user” options. Also, this menu no longer lists the other users configured on the computer.

Start account manager
Start account manager / Image: Mauro Huculak

If you want to lock your account, you will now find the option in the Power menu on the right side of the Start menu.

The issue with this feature is that even if you’re not interested in using a Microsoft 365 subscription when opening the account manager, you will get a banner promoting the service that many people may consider a form of advertisement.

Sart account manager without subscription
Sart account manager without subscription / Image: Mauro Huculak

In addition, this preview includes some fixes related to the Taskbar and audio on Windows 11.

AI hidden changes on build 26236

Aside from the new features and changes that were officially announced, Windows 11 build 26236 also includes several changes that Microsoft didn’t mention. 

For example, when you log in to your account, the sign-in page will show a new animation that uses a combination of Windows Hello, logo, and checkmark to let you know your login was successful. I uploaded a short video showing the new animation on my X profile.

Windows sign-in new animation
Windows sign-in new animation / Image: Mauro Huculak

As part of the Windows Recall improvements, it’s been discovered that the screenray feature now allows you to “search the web” when selecting text from the snapshot.

Windows Recall search the web
Windows Recall search the web / Image: @PhantomOfEarth

In addition, on Settings > Privacy & Security, you will now find a new “Generative AI” page that will allow you to control whether users and apps on the device can use generative AI.

New Generative AI settings
New Generative AI settings / Image: Mauro Huculak

Windows 11 build 26226 install

To download and install the Windows 11 build 26236, enroll your device in the Canary Channel through the “Windows Insider Program” settings from the “Update & Security” section. Once you enroll the computer in the program, you can download the build from the “Windows Update” settings by clicking the “Check for Updates” button.

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