Microsoft brings more Arm64 support and an updated expiry date to Dev Channel Windows
Best before September 15, 2023
Microsoft has demonstrated that it really does care about Windows on Arm with a new Dev Channel build for Windows that brings native Arm64 support to its camera app as a low-impact start.
However, more useful in build 25182 is support for the state of the privacy shutter on supported hardware. A terse message awaits those with such hardware and attempting to take pictures with shutter blocking the view or laptop lid closed.
As well as an update to the Microsoft Store app, the build also deals with the difficulties some users were encountering when trying to install with low disk space and fixes an issue with a drop in FPS when playing certain games.
Users speculating that Microsoft might be readying a release of Windows 11 22H2 next month will be interested to note that the expiry date for this build is September 15, 2023. An update is therefore needed to stop expiry.
Other fixes include the taskbar overflow flyout turning up on the wrong side of the screen and a File Explorer crash that occurred when Windows was determining whether the taskbar overflow should be shown (Microsoft noted that this could happen when switching out of a full-screen game).
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While fixes abound for game players, things haven't gone so well for game developers this time around – Insiders with the Xbox dev kit installed will experience File Explorer crashes "after attempting to access certain folders on your system." A fix is being worked on, and it is worth remembering that Windows Insider builds, by their nature, could easily break an otherwise working system.
Other issues in File Explorer include the venerable misalignment of the up arrow on File Explorer tabs and one where the delete key stops working (the context menu should do the trick instead).
The printing issue where lines get skipped on tables is also still present and correct.
The addition of more Arm64 goodies (combined with recent developer emissions) is a sign that Microsoft is continuing to push ahead with the platform, despite its relatively slow start. Handy, since the Arm-based Project Volterra, announced with a paucity of detail at the company's Build event, should be appearing any day now. ®