Microsoft announced the release of Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23506 to the Dev Channel. Additionally, ISOs for this build were also released for download. One of the remarkable features of this new build is the Passwordless Experience with Windows Hello for Business (WHFB). WHFB is designed to provide organizations with a strong, phish-resistant credential, thereby aiding them towards a passwordless future.
Hello, Windows Insiders! On July 19, 2023, we released the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23506 to the Dev Channel.
Enterprises can now set an EnablePasswordlessExperience policy for a passwordless user experience on Azure Active Directory (AAD) joined machines. The new experience hides passwords from certain Windows authentication scenarios and employs passwordless recovery mechanisms, such as Windows Hello for Business (WHFB) PIN reset.
Enhanced Phishing Protection in Microsoft Defender SmartScreen helps protect Microsoft school or work passwords against phishing and unsafe usage on sites and apps. From this build, users with enabled warning options for Windows Security will see a UI warning on unsafe password copy and paste.
Improvements have been made to the built-in Windows share window and nearby sharing for sharing local files from your PC. These include a redesigned Windows share window to match the Windows 11 design principles, emailing files through Outlook directly within the Windows share window, a new search box for contacts, and faster file sharing between PCs using Wi-Fi Direct.
Starting with this build, the new Outlook for Windows Preview is now an inbox app. It allows users to connect work and personal emails, calendars, and contacts in one secure place.
New experiences for after completing OOBE (“out of box experience”) have been introduced starting with this build, including Dev Home and the Get Started app.
Several changes and improvements have been introduced, including Windows Copilot Preview now available to all Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel, richer emoji with a 3D like appearance, voice access now available via the accessibility flyout on the Lock screen, and the ability to configure your backup preferences in second-chance out of box experience (SCOOBE).
Numerous issues have been fixed, including crashes in explorer.exe, issues with the copy button for quickly copying two-factor authentication (2FA) codes in notification toasts, and issues related to Dynamic Lighting and others.
There are several known issues with this build, including Alt + Tab not working to switch back into Windows Copilot, variable performance on different hardware with Dev Drive, and several issues with File Explorer, Dynamic Lighting, and Windows Ink.
The latest Windows Insider SDK is available for download, with SDK NuGet packages now flighting, which include .NET TFM packages for use in .NET apps, C++ packages for Win32 headers and libs per architecture, and a BuildTools package. SDK flights are now published for both the Canary and Dev Channels.
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Microsoft has released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23506 to the Dev Channel. This build features a new passwordless experience with Windows Hello for Business. This enables enterprise customers to set the EnablePasswordlessExperience policy to promote a user experience on AAD joined machines for core authentication scenarios without requiring a password. This new experience allows users to authenticate without requiring a password and helps organizations move to a more secure and phish-resistant future. This build also includes improvements to Windows Update, Azure Active Directory, and Windows Hello for Business.
Windows Update has been improved to enable faster downloads and more reliable installation of non-security updates. Azure Active Directory has been improved to support single sign-on to multiple Azure Active Directory tenants. Windows Hello for Business has been improved to enable better performance for biometric authentication and to reduce the time needed to enroll devices.
In addition, this build includes various bug fixes and security updates. These include fixes for Microsoft Edge, Windows Defender, and Windows Update. Security updates have been released for Windows, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer.
Microsoft encourages Windows users to update to this new build to take advantage of the new features and bug fixes. Users should ensure that their systems are up to date with the latest security updates to help protect against potential security threats.
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