This week Windows Insider Canary users got a new build update that will change their Windows 11 build to version 23435now in this build Microsoft has finally officially introduced the Gallery feature in File Explorer which has been in testing for a long time as an experimental feature.
You can now use this Gallery feature to access photo collections more easily, where this Gallery will also display photos that have been connected to the OneDrive Camera Roll on the user’s Smartphone device.
Apart from that, Gallery also works from file picking dialog where you can enter attachments to PowerPoint and other applications more easily.
"Gallery is optimized for accessing your most recently taken photos. If you have OneDrive Camera Roll Backup set up on your phone, photos you take will show up automatically at the top of the view. You can choose which folders are shown in Gallery through the Collection dropdown. You can also add subfolders of existing sources to filter to a subset of your content, such as desktop backgrounds and SD card/camera imports." ungkap Microsoft.
But keep in mind that this feature is currently still in testing and not yet available to all Insider users, so only you are the lucky ones who have gotten this feature.
In addition to the presence of Gallery, Microsoft is also introducing a number of different variants of how badging a Microsoft Account works in the Start Menu, starting with Microsoft 365 information, OneDrive and more.
And not only that, now Presence Sensing also now on the page Settings > Privacy & security > Presence sensing.
Now for those of you curious, there are a number of other improvements presented which include:
- Windows Insiders will begin noticing a “pizza” icon on the command bar in File Explorer. This icon denotes that an Insider is previewing the Windows App SDK version of File Explorer. Functionality in File Explorer remains unchanged, it just switches from using WinUI 2 to using WinUI 3.
- Fixed a few explorer.exe crashes that were impacting taskbar reliability.
- Updated the TextInput/EnableTouchKeyboardAutoInvokeInDesktopMode MDM policy to allow “2” as a valid value to enforce showing the touch keyboard on tapping an edit control even when the hardware keyboard is attached.
- Fixed an issue which was causing Settings crashes when navigating to various Windows Update related pages in the last couple flights.
- Fixed the issue that caused enhanced speech recognition support installed through the Language & Region settings page to require restarting live captions if you switch languages in the live captions Caption language menu on Arm64 devices.
- Fixed the issue where you may not see installation completion of “Enhanced speech recognition” (required by Live Captions) when adding a language through the Language & Region settings page, and language feature installation progress may become hidden
- Improved the performance of the expand all / collapse all View options on the Processes page.
- Updated Narrator’s default for “Context level for buttons and controls” to “3 – Immediate content name and type.”
Meanwhile there are a number known issues which one of them includes the Gallery problem, namely:
- [NEW] Gallery may require clicking twice on the node in the navigation pane for initial load.
- [NEW] Live updates (including filtering) are currently disabled and require using the Refresh button as a workaround.
- [NEW] Thumbnail loading performance for dehydrated cloud files and memory usage in large collections are known issues we are focused on improving. Please capture Performance traces in the Feedback Hub for any performance-related issues. Rebuilding your Indexer can help if thumbnails are missing for cloud files; Search for “Indexing Options” and look in Advanced settings to find the rebuild tool.
- [NEW] Photos from OneDrive for Business currently must be hydrated to work properly.
- [NEW] Some file types (eg, HEIC) might not be rendered correctly or performantly.
- [NEW] Live captions will crash on first launch due to an issue impacting registry data retrieval. A new fix is expected very soon.
Now, you can see complete information about this build on the Microsoft page followingand for you Windows Insider Canary users, you can get this build via the Settings page > Windows Update > Check for updates, make sure you download Windows 11 Insider Build 23435 which is available there.