Windows 11 Build 25158 is now rolling out to testers in the Dev channel and it comes with many improvements, such as support for notification badges for widgets.
Microsoft’s latest Windows 11 Insider Preview (Build 25158), which is available now in the Dev Channel, will bring back some old taskbar features that some might appreciate, while adding new badges for widgets. Notification badges can act as an alert or warning for various widgets, such as weather, and you indicate the number of notifications awaiting consultation.
As you can see in the screenshot above, you can click on the notification badge to open the widget table. A new banner at the top of the table will provide more information about what triggered the notification badge. Of course, you can disable the feature or remove the widget icon from the taskbar.
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What other changes does the new build of Windows 11 bring?
In addition to badges for widgets, Microsoft is currently testing three different visual changes for the taskbar. One uses the usual search icon, while two others include a small or large search bar in the taskbar. Microsoft wants to get feedback from its Insiders on these changes before rolling them out more widely. Unfortunately for those who were hoping to change the location of the taskbar, Microsoft has officially announced that it will stay on the bottom, period.
Windows 11 Build 25158 also allowsenable DNS over TLS – a new protocol in addition to DNS over HTTPS (DoH) which is already included in the operating system. DNS over TLS is not a feature that requires advanced steps and can only be enabled using the command line.
Other than that, Windows Insiders in the Dev channel will also be able to start testing a new Camera app for Windows 11. The design has been updated to match Windows 11, and it now includes support for scanning QRs and barcodes.