Microsoft released a new update to Windows 11 users in the Release Preview Channel – adding improvements to Bing Search, Taskbar, USB Printers, etc.
This cumulative update is an early look at next month’s Patch Tuesday update, containing important fixes and improvements to existing features. One of which includes bringing the Bing Chat to Taskbar’s search, for even quicker access than being in Windows Search.
A Quick Access to Bing Chat
One of the key areas Microsoft is focusing on lately is Bing – its native search engine, where the company integrated OpenAI’s GPT model into it for AI replies. This chat functionality has been popularized by ChatGPT, which is now indirectly available through Bing Chat.
Last month, Microsoft added Bing Chat to Windows Search via a button in the search panel. Now, with this new Release Preview Build, the company brings this Bing Chat to Taskbar’s Search for even quicker access. Well, this would be available only if you have been given access to the Bing preview.
And since Microsoft hasn’t brought Bing Search to Windows 11 yet, users will be redirected to the Edge browser for using this feature. Further, Microsoft will notify users of any updates regarding their Microsoft account through the Start menu. Users may see warnings for things like creating a backup of their files, although it’s available only to a small group of Insiders now.
Microsoft also mentioned improvements to Defender for Endpoint but didn’t mention any of them specifically. Anyhow, here’s the complete list of changelog of this update;
- This update addresses an issue that affects the combo box in Settings. It fails to show all the available options.
- This update addresses an issue that affects Microsoft PowerPoint. It stops responding. This occurs when you use accessibility tools.
- This update addresses an issue that affects Microsoft Narrator. It fails to read items in dropdown lists in Microsoft Excel.
- This update addresses an issue that affects USB printers. The system classifies them as multimedia devices even though they are not.
- This update addresses an issue that affects complexity policy settings for PINs. They are ignored.
- This update addresses an issue that affects the Fast Identity Online 2.0 (FIDO2) PIN credential icon. It does not appear on the credentials screen of an external monitor. This occurs when that monitor is attached to a closed laptop.
- This update addresses an issue that affects a Clustered Shared Volume (CSV). The CSV fails to come online. This occurs if you enable BitLocker and local CSV-managed protectors, and the system recently rotated the BitLocker keys.
- This update addresses an issue that affects Active Directory Users & Computers. It stops responding. This occurs when you use TaskPad view to enable or disable many objects at the same time.
- The update addresses an issue that affects the Remote Procedure Call Service (rpcss.exe). The issue might cause a race condition between the Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) and the Microsoft Remote Procedure Call (RPC) endpoint mapper.
- This update addresses an issue that affects Microsoft PowerPoint. It stops responding on the Azure Virtual Desktop. This occurs while you are using Think-Cell Features.
- This update addresses an issue that affects Windows Search. Windows Search fails inside of Windows container images.
- This update affects the Group Policy Editor. It adds Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.3 to the list of protocols that you can set.
- This update affects the Arab Republic of Egypt. The update supports the government’s daylight saving time change order for 2023.
- This update affects jscript9Legacy.dll. It adds ITracker and ITrackingService to stop MHTML from not responding.
- This update addresses an issue that affects the Microsoft HTML Application Host (HTA). This issue blocks code execution that uses Microsoft HTA. This occurs when you turn on Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) User Mode Code Integrity (UMCI) enforced mode.
- This update affects the Group Policy Management Console. It addresses a scripting error in the Group Policy Preferences window.
- This update addresses an issue that affects the Windows Remote Management (WinRM) client. The client returns an HTTP server error status (500). This error occurs when it runs a transfer job in the Storage Migration Service.
- This update addresses an issue that affects Desired State Configuration. It loses its previously configured options. This occurs if metaconfig.mof is missing.
- This update addresses an issue that affects the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) option 119 – Domain Search Option. The issue stops you from using a connection-specific DNS Suffix Search List.
- This update addresses a rare issue that might cause an input destination to be null. This issue might occur when you attempt to convert a physical point to a logical point during hit testing. Because of this, the computer raises a stop error.
- This update addresses an issue that affects the Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol (SCEP) certificate. The system reports some SCEP certificate installations as failed. Instead, the system should report them as pending.
- This update addresses an issue that affects the new Windows Runtime (WinRT) API. This issue stops an application from querying for location information using MBIM2.0+.
- This update addresses a known issue that affects kiosk device profiles. If you have enabled automatic logon, it might not work. After Autopilot completes provisioning, these devices stay on the credential screen. This issue occurs after you install updates dated January 10, 2023, and later.
This update is more like an early look at the Patch Tuesday update from April, thus optional. Interested users can try it if enrolled in the Release Preview Channel, or wait for it to become a mandatory update in April.