Microsoft released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22610 Friday, a new build with a revived feature that many have appreciated for years: the “estimated drain time” associated with the battery icon in the taskbar.
The new build has been released for both Dev And Beta channels, so there is a good chance these new features will be released to the general public.
The latest preview version does not offer many new features. Instead, the focus is on fixes for the current Windows 11 experience: some that are important and some that aren’t. But changing to the battery icon is a small but significant development – if your computer supports it.
At some point, Windows 10 PCs will tell you both your laptop’s battery percentage as well as the “estimated time to discharge” just by hovering over the battery icon, but Microsoft pulled the feature early in the operating system’s life Windows 10 – Probably due to discretion can change significantly based on your user behavior. It looks like this will change: “If your PC supports it, we will now display the estimated battery life timing in the battery icon tool tip in the system tray with the latest Insider Preview builds,” build notes for Windows 11 Build 22610 say.
Unfortunately, our test machine, the Surface Laptop 3, doesn’t have this capability, so we can’t show you how that works. Hopefully more laptops will start supporting it in the future.
Microsoft is also making some tweaks to its icons, including new Windows 11 icons that the company added to the File Explorer menu. The “rename” icon receives a change so that what it’s doing is more clear. Others are modified, including the “properties” wrench icon. (This was one of our complaints in our original review of Windows 11.)
Other small changes include:
Microsoft has turned off the feature that separates the taskbar icons slightly from one another while devices like the Surface Pro 8 are in tablet mode. Microsoft said it plans to improve the experience, then bring the feature back.
Task Manager’s featured heatmaps will now reflect your accent color.
Your phone has been replaced by “Phone Link” in the Settings menu, according to a recent Microsoft rename.
Microsoft has also pulled support for SMB1 from the Dev and Beta channels. SMB1, an insecure network protocol used by some older consumer NAS devices, is being removed from Windows. It is disabled by default, and binaries will be removed from the future release as well. This was announced by Microsoft Ned Pyle on April 19.
“Having to save this Home edition behavior for last, it will cause consumer pain among people still using very old equipment, a group less likely to understand why their new Windows 11 laptop can’t connect to their old one,” Pyle wrote. ( The link links to an unofficial list of consumer NAS devices that use SMB1.)