Windows 11 KB5011493 released with many new features

Windows 11 KB5011493 was released to everyone as part of the Patch Tuesday cycle and it comes with many new features. Microsoft has also published Windows 11 KB5011493 Offline installers and these installers can be used to manually upgrade devices to the latest version.

KB5011493 contains all the fixes and improvements from the previous optional cumulative update. Windows 11 Patch Tuesday introduces new features for the taskbar, but remember that these features are already enabled on your device if you install optional updates.

With the Windows 11 March 2022 Update, Microsoft has finally enabled new features for the taskbar. This includes a new tool for easily sharing content from other apps to Microsoft Teams when attendees are in a meeting. Similarly, Microsoft adds the clock to the dual monitor taskbars, which is useful if you have more than one monitor connected.

Microsoft has also fixed remaining performance issues in the operating system. This includes an error that affected the reading and writing speed of certain storage devices (SSD and HDD).

If you check for Windows 11 updates, you will see the following patch:

2022-03 Cumulative Update for Windows 11 for x64-based Systems (KB5011493)

Windows 11 KB5011493 Download Links

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Windows 11 KB5011493 (Build 22000.556) Important Change Log

As we mentioned at the beginning, you can quickly share the contents of open application windows directly from the taskbar.

This only works with Teams, but Microsoft previously confirmed that anyone can use the latest Windows 11 features in their apps, so taskbar integration is also coming to Zoom and other apps at some point in the future.

KB5011493 Windows Update

As you can see in the screenshot above, the Windows 11 taskbar feature eliminates the need to switch between Teams and other apps to share a specific window. You can simply hover over the app’s preview and click the new share button to share the content of the window in a Microsoft Teams meeting.

It’s worth noting that the new “Share this window” button will appear below the app preview on the taskbar and you can always click “Stop Sharing” to exit the sharing mode.

In addition, it is now possible to quickly mute and unmute Microsoft Teams calls from the taskbar (next to the system tray). By making it easier to mute Teams calls, Microsoft will eliminate the need to switch between Microsoft Teams and other apps just to mute the microphone.

This new experience promises a much better meeting experience, so users can stay focused.

Microsoft is currently testing the Teams window sharing feature with users who have work or school accounts. It will be released to the general public at a later time.

Other improvements in the March 2022 update

Microsoft has fixed several bugs in Windows 11. This includes an issue where the time zone menu feature in Settings appears blank for users. Fixed another bug where the Windows Search service stops responding when querying with the approximate operator.

Fixed another bug where Task Manager is unable to determine startup effect values. Microsoft has fixed an issue affecting dialog boxes in Microsoft Edge Internet Explorer mode. Similarly, the company has also fixed an issue where Edge Internet Explorer mode would stop working when the F1 key was pressed.

According to the changelog, there are fixes regarding drivers. For example, the company fixed an issue that prevented users from unloading or reloading when the system was using HVCI protection.

Other improvements:

  • Microsoft is changing the way the recommended section of the Start menu works with Office applications. Starting with Build 22000.556, the Start menu will attempt to open Office files in the browser if the file is synced to OneDrive.
  • Microsoft adds weather information to the left side of the taskbar. This will open the Tools panel if the taskbar is aligned in the center.
  • Microsoft has updated the taskbar to fix an issue where incorrect tooltips appear in an empty area.
  • Microsoft has fixed an issue that causes Offline Files on a network drive to disconnect.
  • Microsoft has improved support for non-volatile memory (NVMe) namespaces.

Watch out for the buggy Start Menu in Windows 11

As mentioned, the Windows 11 Tools button now appears on the left side of the screen by default if the Start button is center-aligned.

Unfortunately, the Tools button is sensitive and can react to cursor movements when you try to open the Start menu. This causes the Start menu to disappear as soon as you accidentally hover over the Tools button.

An increasing number of users are reporting issues with the Start menu disappearing unexpectedly and also seeming to conflict with the Tools feature. While it is a frustrating bug, it can be easily resolved if you simply hide or disable the tools button.