By Delia / Last update February 16, 2022

The Windows 11 KB5010414 cumulative patch update is now rolling out to users of the production channel, and it's a big release with several new features. Unlike typical monthly updates, this update is part of Microsoft's plan to upgrade Windows 11 with new features in addition to the main feature updates. It brings support for new taskbar features such as "AirDrop" and clocks on multiple monitors. In addition, there are a bunch of general improvements and fixes that make it a significant update.

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Windows 11 KB5010414 is an optional update, so it won't actively download or install unless you explicitly click the Get Update button. Those who choose to install it will indirectly help Microsoft test next month's Patch Tuesday, and be considered "explorers". Remember, you can get the same set of change updates later in the March 2022 Patch Tuesday.

What's new in Windows 11 KB5010414 (Build 22000.527)

  • Android App available through the Microsoft Store.
  • Taskbar can now display the clock on multiple monitors.
  • Easily switch microphones from the taskbar and share windows of apps in Teams.
  • The recommendations section of the Start menu gets Office Web integration.
  • The Windows 11 widget panel now sits on the far left of the taskbar by default and can display the weather on the taskbar just like Windows 10's News and Interests. When you hover over the weather button on the taskbar, the widget panel with news feeds and other widgets will automatically launch.
  • Later this year, the widget panel will also get support for third-party apps.

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New features in the taskbar

A new feature in Windows 11 called "AirDrop" will reduce the need to move back and forth between applications when you want to share an application's window during a Microsoft Teams meeting. Microsoft Teams.

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According to Microsoft, the new window sharing experience in the Windows 11 taskbar can result in fewer interruptions during online meetings. To get started with it, you'll need to hover over the app in the taskbar and click on the new button that allows you to share a window with others in a meeting. When you share the screen, you can always click the "Stop Sharing" button, or switch to another application by clicking "Share this window".

Microsoft says this new feature will be useful for sharing PowerPoint slides with any video conferencing application (support for third-party applications is coming soon).

In addition, Microsoft is introducing support for a new mute and unmute button for the Windows 11 taskbar. This new feature will be very handy for users who frequently meet on Teams.

As you can see in the screenshot, you will be able to access the new mute or unmute toggle directly from the taskbar. This feature persists throughout the call, allowing you to mute/unmute the Teams microphone from anywhere, even if there are several windows open on the screen. It is currently only supported by Teams, but Microsoft may also introduce support for third-party applications through an API.

Other improvements to Windows 11 KB5010414

  • KB5010414 also brings a few other improvements. For example, you can now launch Office files directly from the Start menu in the browser.
  • This works when you access Office files through the recommendations section of the Start menu and the device does not have the appropriate Office license or the file is in OneDrive or SharePoint.
  • If you have a valid license, the file will open in the desktop application as usual.
  • Similarly, cookies can now be shared between Microsoft Edge's Internet Explorer mode and Microsoft Edge.

Other fixes in Windows 11 KB5010414

  • Fixed an issue where the silent BitLocker enable policy did not work.
  • Fixed an issue affecting remote desktop applications.
  • Fixed an issue with right-to-left (RTL) language text displaying as left-aligned on the context menu.