Microsoft released Windows 11 build 25158 today, but that’s not all that’s new for Windows Insiders. The company is also rolling out updates for various built-in Windows 11 apps, including the Camera app, which is getting arguably the most notable changes.

For starters, the Camera app is the latest to adopt a new Windows 11-style design, ditching the old look designed for Windows 10 (which itself was very close to the old camera app on Windows Phone). This new look changes the iconography and now uses rounded corners around the image in the viewfinder. The solid black background also gives way to a more common dark gray in Windows 11 apps. Microsoft also mentions support for scanning QR codes and barcodes as a new feature, but that appears to be available already.

Screenshot of the new Settings UI in the Windows 11 Camera app

The UI refresh also includes a new full-page settings UI with collapsible sections, so you can more easily find settings for photos, videos, and more. Although the page takes up most of the screen, you can still see a viewfinder preview, as shown above.

It’s not just the Camera app that gets updated, as the new Media Player app also gets an update to version 11.2206.30.0. This release adds support for CD ripping, so you can save tracks from your CDs as files on your PC. Support for CD playback was added earlier this year, extending these capabilities. This function supports music recording in AAC, WMA, FLAC and ALAC file formats.

Screenshot of CD ripping in Windows 11 Media Player app

Microsoft also announced that Media Player will become the default playback method for local video files in the future, replacing the Movies & TV app. If you are using a third-party video player, your default will not be changed. Movies & TV will effectively only be able to play movies and TV shows from the Microsoft Store, which coincidentally will make its name more accurate than when the app was first introduced.

Speaking of Movies and TV, Microsoft also announced that the app now offers native support for Arm64 devices, so performance should be a huge boost if you have PCs like the Surface Pro X.

All of these updates are rolling out to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel first, but they are not tied to a specific version. They should head to other channels and then to general users over the next few weeks.


Source: Microsoft