Microsoft is rolling out a new update for the Windows 11 Camera App. The bump is part of the wider Windows 11 Insider Preview build 25182 that is debuting ahead of the weekend. It is available in the Dev Channel and also bundles in tweaks to the Microsoft Store and general fixes across the Windows 11 platform.
However, it is the native Camera app that is getting the most love. Perhaps the most interesting new feature is the ability to control the privacy shutter on supported camera hardware. For example, Microsoft's own Modern Webcam or the Dell Latitude 9420 and 5420.
This will allow the Windows 11 Camera app to automatically slide the shutter to give users more privacy. When the shutter is covering the camera or when the laptop is closed, the app will inform the user the camera is blocked. There will be available options on how to progress, such as opening the shutter, interacting with the camera on the keyboard, or touching a button on the device.
Elsewhere, the Camera app now also fully supports Arm64 devices like Microsoft's own Surface Pro X. Microsoft says this support means users on Arm64 hardware will have smoother and faster performance.
It is worth noting these features are rolling out as part of Windows 11 Camera version 2022.2207.29.0.
Microsoft updates native apps like Camera independently these days. That means when a new feature is ready, the app gets it as opposed to waiting for a full Windows feature update. So, once this latest Camera update passes through the preview process, it should land on stable release builds.
In other words, you shouldn't need to wait for Window 11 22H2 to receive this update.
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