Microsoft is reportedly preparing to introduce Resilient File System (ReFS) support on Windows 11. Found by Windows enthusiast XenoPanther and posted to Twitter, showing early work on bringing the file system back to Windows.
Specifically, ReFS is available in Windows 11 Preview build 25281 on the Dev Channel but it is currently disabled.
If you are unfamiliar with ReFS, it is a file system that Microsoft initially launched on Windows 8. Microsoft says it provides more performance and resilience compared to New Technology File System (NTFS) and higher data support.
ReFS is a file system that is more durable against data corruption. The format is used on machines that handle large amounts of data, making it ideal for enterprise users.
Back in 2017, Microsoft chose to remove ReFS support from Windows 10 Pro, leaving it only available on Windows Server versions of the OS. The company has so far not brought the support for the ReFS to Windows 11.
However, that is now changing. Of course, disabled preview features may not reach full release but it seems ReFS is something Microsoft will bring to the new Windows versions. It remains to be see which SKUs of Windows 11 the file system comes to.
Enabling ID 42189933 will allow you to install Windows to a ReFS partition without any other workarounds! pic.twitter.com/YO6aieo0fl
— Xeno (@XenoPanther) January 20, 2023
Mail App Update
In other Windows 11 news, I reported yesterday that Microsoft is working on replacing the stock Mail app in favor of One Outlook.
The native UWP Mail app will eventually be fully replaced by the One Outlook service and Microsoft is now adding a “Try the preview” to the native Mail on Windows 11 and 10. When the user selects the option, they are sent to the download page for the Outlook app on Windows.
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If you want to change that, check out our detailed BitLocker guide where we show you how to turn on encryption for your system disk or any other drive you might be using in your computer.