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New graphics ^
In general, there were no major changes in the graphic design. It is still the same old Windows 10/Windows Server 2019. The only thing I have noticed is that the icons in the Start menu are a bit nicer looking.
After going a bit deeper in personalization settings, I found that you can now enable Light mode on Windows Server 2022, the same as is available in Windows 10. I suppose this is a matter of taste. I prefer Dark mode.
The last thing I noticed was a small change in the system settings. Some of the radio buttons were replaced by checkboxes, for example, in the Multitasking section.
Microsoft Edge ^
Edge is now available as the default browser in Windows Server 2022. There's good news for those who do not intend to browse the web from a server installation—it can be uninstalled. This can save you from some unwanted updates.
Settings and user experience ^
A small change was made to the Alt+Tab option in Multitasking settings. According to available options, pressing Alt+Tab should also show all or recent tabs in Edge. It seems this option is not yet working, as the tabs were not shown. Well, we are in preview, right?
Several new options were added to the Tablet mode settings. They are related to a situation when you have a touch screen device, but you are using classic desktop mode, not tablet mode. Honestly, I have never used tablet mode on a server installation. Most of the server-related work is done on virtual machines, and connecting to a VM via remote desktop from my tablet just offers a standard desktop experience. Does anyone know what this is good for?
Notifications & Actions has a new edit interface for quick actions. Those are edited directly in the notification center, unlike previous versions, where they were edited in Settings.
The ability to project to this PC, aka Miracast, available since Windows 8.1, really grabbed my attention. If you are not familiar with Miracast, it allows you to stream the screen over WiFi to an external TV or monitors. I can't really imagine how this would be used in reality. Who would like to project his PC or phone screen to a server screen?
Some new options were also added to the Storage and About sections of the settings. However, those are mostly just links to different tools such as Device Manager, Advanced settings, etc.
Last, but definitely not least, is time zone configuration. I'm sure most of you remember the bug that prevented time zone change from the settings, which was not fixed for ages in Windows Server 2019. It was described well in this post by Wolfgang. This issue was finally fixed, and the time zone can now be configured from the settings.
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Final words ^
I'm not quite sure what to think about the changes we have covered today, even though we are still in preview. Transporting desktop features such as tablet mode, light theme, or Miracast to a server installation, especially in a world where almost everything is virtualized, does not make a lot of sense to me. All the small tweaks in the settings do not really offer a better work experience. What is your opinion? You can download Windows Server 2022 preview from Insider Portal.