Windows 11 makes some noise with oft-requested design change

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Microsoft making Long requested design change for Windows 11. As part of the latest Windows Insider Dev Channel build, the company is beta testing an updated volume slider, which now matches the look and feel of the rest of the operating system.

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Changes from previous versions left over from Windows 8, the Windows 11 Dev Channel beta version of the hardware indicator (slider) for brightness, volume, camera privacy, camera on/off and airplane mode now looks more modern. These are the flyouts that appear when you click on the volume or brightness keys on your laptop and will even respect your system’s dark mode or light mode settings.

New Windows 11 Volume Slider.

Microsoft moved these sliders from the top-left corner of the screen to the bottom. All sliders now float to the top of the taskbar, appearing as a round shape with a blue level in the middle to indicate a specific percentage (see above for an example).

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It’s important to note that this change is still in beta testing in the Windows Insider Program’s dev channel, so it is not tied to a specific Windows 11 release. That means it may not happen until the end of this year until everyone sees it for themselves.

It’s not only the big change that Microsoft is testing in Windows 11. After users complained that a full-screen Alt+Tab experience across the operating system was too distracting, Microsoft responded with another beta test of a new experience. In the current Dev Channel version of Windows 11, Alt+Tab now summons a thin bar with a slightly blurry background.

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It looks like it’s a big goal for Microsoft to clean up Windows 11 so that its visuals of apps and other experiences are in sync with each other. For example, today’s Windows 11 Dev Channel also improves the call experience with the Build Your Phone app. The call-in-progress window now includes new fonts, icons, and design changes to match Windows 11’s user interface. Rumor has it Clearing the dark mode in Windows 11 is another focus for Microsoft this year.




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