Microsoft announces new tablet-friendly taskbar for Windows 11

Microsoft is making the Windows 11 taskbar a little more tablet-friendly soon. The software giant has started testing a new taskbar designed for tablet use, with a smaller collapsed state that only displays critical information such as time and date or network and data status. battery.

This tablet taskbar looks a lot less cluttered, thanks to hidden app icons, search, widgets, and the Start button. A new setting will automatically hide the taskbar when using a device as a tablet and provide more screen real estate for Windows 11 tablet users. If you wipe to reveal the full taskbar, widgets, button Start, search, and app icons are all much larger and easier to touch.

The new Windows 11 tablet taskbar.
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Along with changes to the taskbar, Microsoft is also changing how widgets work in Windows 11. Today’s new Dev Channel test build also includes more information and dynamic content in widgets.

“This should make it easier for you to discover and interact with new widgets and news content through your feed,” says the Windows Insider team. “This release aims to make widgets discoverable from the feed, and over time we plan to make the feed even more personalized.”

New widgets change in Windows 11.
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Microsoft is also testing 37 new emoji in Windows 11, including the troll, bean, and melting face emoji that are also making their way to Android, iOS, and other platforms with Emoji 14.0.

This latest Windows 11 test build will also include improvements to make it easier to snap the most relevant windows next to each other, with suggested Microsoft Edge tabs appearing in the snapping helper. You will now see the three most recent Edge tabs when attempting to smash a window, and this can be disabled in the Windows 11 settings section.

As always, these new Windows 11 features will be tested and modified and may not appear in the operating system for months. Microsoft Windows and Devices chief Panos Panay recently revealed that the company will add more features to Windows 11 in the coming months instead of waiting for a big annual release.

“Over time, you’ll see us releasing new features more frequently in Windows 11 for end users in addition to our annual update,” says Panay. “We will leverage the variety of update mechanisms we have in place, including Microsoft Store maintenance and updates. Our goal is to deliver continuous innovation, giving you the best experiences all year round.

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