Microsoft’s tablet-friendly taskbar returns in Windows 11 preview

Microsoft is bringing back its minimalist tablet-friendly taskbar, which only displays vital information when used with the touch interface, which first launched in February.

Windows 11 will find its taskbar adapted to tablets

Microsoft unveiled a less cluttered taskbar for Windows 11 in February that simply displays the time and date as well as a device’s network and battery status. On this day, September 11, The Verge announced that Microsoft was bringing back this tablet-friendly taskbar after its developers eliminated it in order to create a bigger room for internal upgrades.

According to Microsoft, the optimized taskbar is only accessible for 2-in-1 personal computers, which can be used as a tablet, and will be part of a major Windows Insider upgrade. This was stated by the company through a blog post where it also described what this feature is capable of.

To activate this tablet-compatible taskbar, a Windows 11 user must disconnect their keyboard by flipping it backwards. Once done, the screen will display a wide range of programs, widgets, and the Start button. In such a state, the functionality will seem perfectly suited to touch interfaces.

On the other hand, when not in use, the taskbar will disappear by itself to create a larger space for necessary things on the desktop screen. In this state, only vital information will surface, such as time and battery status, among others.

Despite developing new features for its hybrid gadget, Microsoft will not let its users who do not use its 2-in-1 device. Indeed, it will also provide other modifications compatible with devices that are not foldable in the most recent version of the software. These improvements relate explicitly to the system tray.

Newer versions may fix minor glitches in Windows function, task manager, and settings, as well as animated symbols and visuals in the sidebar of the Settings app whenever the user explores menu options.

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Launching Microsoft’s Windows 11 Taskbar Notification in August

Last month, Microsoft successfully rolled out its Windows 11 widget taskbar notification system to customers (via The Verge). It has updated its taskbar widget to include live animations, which will eventually lead to a fundamental change in the way things are done.

When it is sunny and pleasant outside, the widget displays a sunny symbol, but when it is dark or the sky has poured, it displays an umbrella symbol. Despite undergoing updates and being brought back in Windows 11 earlier this year, the widget has, for the most part, retained its traditional, unchanging form.

Windows 11 allows its users to receive alerts from a widget that appears on their taskbar if something important happens with respect to another widget they have. However, in cases where they just decide to let the alerts come and go, they will eventually disappear and bring the weather forecast back to its display.

On September 20, Microsoft plans to release the third major update to its operating system. It will tie into Windows 11, which will introduce a variety of new features, including new touch gestures.

Additionally, as The Verge reports, Microsoft may simplify the name of an upcoming update to alleviate the long-running confusion of terms it’s been using for its releases. With that, it could call its future system iteration “Windows 11 2022 Update”. The name has been speculated as a potential candidate for Microsoft’s next big operating system update.

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