At the end of the line : Microsoft continues to modernize Windows components, aesthetically aligning them with the design language of its latest operating system, while making other fixes and improvements under the hood. In Insider Preview Build 22533 for Windows 11, these design changes are reflected in new hardware metrics for brightness, volume, airplane mode, and camera. The preview also brings small updates for the taskbar, the WinX menu, and Microsoft’s Your Phone app.
Rounded corner treatment is coming to the hardware indicators in Windows 11, replacing the vertical black bar from the Windows 8 era to control things like volume and brightness that we’ve grown used to for almost a decade.
Included in the latest version of Microsoft Insider preview, the modernized indicator removes the numerical value of the added minimalism and now appears horizontally just above the taskbar. The updated appearance of these controls honors the dark / light modes of the operating system and now closely matches their appearance in the Quick Settings panel.
The preview version also allows users to uninstall the default Clock app and allows them to find and / or pin the Windows 11 ‘Voice Access’ accessibility feature to the taskbar or Start for easy interaction. with the operating system via voice commands.
A more subtle change involves the WinX menu (Win + X), where the “Apps and Features” label has been renamed to “Installed Apps”. Additionally, Microsoft has updated the “In Progress” Calls window for its Your Phone app with new icons, fonts, and user interface, and has also included over a dozen fixes in this preview release.
Bug fixes in this release target the taskbar, general system stability, windowing, typing, and the Photos & Settings app. As expected, there are also several issues with these components that Microsoft has recognized. Insiders may experience issues when using the search feature or when changing the input method. Additionally, the signal strength of available Wi-Fi networks may be inaccurate and functionality of widgets may behave poorly when aligning the taskbar or when using multiple displays.
There is currently no deadline for when the aforementioned design changes and fixes on the Dev Channel will be released to the public, but it could end as part of a Windows 11 feature update scheduled for release. the second semester of this year.