The latest Windows 11 preview build brings significant visual changes, and there’s also a new look for the Your Phone app.
Windows 11, launched for mainstream users on October 5, brought a major but incomplete user interface (UI) overhaul to Windows with new widgets, Start menu designs and more.
Microsoft has now released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22533 on the Dev Channel, advancing the company’s goal to overhaul the design of the Windows user interface and its key apps.
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Since the consumer release of Windows 11, Microsoft’s Dev and Beta channel preview builds have shown how Microsoft is aligning the look of its apps with the new operating system, including Office apps and core apps. like Notepad, which gained dark themes, rounded window corners, refreshed icons, and new opaque backgrounds.
The “Windows Inbox” app category has also been refreshed for Windows 11, such as the new video-enabled media player, calculator, snipping tool, photos and mail, and calendar. Meanwhile, Microsoft has been testing more pinning choices in the Start menu.
Build 22533 brings mobile-inspired updates to the design of the flying indicators for settings that users adjust with hardware keys such as brightness, volume, camera privacy, wake-up status and disable camera and airplane mode. Flyouts appear at the top of the taskbar and on system-level dark or light theme settings.
Again, these visual updates are intended to “align with Windows 11 design principles,” say Microsoft Windows Insider program managers Amanda Langowski and Brandon LeBlanc.
There is also a new calls experience for the Your Phone app on Windows 11. Your Phone is a feature bridge between Android (primarily Samsung Galaxy phones) and Windows 11. Dev Channel users will see a new call window. call in progress with updated icons and fonts. , and other Windows 11-inspired design changes. Microsoft says making calls should still work with the new UI, but it’s asking for feedback on this.
Other changes in this preview include the ability to search for Voice Access from the taskbar, pin Voice Access there or start, and toggle Voice Access on or off.
As Microsoft picks up the pace of things in 2022, it looks like it’s addressing issues with key operating system features that plagued it before and after the consumer release around the Start menu, widgets, taskbar, etc. Microsoft has multiple fixes for each of the Windows 11 elements it has struggled with, including Windows Sandbox, Taskbar, and Settings.
However, there are still known issues affecting startup, taskbar, search, and widgets. Details are in the release notes.