Microsoft optimizes the Windows 11 taskbar for tablets

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Microsoft has announced Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22563 for the Dev channel, and the biggest change is the introduction of a new tablet-optimized taskbar. There’s also the regular series of updates and smaller tweaks that give us a glimpse into the future of Windows 11.

Taskbar optimized for tablets in Windows 11

“We’re introducing a new taskbar state specifically designed to make you feel more confident and comfortable using your device as a tablet,” Microsoft said in a blog post for Windows Insiders.

With the new taskbar mode, you will get a collapsed and expanded view. In minimized mode, the taskbar slides out to allow you to interact with your touchscreen. In extended mode, you get a larger taskbar with buttons designed to be touched instead of clicked with a mouse. To switch, swipe up from the bottom of your convertible device.

If you’re using a 2-in-1 (required to use the new tablet-friendly taskbar), the taskbar will automatically switch to this new tablet version when you disconnect or fold the keyboard.

Windows 11's new taskbar mode
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Regarding the availability of this feature, Microsoft says, “We’re starting to roll out this feature, so it’s not available to all Insiders just yet, as we plan to monitor feedback and see how it lands before we release it. broadcast to everyone.”

Other changes in build 22563

Microsoft is also making some changes to widgets in Windows 11. It says, “We are experimenting with some changes to widgets to bring more dynamic content to your Widgets board, experimenting with bringing the widgets and newsfeed experiences together as a mix dynamic. feed containing both widgets and news content.

Another improvement is that searching from Quick Access now includes content from your OneDrive, Downloads, and any indexed location, making it much more useful.

If you’re an Edge user, browser tabs are now included in instant support suggestions.

The last significant change is that Windows Insiders can now use 37 additional emoji characters in the emoji picker as part of Emoji 14.0.

Of course, there are tons of minor tweaks and improvements listed in Microsoft’s blog post, which you should read before deciding whether to switch your PC to the Windows 11 dev channel.

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