Paint, Notepad, Photos, Media Player, Snipping Tool, Calculator, Voice Recorder and Alarm & Clock: Microsoft has given almost all the apps and tools included in Windows 11, the so-called built-in apps, a new coat of paint that reflects the new and further emphasize the consistent UX design of the operating system.
The redesign of the integrated applications is complete
It all started in September 2021 with the new preview of Microsoft Paint, which adopted the new Windows 11 UI design for the first time, followed by the new media player for internal users and the new Notepad, which launched in waves in November and December. Last year’s new operating system design language. The new photos app and the revised “One Outlook” email client also start here.
The following built-in apps, Microsoft talks about “inbox apps” in this case, have been completely visually overhauled and polished accordingly:
- media players
- Voice recorder
- cropping tool
- alarm and clock
The new Microsoft Store and the Smartphone-Link app have also been visually tweaked. As Microsoft has now announcedthe redesign now comes to an end with the release of the new voice recorder, which has once again been planned in waves.
Just like the old new computer, the new voice recorder will also have new features. This now starts even without a microphone connected and you can also import and play recordings saved in *.mp3 and *.flac format.
New apps for Insiders in preparation
Therefore, adjustments to apps regarding the release of the Fall 2022 Update, also known as Windows 11 22H2 (“Sun Valley 2”), should be complete for now. However, Microsoft is already promising to prepare new apps with a consistent design for participants in the Windows 11 insider program.
With the first feature update since the release of Windows 11, the user interface will also be adapted a bit again. In the future, the desktop will use its own image database by default Windows Featuredwhich in turn is powered by the Bing search engine.
In a one-minute video, Microsoft summarizes all the previous visual changes to Windows 11’s built-in apps.
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