It took almost 10 years, but Windows is finally getting a new, modern volume indicator. Microsoft is bringing a long-requested design change to Windows 11. As part of the latest release of Windows Insider Dev Channel, the company is beta testing an updated volume slider, which now matches the look and feel of the rest of the operating system.
Originally introduced in Windows 8 in 2012, the black bar that appears when you adjust the system volume using a keyboard or other device is finally gone. Microsoft is replacing it with a volume indicator that matches the general design of Windows 11.
Unlike previous versions of Windows 8, beta versions of Windows 11 in the Dev channel of hardware indicators (sliders) for brightness, volume, camera privacy, camera on and off and airplane mode now have a more modern feel. These are the sliders that appear when you click the volume or brightness keys on your laptop and will even adhere to your system’s dark mode or light mode settings.
Microsoft has moved these sliders from the upper left corner of the screen to the bottom. All sliders now float above the taskbar, appearing as a round shape with a blue level in the middle to indicate a specific percentage.
It is important to note that this change is still in beta testing in the Dev channel of the Windows Insider program, and therefore is not tied to a specific version of Windows 11. This means that it may need to be. be waiting until the end of the year so that everyone can see it for themselves.
For example, the Dev Channel version of Windows 11 released today also improves the calling experience with the Your Phone app. The Call In Progress window now includes new fonts, icons, and design changes that match the Windows 11 user interface. “This update includes a new Call In Progress window with icons and Updated fonts, as well as other user interface changes that align with the improved design of Windows 11, ”says Langowski.
The first major update for Windows 11 is expected in the summer of this year, and there’s a chance subtle refinements like this will be part of the launch. Rumor has it that cleaning up Dark Mode in Windows 11 will be another priority for Microsoft this year.