Windows 11: the taskbar gets a makeover on tablets

Windows 11 welcomes a new update intended for the Insider program. It mainly brings fixes, but also an improvement concerning the taskbar. Additionally, Microsoft now offers testers easy switching between channels.

The new Windows 11 update is available to members of Microsoft’s Insider Program. This version (build 22581) is deployed both on the Dev channel and on the Beta channel. Testers can therefore juggle between the two.

Usually, it’s the Dev channel that benefits from the latest news, but this time, everyone is served. It is therefore possible to change the channel, specifies Microsoft. For that, nothing could be simpler:

  • Go to Settings, then Windows Update
  • Then go to the Insider Program menu
  • Once done, you can select your channel.

Why change channels? Simply to benefit from a more stable version on the Beta channel if you are on the Dev. The next update you receive will also be tailored to the program you are enrolled in.

Windows 11 brings changes to the taskbar

This build 22581 mainly fixes. Thus, bugs are corrected in the file explorer, in the start menu or in Focus mode, which allows all notifications to be deactivated.

Read also – Windows 11 test: Microsoft is making its revolution smoothly

The only notable novelty relates to the taskbar. It is now optimized for tablets running on the OS. As we can see, it juggles between two statuses, the first reduces it to a minimum and only shows the important info (battery, time, wi-fi), the second is a more extensive version that allows you to see the icons you have pinned. This taskbar was already available for some Insiders, here it is now deployed for everyone.

While Windows 10 had somewhat abandoned the world of tablets, Windows 11 is trying to come back in force by offering navigation adapted to touch. This new taskbar is totally in line with this logic. This update shouldn’t arrive right away for regular users. They will probably have to wait a few weeks before enjoying it.

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