Microsoft is testing new Windows 11 taskbar UI changes

San Francisco, July 14 (IANS): Tech giant Microsoft is experimenting with new changes to the Windows 11 taskbar UI as it tests the return of the familiar Windows 10 search bar.

Windows 11 currently comes with a search button on the taskbar, which can be disabled and only displays the search logo, reports The Verge

Microsoft is currently testing three different visual changes to the Search taskbar. One experiment is the usual search icon, while two others include a small or large search bar in the taskbar, according to the report.

The tech giant is seeking feedback on the changes before they’re rolled out more widely, and the tests are part of Microsoft’s new Windows 11 experimental features, which means they may not ship.

After recently bringing back the Weather widget to the Windows 11 taskbar, Microsoft is currently testing adding notification badges.

Notifications are designed for content like breaking news and look like the badges you’ll find in the Action Center on the right side of the taskbar.

“When you open the Widgets table, a banner will appear at the top of the table providing more information about what triggered the notification badge,” said Windows Insider chief Amanda Langowski.

Along with UI testing, Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel will also be able to start testing a new Camera app for Windows 11.

The design has been updated to match Windows 11 and now includes support for QR and barcode scanning. A new Media Player update is also available for testing, with the ability to rip CDs to AAC, WMA, FLAC, and ALAC files.

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Steven L. Nielsen