After years of complaints and jokes, Microsoft finally updated the volume user interface in Windows. Through several versions of Windows 10 and the initial release of Windows 11, the UI shown when adjusting the volume of a PC with physical buttons looked old and out of place. Microsoft fixed that with Windows 11 Build 22533, which recently shipped to Insiders in the Dev Channel. Our senior editor Zac Bowden checks out the new volume UI and the build’s other changes in his most recent build video.
While not brand new, there is an updated UI for the Tab Switcher on Windows 11 as well. The new ALT+TAB experience reduces the amount of blur shown on the desktop when using the Tab Switcher. Rather than blurring the entire desktop, Windows 11 will just blur a rectangle around the windows you can switch between.
Here’s a quick rundown of the changelog from Microsoft:
- We are resetting the rollout of the updated entry point for Widgets with weather on the taskbar first introduced with Build 22518. As a result, some Insiders who had this enabled may find it has reverted to the original experience as seen in released version of Windows 11. However, our intention is to quickly expand the rollout to the majority of Insiders in the Dev Channel.
- This build includes a good set of fixes and improvements but as always, be sure to check the known issues too.
- We’re rolling out a new Calls experience for the Your Phone app – details below.
- We are providing ISOs for this build which can be downloaded here.
- We have updated the flyout design for the hardware indicators for brightness, volume, camera privacy, camera on/off and airplane mode, to align with Windows 11 design principles. These new flyouts will appear when you press the volume or brightness keys on your laptop and will honor light/dark mode to give you a more coherent Windows experience. Brightness and volume indicators continue to be interactive with the update.
- You can now search for voice access from the taskbar and pin voice access to your taskbar or Start like other apps as well as turn it on/ off.
- We’re expanding the rollout of extending the 13 touch keyboard themes to IMEs, the emoji panel, and voice typing (first introduced with Build 22504) to all Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel.
- When you press WIN + X or right click the Start icon it will now say “Installed apps” in the menu instead of “Apps & Features”.
- It is now possible to uninstall the Clock app if you want.
You can read more about the update, including the available fixes in our piece covering the initial rollout of the build.