In the most recent Windows 11 preview, Microsoft is bringing back its taskbar that was last seen on tablets. The taskbar was first unveiled in February along with other new features that would be arriving in Windows 11 when it eventually became available. It was later removed for more internal development.
In a blog post, Microsoft stated that the taskbar is only accessible for PCs that can be used as tablets, such as 2-in-1s, and is not available for laptops or desktop PCs. The taskbar is a part of an update that is being sent out to Windows Insiders in the developer builds.
Here’s how the taskbar works: when a tablet is not in use, the taskbar itself is intended to be hidden, freeing up additional essential screen space. When compressed, it displays important information such as the clock and battery level. While extended, it shows a number of applications, widgets, and the Start button. And when in use, it appears to be more suited for touch. When it is detached or when the keyboard is folded back on a 2-in-1 device, the taskbar is made to return to its optimal position.
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In its most recent version, Microsoft is releasing more capabilities, particularly for the System Tray that function on devices other than 2-in-1s. The most recent update adds animated icons and graphics to the Settings app’s sidebar whenever you hover over the menu items. A few bug fixes have also been included in the Settings, Widgets, Task Manager, and Windowing upgrades.