Windows 11: Redesigned native apps now available for more users

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This 12 months’s first massive Windows replace is all about refreshed apps for Windows 11. Microsoft is rolling out a brand new Notepad app, Windows Media Player and Photos app’s new picture editor expertise to more users. While the brand new Notepad is at the moment available to Beta Channel users, the Photos app and Media Player are now available for everybody.

As you’re most likely conscious, Windows 11 is all about design enhancements and Microsoft has been attempting to make its native apps match the brand new appear and feel. At the time of the Windows 11 launch, some apps felt misplaced, comparable to Notepad and Groove Music. The firm is now attempting to replace these apps with a brand new unified design so they give the impression of being related.

This week Microsoft is making the Notepad app available for users within the Beta Channel, which implies it will probably now be put in on Windows 11 Build 22000 or newer. Notepad, which stays the go-to app for most users, is getting help for darkish mode, redesigned menus, and a devoted settings web page.

Notepad context menu

Windows Notepad refresh retains the acquainted design with a contact of WinUI and Fluent Design. For instance, Notepad now makes use of rounded corners on the right-click context menus, top-level home windows, menus, pop-up notifications, discover instrument, and more.

Microsoft has additionally enabled help for new icons and animations primarily based on WinUI. There’s a brand new settings web page that permits you to change the font and theme for the app (together with darkish mode!). You’ll have the ability to modify the built-in settings to permit more file sorts to be accessible.

After this launch, Notepad has change into a Store-updateable software and it has its personal web page on the Microsoft Store.

At the second, Notepad is available to beta channel users solely and it’ll start rolling out to most people quickly.

Photos app

Microsoft’s redesigned Photos app is now available for everybody and it contains help for a brand new cropping instrument, side ratio choices, and more. You may simply customise the pictures, make changes to lights, and use new mark-up choices.

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The cropping instrument now opens throughout the picture preview display and you can even browse between a number of photos with out switching between photos, due to the brand new bar that seems on the backside.

Groove Music is now Windows Media Player

For users exterior Windows Insider Program, Microsoft is changing Groove Music with Windows Media Player. The redesigned Media Player is predicated on Groove Music and it additionally enables you to play movies together with MKV and MP4s.

Media Player video library

It’s essentially the most important replace of Groove Music in years, just like Notepad refresh on Windows 11. However, don’t count on important modifications to total efficiency and supported video format.

That’s as a result of Windows Media Player is predicated on Groove and Movies & TV app idea, so it’s not prepared to interchange highly effective media gamers like VLC and MPV.

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