Microsoft changes the Windows 11 Start menu for insiders • The registry

Microsoft’s unpaid testers will start to see improvements in the Windows 11 user interface.

Build 22509 arrived last night for Windows Insiders on the Dev Channel, and aside from making things a bit more accessible by improving the web browsing experience with Microsoft’s Edge browser and Narrator, there were a few tweaks. essential for the Start menu and the taskbar. .

Starting with the most shocking change in user experience for Windows 11, the Start menu, some easy-to-access options have been added. You can opt for more pinned apps or more recommendations to control the number of rows displayed. It’s not quite the “make it like Windows 10” that some users have been asking for, but it’s a step in the right direction.

And for fans of the Windows 10 Start menu, companies like Stardock will be happy to sell you something to give you that old Start menu feel. Just like it brought back the look of Start menus from yesteryear for Windows 10 denials.

Then there are people (like this writer) who never really got over the arrival of the Start button in Windows 95 and the eventual demise of progman.exe.

Exasperating not available to all insiders, but the clock and date appear on the taskbar of the second monitor (or monitors). Microsoft said it plans to “monitor [sic] comments to see how it lands before releasing it to everyone. “

The same phased deployment applies to changes with notifications; if you are one of the chosen few, three priority notifications will now be stacked and displayed at the same time.

Further tweaks resulted in moving more settings from the venerable Control Panel to the Settings app, and the operating system will remember whether Bluetooth or Wi-Fi was turned on in airplane mode. Usefully, Windows Sandbox now supports restarting inside its virtualized environment.

There was also the usual set of fixes. However, it’s the changes to the Start menu that will make users sigh with relief, even if the changes aren’t overwhelming. Hopefully they’re a sign of things to come and perhaps an unspoken acknowledgment from Microsoft that the Windows 11 UI may still need a little work. ®

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