Microsoft also offered an updated capture tool to testers.
Microsoft has revamped some of the preloaded apps in Windows 11, including the Snipping Tool, Calculator, Mail, and Calendar apps. You can try the update yourself if you are part of the Windows Insiders development channel.
Windows 11 apps get a sleek new look
In an article on Windows Blog, Microsoft has given readers a preview of what the updated Windows 11 apps will look like.
On the one hand, Microsoft is throwing away the classic Snip & Sketch and Snipping Tool, and replacing both with a redesigned version of the Snipping Tool. According to Microsoft, the updated app “represents the better experience of the two apps.”
The Capture tool will allow you to use the Win + Shift + S keyboard shortcut for taking screenshots, which can be second nature if you’re already using it with the Snip & Sketch tool.
It comes with a settings page and several new options for taking screenshots: Rectangular Snip, Freeform Snip, Windows Snip, and Fullscreen Snip. You are also free to annotate your screenshots and take advantage of the improved cropping tools.
You can also set the theme for the Capture tool separately from the Windows theme. This means you can switch to dark mode without affecting the rest of your apps.
Fans of the preloaded Windows mail and calendar apps will also be delighted. Not much has changed except that both apps now have rounded corners that complement the new look of Windows 11. You can also use dark mode with these apps, which you can already do in Windows 10.
Finally, the very useful Calculator app has received a small tweak to its appearance. Just like with the Capture tool, you will be able to use it in dark mode. Additionally, the app has been rewritten in C #, which means more developers can make their own contributions on GitHub.
Windows 11 launch date is getting closer
Rumor has it that Windows 11 is slated for release in October 2021. If that does materialize, we are getting closer to its launch date.
But if you still can’t wait to try Windows 11, sign up for the Windows Insider Program (if you haven’t already). Registration gives you exclusive access to Windows 11, as well as all of the latest Windows features.
Just keep in mind that if you are not in the dev channel, you will not yet have access to the updated Calculator, Capture Tool, Messaging, and Calendar apps. It’s unclear when Microsoft plans to release the update for all other testers.
Windows 11’s fifth update keeps up the pace.
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