The new Insider Preview of Windows 11 contains an interesting innovation for the taskbar. There are also other improvements.
Windows 11 gets taskbar overflow
There is not much space in the Windows 11 taskbar for icons. But a remedy is coming, because the taskbar overflow from previous Windows versions is returning to Windows 11. In the new Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25153, testers can now test the function. Microsoft is gradually improving the taskbar, after there had been a lot of criticism of it at the start. We also found the Windows 11 taskbar in our test to be a step backwards compared to Windows 10.
This is behind the innovation in the taskbar
But what actually is the taskbar overflow? The answer: If there are too many icons in the taskbar, then three dots “..:” appear at the right end, via which all icons of applications that no longer have space in the taskbar can be displayed. The taskbar overflow is therefore interesting for all Windows 11 users who have many applications pinned to the taskbar and/or many applications open at the same time.
“We’re reintroducing the taskbar overflow with a redesigned experience for Windows 11,” the developers explain in a blog post, adding: “This taskbar was carefully designed to give you a more productive toggle and boot experience, when space is limited.”
For the entries displayed in the taskbar overflow, all functions are available that are also available for the icons displayed “regularly” in the taskbar. So you can right-click on it to pin an application, for example.
The other improvements in build 25153
Nearby sharing now also uses UDP for device discovery
In the Build 25153 release notes, Microsoft lists other improvements. For example with the “share nearby” function. The UDP protocol is now used in addition to Bluetooth to detect nearby devices with which to exchange content. This means that PCs and laptops in the vicinity, for example, can now be discovered and data can be exchanged with them.
The “Onedrive” entry has been added to the “Share” selection window. For example, if the user wants to share a document or image, there is not only a mail client to choose from – as before – but also Onedrive. With one click, the content can be transferred to Onedrive.
Last but not least, the developers are also updating the Microsoft Store app to version 22206.1401. All content now shows the price and (if available) the price saving more clearly. For games that have different editions, users will now find a clearer indication of this.