Windows 11 Build 22567 – Tablet UX Updates + MORE
Video now today were taking a look at windows, 11 build 22 567 and all of the recent tablet mode improvements. Microsoft has introduced to the insider program over the last few weeks. So yes, for some reason, microsoft remembered that windows runs on tablets sometimes and have decided to improve that experience significantly in the last few insider builds uh. So diving straight in lets, take a look at whats new uh. You may already noticed it. The taskbar down here has been minimized and now its designed to get out of the way you know if youre using windows on a tablet, its usually a smaller device, perhaps a 10 inch device – maybe 12 inch 13 inch. You want to use as much of that screen as possible when youre within an app or apps. So now the taskbar is designed to get out of the way uh to access it. I can just swipe up from the bottom here and that will pull up the familiar taskbar interface, but its now been thickened slightly as well. So the hit targets for these icons and stuff are now much bigger and thats a good thing for tablet. Users. Of course you know it, you want big touch targets to be able to access things with ease, and then, if i go ahead and open an app here, youll see that the taskbar automatically minimizes to give my app as much display room as possible, which is really Nice again, i can access it at any point just by swiping up from the bottom, and that reveals the taskbar like so now.
There are also gestures for accessing system elements such as start. I can swipe up from the bottom again here to pull up the start menu. I can swipe up from the corner to access the quick settings panel. I can swipe in from the right here to access the notification shade and i can swipe in from the left, to open up my widgets panel as well. All of that works, just like you would expect, except some of those gestures, are now fluid gestures as i like to call them. So what do i mean by fluid gestures? Well, in previous versions of windows, the animation was preset, which meant no matter how fast or slow i was doing it or no matter the position of my finger on the display the animation would complete before i was done doing it essentially, so you know the widgets Panel, here is still doing that, so i can demo it to you. If i pull out the widgets panel slowly here, youll see that it doesnt matter its just going to open fully regardless of the position of my finger or how fast i was pulling out that gesture. The start menu stuff has been updated with fluid animations. As i call it so now, if i swipe up from the bottom here and then swipe up the start, menu youll see that it follows my finger, its stuck to my finger, and this makes the ux feel way more fluid.
So i can pull this up really fast or i can pull it up nice and slowly. If i wanted to doesnt matter its stuck to my finger, its not its no longer a preset animation, its a fluid animation. Its following my finger same goes for the quick settings panel, as you can see here its pulling up slowly or i can pull it up really fast and then, of course same goes for the notification shade on the left here its following my finger and the ux As a result feels way more fluid its a big change, its a subtle change, but its a big deal for those of you who pay attention to that sort of design, the ipad and ipad os. Does this very well? A lot of the gestures are fluid gestures, theyre tied to your finger theyre, not just playing a preset animation. Like i said, the widget panel here is not yet fluid. Hopefully they update that before this release, finalizes but yeah, you can see the difference and it really and you can feel it you may not be able to. You – may not notice it as youre watching this video, but as im doing the interaction. I can feel that that is not a fluid gesture and it feels disjointed, as a result, its just just popping out before im done initiating that panel, so thats the difference between fluid gestures and sort of preset animation gestures. I think its a really big deal and i think it will enhance the windows.
11 uh tablet, ux quite significantly, and im really glad to see it here running on windows. 11. Finally, now microsoft has also introduced the same sort of fluid gesture for minimizing apps youve, always been able to minimize apps on windows 11 with a three finger swipe down, but that was a preset animation in this build its finally no longer a preset animation. So i can use my three fingers here: grab it and then slowly move it down and as you can see its following my finger perfectly, i can move it all the way to the bottom or i can bring it back and that works as you would expect, Which is pretty fancy uh. Microsoft has also introduced a snap bar uh, which we have taken a look at in previous builds, but um. I think it enhances the tablet experience quite significantly. If we open up a few apps here, im gon na, say settings as well. Uh, the snap bar makes it easier to snap into more than just side by side. Of course, you can still do that by dragging to the end, and i think that is the easiest way to initiate side by side snapping. But what if you want more than side by side? What, if you want one on the left and then two apps in a quadrant sort of formation? Well, we can do that. So if we click these out of here – and i start moving the window around youll notice that at the top there, the snap bar as i like to call it reveals itself, and it allows me to initiate snapping grids of any kind using my finger.
So i can now snap this into the layer. I was just referring to and thats pretty nice right, thats, a big productivity feature that i think is going to make using tablet mode and initiating snapping grids in tablet mode way, easier, theres also the updated resizing animation here, which kind of sometimes works. Lets get this side running side by side uh. Oh weve had a little bit of a bug there. There we go if we do this sort of like that. Youll see that one of the apps that the app that isnt active will display its icon rather than trying to resize, both at once and thats supposed to make the the experience a little bit more fluid. And i think it does its not perfect. As you can see here, it still looks a little bit laggy, but its certainly working better than it did before, especially on older devices. So another new gesture, theyve added, is within the start menu itself. You can now access the apps list and stuff straight using a gesture rather than having to tap on this tiny button up here, which, as you can see, is quite difficult to do. I just missed it a bunch of times uh so now from wow really from now on. I can just simply swipe over like so and oh, oh, you see that this is another great example. This this gesture is not fluid its a preset animation. I could tell instantly just by using it whenever i swipe over no matter the speed its going to just play that animation to its completion at the set speed.
Microsoft is set its not following my finger. I could tell straight away the second. I did that that was not a fluid gesture and you will begin to notice that now that other areas of the system are fluid once you once you sort of get a taste for it, youre, like oh wow, thats, very fluid. Oh thats not fluid its a priest animation, it looks fine, it looks fluid its, but it doesnt feel it when using it. It doesnt feel fluid and thats a big deal so yeah um thats. Hopefully they change that to make that fluid as well. But you can now finally access the apps list using a gesture which makes it a lot easier same for the recommended if i had more uh overflowing into the recommended menu. I could do that same gesture down here and it would pull up the recommended page and that would look pretty fancy now. Do you want to quickly take a look at the touch keyboard which isnt specifically new in these insider preview, builds its actually shipping already as part of windows 11, but i just wanted to take a look at it because its a huge improvement over the windows 10 Tablet mode keyboard, uh, the gestures are nice, the animations are nice, the sounds are nice and just this experience makes typing on windows. 11 tablets a joy. You know we have access to our emoji panel down here, which also has gifs.
Of course we have um. Our click cloud clipboard – if we have that enabled we can start sort of seeing copied content across devices and stuff that all works super well. We also have um different keyboard layouts. We have a small keyboard layout here, which is great for using it in your hand, and you just want to do a quick type out with one of them, which is pretty nice theres. Also, the split keyboard, which is great, if youre, using it with two hands, and then we also have the traditional layout, which is a much larger sort of keyboard design, with more controls and stuff, such as a function key, which is for power. Users really – and you know you get your number at the top here, which is super nice and all of these support swiping, so i can say hey and that works as expected, and this is powered by swiftkey, i believe, hey there. This is a test and that works as you would expect, so. The swift key sort of swiping experiences here on windows 11 as well, and that works pretty nicely as well. So those are all the big sort of changes to tablet mode. Over the last few weeks, there is another one that i cant really show you on this device, but microsoft has changed it. So if youre running windows 11 on a device with a sub 11 inch screen, i believe uh apps will automatically run full screen, which makes a lot more sense.
This is a 13 inch display, so apps wont do that, but on a device with a sub 11 inch display, i believe it is anyway. Um apps will automatically run full screen. So, if youre running on a surface go for example, actually i do have one here lets see if this will function as its supposed to so yeah here is a first gen surface, go which technically isnt supported anymore, but it has a 10 inch display. So if i tap on one of these icons here, youll see that in theory – yes, it opens full screen like so, and that is the case for i think every app here really yes, every app that you run will automatically launch in full screen mode because thats, What its been designed to do now on windows 11 with a device with a sub 11 inch display so thats pretty cool, so uh now were done with the tablet mode stuff. I did want to just take a look at some of the other changes. Theyve introduced to the windows builds over the last few weeks, starting with the quick settings panel. The bluetooth setting here is now uh more advanced. You can actually configure your bluetooth devices and see their status straight through the quick settings panel instead of being thrown into the settings app now, which is really nice all right. So if we jump into settings here, we can uh start taking a look at some other features here.
Uh windows update is committed to helping reduce carbon emissions. This is a new feature that microsoft is working with his partners on uh, so this wont work everywhere in the world, but if you are in an area where it does work, uh windows update will now try to install updates only when your electricity grid is using Uh renewable energy for the most part, or at least when its using as much renewable energy as possible, and this by results will reduce your carbon emissions um again, this wont work everywhere in the world. But if you are on an area where it does um, microsoft will try its best to sort of schedule updates where your pc is using as much renewable energy as possible. Uh also new in the builds, is a new ui for the sort of um app picker. When opening a certain file type that windows isnt familiar with, as you can see here, we now have a brand new ui, and this allows me to open or select an app here and choose allow always or just once, which is pretty nice. You can also browse apps by the microsoft store or go into a bigger window here, which will give you more control over which apps you have installed, which is pretty nice now. Another change microsoft has made is theyve added, um individual tabs to the snapping layout. Whenever windows suggests apps to snap, it will also include tabs now. So, if i open up say a number of apps here, oh well, thank you for closing.
Lets. Try that again lets try bing.com just simple apps here and then microsoft.com, maybe, and now, if i snap this out to the side, youll see that the other tab here is now being suggested. Even though i have only one app window open, the tabs are now showing up in this uh sort of suggested window for snapping as well, and if i tap on that, it will pull out that tab from that window and create its own window for that web. Page, which is pretty cool so there we are, i think, thats everything that weve really caught up on over the last few weeks. Thank you so much for watching and we shall see you in the next one.