Microsoft is testing a new design for Windows 11’s Shut down dialog

Windows 11 launched last year, and if you’ve already downloaded and installed it, you’re probably aware that the operating system is far from finished. Unlike Windows 7 and older versions, Windows 11 still feels like a work in progress. The company continues adding new features, and design consistency is still missing.

Microsoft recently redesigned the ‘Open with’ dialogue from the Windows 8-era, and the tech giant is now exploring new design ideas for the Shutdown dialogue. We’re talking about the desktop shutdown dialogue when you press Alt + F4.

As you can see in the below screenshot, the new design removes the Windows logo and ‘This PC’ icon from the Shutdown dialogue. The redesigned Shut down dialogue promises a simplified look and uses the system colour accent. Additionally, there is another experimental design that applies Mica to the title bar of the dialogue.

Windows 11 Shut down dialog UI

This redesigned Shut down dialogue was quietly added to Windows 11 with Build 25174.

We’re expecting another update to the Shutdown dialogue that will bring WinUI design material to the buttons and dropdown menu.

Shut down dialog

While some of us may not like dramatic design makeovers, in many ways, this is for the best. The Windows 10 that many of us use today remains supported and is likely to stay stable as Microsoft is busy with the development of Windows 11. If you prefer the new design direction and a few new features, Windows 11 is for you.

It is also worth noting that Windows 10 that we use today is different from the Windows 10 that launched in 2015. In the past few years, Microsoft has added some useful features to the operating system.

Windows 11 will eventually get better.

Microsoft will continue to update Windows 11 and improve it in the coming years. The downside of Windows 11 as a service approach is that it makes the operating system feel unfinished.

As for the redesigned Shut down dialogue, we may see this arrive later this year or next year via smaller monthly updates. The first major update to Windows 11, codenamed “Sun Valley 2″, which is scheduled to release later this year, won’t ship with this new Shut down redesign.

Windows 11 version 22H2 (Sun Valley 2) is expected to launch with many new features later this year. This includes a new Task Manager that supports dark mode and modern WinUI, an updated taskbar with drag and drops support, a performance-friendly context menu, tabs in File Explorer, and much more

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