Windows 11, it’s time to ditch the Windows 7 and 8 era design

We know that Microsoft has several “Moment” updates planned for Windows 11 in 2023. They will bring new features and continue the physical transformation of the operating system.

On this subject, “sneak peeks” of these changes at the interface level were mentioned. They reveal what would be under development and soon offered through Previews published through the DEV channel of the Windows Insider program.

According to sources familiar with this folder Microsoft wants to replace pop-up alert boxes. This will be a significant change since the last evolution at this level dates from Windows 8. Windows 10 and certain features of Windows 11 are based on the approach of the Metro era. Microsoft has made it a mission to replace all remaining popups from that era with modern-looking WinUI versions.

Windows 11, its physical transformation will continue

In the following screenshot Microsoft is testing a new design for the Firewall alert box. It now uses WinUI and benefits from rounded corners. These alterations also concern the buttons inside the boxes.

Windows 11 – Modern interface for firewall pop-up alert box
Windows 11 – Modern interface for firewall pop-up alert box

As part of this acceleration of the modernization of the interface of Windows 11 Microsoft removes certain backgrounds by more classic choices with “common” colors like dark gray in dark mode and white in light mode. In one of the proposals, Microsoft clarified that one of the goals is to ” simplify the design to better focus on minor details.

Windows 11 – Modern interface for “Go back to Earlier build” pop-up alert box
Windows 11 – Modern interface for “Go back to Earlier build” pop-up alert box

As always, a lot can change in the next few months as Windows is still in development. Better, we would no longer be in a service type approach since Windows 12 would already be considered.

In the meantime, we are already benefiting from significant changes around major elements of the interface. WinUI now gives life to the Control Panel, the context menus or even the notification center. The next big date is scheduled for February or March 2023 with the launch of the Moment 2 update.

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