Though the Taskbar in Home windows 11 has confronted backlash from the general public for numerous causes, Microsoft has been regularly experimenting with it. Latest examples embrace overflow controls and a search widget. Now, it looks like the corporate is likely to be secretly engaged on a rounded Taskbar too.
As may be seen above, the rounded Taskbar appeared for a Reddit person u/caipira113 on the newest Home windows 11 Dev Channel construct 25174. The person alleges that the identical factor occurred with them on the sooner construct 25131. Nonetheless, the individual now has video and photographic proof of it, not like final time. The Taskbar is floating a bit too as may be seen within the picture beneath:
In keeping with the OP, the rounded Taskbar randomly appeared and continued even after show driver updates. That mentioned, it disappeared after the person restarted explorer.exe through Command Immediate.
After all, there may be some hypothesis that this is likely to be doctored proof. Neowin’s co-founder Steven Parker expressed his considerations on the Reddit thread, saying that possibly the tweaking was completed with a third-party software like RoundedTB, which was then uninstalled. So, when explorer.exe was restarted any modifications made by the applying had been reverted. Nonetheless, the Redditor has denied that that is the case and emphasised that they haven’t any purpose to deceive folks.
Experimental options unexpectedly popping up for choose customers is not totally out of the peculiar. Earlier this yr, advert banners began showing in File Explorer for some folks. Microsoft later defined that they weren’t meant to printed externally (…but?). The identical could possibly be the case proper now.
It is doable that Microsoft is enjoying round with the concept of rounded Taskbar to match the design aesthetics of Home windows 11, however it might not be prepared for public consumption simply but. However once more, there’s additionally the slight risk that that is doctored proof or a glitch, particularly since nobody else has seemingly reported this. We’ll possible discover out the credibility of this report quickly, by some means.
Replace: Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc has confirmed that it is a bug:
This seems to be like a bug. There are a number of bugs like this that change the UI in numerous methods. It isn’t one thing we’re doing any A/B testing on.
— Brandon LeBlanc (@brandonleblanc) August 5, 2022