Home windows 11 is out, however the technique of updating the working system’s built-in apps continues. Over the weekend, screenshots leaked for an as-yet-unannounced redesign of the Notepad app, which at the moment appears to be like and works roughly because it has since Home windows XP got here out 20 years in the past (although under-the-hood updates have added new capabilities, like support for the line-ending style utilized in Linux and macOS textual content information).
The screenshots have been posted and deleted by a “Microsoft engineer” however have been preserved by FireCubeStudios on Twitter, and so they counsel that Microsoft is not reinventing Notepad within the type of extra superior apps like Notepad++ or Emacs. The screenshots present fewer menu choices and a bigger, extra touch-friendly quantity of padding between them, in addition to theming choices and the flexibility to set a distinct default font. Additionally listed is a “Traditional” mode for opening information, although precisely how that differs from the default expertise stays to be seen.
The unfinished state of Home windows 11’s built-in apps was one grievance from our full review, and it is one thing that retains the working system from feeling totally modernized and unified. The Paint app has been up to date, however with out the promised dark mode support. Updates for apps like Your Cellphone, Microsoft Whiteboard, some sort of media participant, and (now) Notepad have been leaked or introduced however not launched. And different built-in apps like Wordpad nonetheless appear to be they did in Home windows 7.
It is a minor grievance and much much less disruptive than Home windows 11’s new system necessities or a few of the regressions of the brand new Taskbar. Nevertheless it’s good that Microsoft is continuous to work to get issues feeling and looking extra constant all through the OS. When obtainable, the app updates can be downloadable from the Microsoft Retailer moderately than Home windows Replace.