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Windows 11: Microsoft wants to take down the iPad with a new ‘tablet-optimized’ taskbar

With Windows 11, Microsoft is still hoping to take on the iPad and the company has decided to go ahead with a new feature that would make the taskbar more tablet-friendly.

This update could eliminate the functionality of taskbars to create a hefty but user-friendly appearance for those who use tablets.

Apple’s iPad series began with a basic operating system that progressively got more efficient with regular updates. However, Microsoft has been trying to make the connection between desktops and tablets over many years. Even though Windows 8 tablet attempts were unsuccessful, Microsoft isn’t willing to let go of the idea of Windows for tablets..

Microsoft recently announced a brand new Preview Update (Build 25193) that includes a few modifications, like Xbox subscription integration into Settings along with File Explorer bug fixes. This version also has an additional feature that can allow users to use Windows 11 on tablets i.e touchscreen devices much more convenient.

As you will see in the above image, there’s a brand new option that allows you to optimise your taskbar for touchscreen interactions when the device is being used as tablet’. Also when you toggle the option, Windows will automatically detect the state of the device, and then switch to a tablet-optimized menu bar when it thinks you’re using the device as an tablet.

The feature was initially released earlier in the year however Microsoft took it off the build previews because it weakened the tray in the system.

It seems like Microsoft intends to bring back the taskbar for tablets that was delayed. The taskbar in Windows 11, Build 25193, for tablets has been updated to have two modes one of which is a collapsed and the other an expanded mode.

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When the taskbar is collapsed in default mode, the taskbar could appear much smaller i.e thin, providing more room for desktops, apps and other parts that comprise the OS. This state of the taskbar is especially helpful on smaller tablets since it can prevent accidental taps on buttons on the taskbar including that of the taskbar or the the overflow menu.

The second state in ‘expanded mode’ is designed at making the bar more user-friendly i.e larger or chunky. It allows you to easily click on items that are which are added to the taskbar which allows you to select additional items by tapping them with the touchscreen.

To switch between two different states on the taskbar all you have to do is move your finger upwards or downwards towards lower right of screen.

Our tests have noticed that this mode doesn’t come off accidentally on laptops or desktops. laptops. That means it only works on tablets that have touchscreens and when Windows detects “touch interactions”. This could be the default mode on certain Surface devices with touchscreens that fold backwards or removed of the keyboard.

It’s important to remember that this feature is hidden and users will not be able to see it, even if they install the most recent updates. If the tests go smoothly and the taskbar that is tablet friendly does not affect the functionality of the system tray for desktops, we may be seeing the official return to this function in the near future.

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