Microsoft is testing its tablet-friendly taskbar again in Windows 11

Five HP Pavilion x360 14 models lined up on a white counter in cloesd, clamshell, tent, backwards, and tablet modes respectively. The screen displays a bird’s-eye view of cliffs and water.
HP Pavilion x360 14 models in various modes, including tablet at the end | Image: HP

Microsoft is reintroducing its tablet-friendly taskbar in the latest preview of Windows 11. The taskbar was first introduced in February alongside other new features included for eventual rollout in Windows 11, but it was later pulled for more internal development. Microsoft said in a blog post that the taskbar is part of an update rolling out to Windows Insiders in the developer channel and is only available for PCs that can be used as tablets like 2-in-1s, not laptops or desktop PCs.

The taskbar itself is designed to be hidden when a tablet user isn’t using it, allowing more needed screen space. When it’s collapsed, it shows “critical” things on it like the time and battery percentage. When it’s expanded, it reveals several apps,…

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Author: Jasmine Hicks