Microsoft is testing a new design for Windows 11’s Shut down dialog

Windows 11 launched last year and if you’ve already downloaded and installed it, you’re probably aware of the fact that the operating system is far from finished. Unlike Windows 7 and older versions, Windows 11 still feels like a work in progress. The company is continuing to add new features and design consistency is still missing.

Microsoft recently redesigned the ‘Open with’ dialog from the Windows 8-era and the tech giant is now exploring new design ideas for the Shut down dialog. For those unaware, we’re talking about the Shut down dialog that appears on the desktop when you press Alt + F4.

As you can see in the below screenshot, the new design removes the Windows logo and ‘This PC’ icon from the Shut down dialog. The redesigned Shut down dialog promises a simplified look and makes use of the system colour accent. Additionally, there is another experimental design that applies Mica to the title bar of the dialog.

Windows 11 Shut down dialog UI
New shut dialog in Windows 11 Build 25174

This redesigned Shut down dialog was quietly added to Windows 11 with Build 25174.

We’re expecting another update to the Shut down dialog that will bring WinUI design material to the buttons and dropdown menu.

Shut down dialog

While some of us may not like dramatic design makeovers, in many ways, this is for the best. The Windows 10 that many of us use today remains supported and is likely to stay stable as Microsoft is busy with the development of Windows 11. If you prefer the new design direction and a couple of new features, Windows 11 is for you.

It is also worth noting that Windows 10 that we use today is different from the Windows 10 that launched in 2015. In the past few years, Microsoft has added some useful new features to the operating system.

Windows 11 will eventually get better

Microsoft would continue to update Windows 11 and improve it in the coming years. The downside of Windows 11 as a service approach is that it makes the operating system feel unfinished.

As for the redesigned Shut down dialog, we may see this arrive later this year or next year via smaller monthly updates. The first major update to Windows 11 codenamed “Sun Valley 2”, which is scheduled to release later this year, won’t ship with this new Shut down redesign.

Windows 11 version 22H2 (Sun Valley 2) is expected to launch later this year with a lot of new features. This includes a new Task Manager that supports dark mode and modern WinUI, an updated taskbar with drag and drop support, a performance-friendly context menu, tabs in File Explorer, and much more.

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