Windows 11’s app updates will roll out gradually

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  • Microsoft delivered some interesting app updates via the latest build release.
  • The Calculator, Calendar, Mail, and Snip Toll apps received visual improvements.
  • Some of the apps even got some extra helpful features, according to Microsoft.
  • The Redmond company promised that more built-in tools will receive upgrades soon.
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If we go back just a little bit into the past, most of the Windows 11 apps didn’t look as if they were a part of the new OS and resembled Windows 10 natives.

Over the months that Windows 11 was available for active testing, most of the apps we use on the upcoming operating system have received the Fluent look.

Some of them will even receive new features but don’t be fooled thinking that we will receive all this new content all at once.

Microsoft is indeed giving us an improved experience, but we will have to be patient because they will do it gradually.

Calendar, Mail, Calculator and Snipping Tool apps are updated

Microsoft is improving some of the built-in apps available in Windows 11, and Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel can now test new updates to the Snipping Tool, Calculator, Mail, and Calendar apps.

Most of these updates are minor, but all are designed to match the new visual style in the new operating system.

The tech company is replacing the classic Snipping Tool and Snip & Sketch apps in Windows 11 with a new Snipping Tool app that combines the best features of both.

The Win + Shift + S keyboard shortcut will be the main way to take a screenshot in Windows 11, and it will activate the snipping menu with various options for selecting what content to screenshot.

Once you have taken the screenshot, the Snipping Tool includes edit options for cropping, annotations, and more. Microsoft is even finally adding a dark mode to the Snipping Tool, so it’ll match your Windows 11 theme.

The Mail and Calendar apps for Windows 11 were also updated in order to match the operating system’s new visual style.

We have added rounded corners and other adjustments to make them look and feel part of Windows 11.

The calculator app is also getting some minor improvements that will let you set a separate theme to the one you’re using in the rest of Windows.

The Redmond-based tech company has also rewritten the calculator in C#, allowing developers to contribute to its improvements over on GitHub.

Still more to come from Microsoft

In the Windows Insider blog post where Dave Grochocki talked about these apps getting updated and tweaked, the Microsoft official also stated that there is more to come.

All the apps that will be shipped as an integral part of Windows 11 will receive similar treatment, ranging from visual revamp, to gaining new helpful features.

So, this means that more and more apps will get updated over the coming weeks, with each new build released by Microsoft.

Basically, by this time next week, other built-in tools will make the smooth transition to the future.

What is the app you mostly want to be overhauled on Windows 11? Let us know in the comments section below.

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