Microsoft is planning a status indicator for VPN connections on Windows 11

After releasing Windows 11’s big update for the year, 10:22 PM, Microsoft is not planning to slow down on Windows 11 development. Indeed, the company has given its operating system a new feature.


This takes the form of a VPN status indicator with which Microsoft aims to improve the technology on its PC operating system. The company, which has so far lagged behind in this type of functionality, finally seems to want to catch up even if the deployment is not yet complete.

Microsoft bets on a more efficient taskbar on Windows 11

If the Windows and macOS rivalry seems to turn in favor of Apple’s operating system, Microsoft does not want to admit defeat. The company which could finally see its acquisition of Activision being canceled works daily to enrich the experience of its customers on PC.

As proof, many features have been integrated into Windows 11 since its release. So, after the big Windows 11 update for the year, 22:2, Microsoft is preparing to roll out the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25252 now. This update is already available to access at the Dev channel for those enrolled in the Windows Insider program.

This build deployed by the multinational promises a better user experience with the search in the taskbar. But the real novelty that this update brings is the appearance of an indicator in the taskbar when a VPN connection is active. Microsoft said this in a blog post to this effect:

“We added a VPN status in the system tray when you are connected to a recognized VPN profile. The VPN icon, a small shield, will be overlaid in your system’s accent color over the active network connection.

Microsoft hopes to catch up with this new option

Microsoft is clearly taking care of its delay in this type of functionality. Indeed, it should be remembered that Android devices, iPhones and iPads from the manufacturer Apple have all had a similar feature for years. This makes it easier for the user to know when a VPN is active, but also which application is controlling it.

Even if the fact of integrating such a status indicator in the Windows 11 taskbar from now on is beneficial, its implementation is quite basic for the moment. But it is nevertheless a step in the right direction. And if we look back a bit, Microsoft has made great efforts to expand the taskbar of its Windows operating system.

The company has slowly added more and more status indicators over the past few years. For example, we have the flag for microphone access which appeared in one of the Windows 10 updates. As of now, the new feature is not rolling out to everyone on Windows 11 and remains at the testing stage. However, the public release should come in the coming days for all users.

Source: How-to-Geek


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