Microsoft will revise the search field and will integrate a VPN connection indicator

The latest build distributed to Insiders members reveals several new features coming to Windows 11. Microsoft’s OS will soon welcome a new search button in the taskbar and will indicate when you are connected to a VPN.

After celebrating Thanksgiving, Microsoft developers got back to work and have just released a new build for Insiders, within the developer channel. Besides the usual bug fixes, Microsoft made several changes and improved some features.

A new icon for VPN connections

The system tray (systray) will thus evolve. It will soon display new information that has not been present in Microsoft’s operating system until now. Windows 11 will indeed be able to display an icon when your machine is connected to a VPN profile. This icon, which will use the accent color configured on your machine, will take the form of a small shield displayed on the icon of the active network connection.

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A redesigned search field

If you recently updated your Windows 11 machine, you might have been treated to the rollout of a new search button on the taskbar. Microsoft, which is obviously not yet fixed as to the final appearance of this search field. The Redmond firm is obviously exploring several formats: one, rather classic, rectangular, the other, with rounded edges. Insiders will thus have the possibility to choose to display a simple search button, a rectangular field, a rounded field, or no search button. They will have to go to the Settings > Personalization > Taskbar > Taskbar Items to provide feedback to Microsoft.

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In recent months, Microsoft has multiplied initiatives aimed at modernizing certain interface elements and certain functionalities of Windows 11. A few weeks ago, the Redmond firm attacked the Task Manager of its operating system. She chose to include a search field to find a running process more easily. The American giant has even gone so far as to integrate an option in the OS task manager to allow it to be displayed using the theme of your choice by default, independently of the theme configured in Windows.

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