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Hands-on with Windows 11’s new sound recorder, Microsoft says there’s more to come

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Ahead of the release of Windows 11 version 22H2 later this year, Microsoft is revamping apps that ship with the operating system. Many apps have already received a design makeover, including MS Paint, Photos, Notepad, and even a new Outlook has been confirmed for Fall 2022.

Microsoft is now rolling out a new update for Windows 10 era Voice Recorder with a new name ‘Sound Recorder’. Windows 11’s new sound recorder includes WinUI graphics with added functionality, such as a new graph to better understand the frequency of your recorded audio.

As you can see in the screenshots below, there is a new visualization for audio during recording and placement. It complements the new interface of Windows 11’s audio recording software, and Microsoft has also added support for a few new features.

Sound Recorder for Windows 11

For example, it is now possible to switch recording devices. This only works if your device is connected to multiple audio hardware. Moreover, you can also change the file format in the sound recorder. Previously, users were allowed to change the file format outside the app.

Sound Recorder Interface

The updated Sound Recorder apparently replaces the Voice Recorder app and will be released to the general public later this year.

Sound recorder

The company confirmed that it is actively seeking feedback and suggestions in Feedback Hub. You can submit feedback for this specific app under Apps > Voice Recorder.

More redesigns are coming, Microsoft says

Microsoft noted that inbox apps are essential to the overall desktop experience. Therefore, the company has updated many of its apps to match the new look. Again, Microsoft says it’s actively monitoring feedback from testers and plans to add exciting new features soon.

For example, Microsoft recently teased an updated Photos app for Windows 11.

Microsoft’s photo apps already follow the Fluent Design principles that first emerged in Windows 10 and it also comes with modern “materials” like Mica. However, Mica is not noticeable in the Photos app when you edit images, such as cropping or resizing the image.

Microsoft has reworked some parts of Photos so that the ‘edit’ screen, for example, has a Mica background for a fresh and modern look.

Microsoft is also dropping the giant back button after feedback from testers. To return to the previous screen, click the Cancel button or press the Esc key.

WinUI is evolving and we expect more design improvements in the coming months.

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