We’ve known for a while that rounded corners are now part of Microsoft’s product design language. With Windows 11, Microsoft confirmed that rounded corners will be part of any upcoming major design overhaul the company is actually planning for the operating system and other products.
Windows 11 has rounded corners pretty much everywhere. On the other hand, it’s no secret that there is still room for improvement, especially as design consistency remains an issue.
In Windows 11 Build 25174, which is available for download in the Dev Channel, users have: spotted a mysterious new toolbar with rounded corners or edges. As you can see in the screenshot below, Microsoft seems to be testing a new taskbar with rounded corners on both edges.
This also seems to suggest that Microsoft plans to bring a floating taskbar to Windows 11 in its next revamp. By hovering, we are referring to a small visible gap between the taskbar and the sides of the screenshot. The rounded corners make the taskbar appear to be floating on the desktop.
It’s worth noting that references to a floating taskbar were also spotted last year.
The floating taskbar may be a bug
While the rounded corners design of the taskbar seems too perfect to be a glitch, there’s a chance it could be a bug. Big pinch of salt here, because even if the floating taskbar is something Microsoft is considering for Windows 11, it’s very likely that the design could change in the future.
If this isn’t a bug, the company would continue to focus on this area in the upcoming Windows 11 preview releases and more users will discover the feature. The rounded corners might be a nice touch and another step toward design consistency, but there are several taskbar issues that Microsoft should work on first.
For example, ungrouping taskbar icons is still not possible. Similarly, Microsoft has confirmed that it will not update the taskbar with the ability to change its location.