Microsoft starts testing Windows 11 UI for Snipping Tool, Calculator and Mail apps

Windows 11 apps refresh

Ahead of
Windows 11’s launch in October 2021, Microsoft has started
rolling out a new update for inbox apps, including Snipping
Tool, Calculator, and Mail & Calendar. The big update refreshes
the look of the apps and it’s part of the Windows 11 release,
but Windows 10 will also get some of these improvements via the
Microsoft Store.

With
Windows 11 Build 22000.132, Microsoft is merging Snipping
Tool and Snip & Sketch features, and the new app is now simply
called “Snipping Tool”. This new Snipping Tool represents the
best of both apps and it will receive updates directly via the
Microsoft Store.

As you can see in the images below, Snipping Tool looks
familiar and it offers consistent experience within and between
apps. It is following Fluent Design to create a coherent and
familiar user interface that matches Windows 11’s rounded
corners and Mica background effects.

Snipping Tool for Windows 11

You can launch the Snipping Tool from the Start Menu or press
WIN + SHIFT + S keyboard to capture and paste screenshots
directly in the editing tool (previously called Snip &
Sketch). If you press WIN + SHIFT + S, you can directly
choose the shape (Rectangular Snip, Freeform Snip, Windows
Snip, and Fullscreen Snip) from the snipping menu.

Windows 11 Snipping Tool UI

Within the new Snipping Tool window, which uses the interface
and features of Snip & Sketch), you can access editing tools
like annotations, cropping, and more. Additionally, the
Snipping Tool window now honours your Windows theme – it will
automatically between dark and light mode.

Windows Calculator and Mail & Calendar app

Microsoft is also giving the Windows 11 treatment to the native
Calculator and Mail & Calendar. If you’re running the latest
preview builds, you should be able to grab the update from the
Microsoft Store app.

Windows Calculator

The update for the Mail and Calculator app is all about
cosmetic improvements. For instance, Microsoft is replacing
sharp edges with rounded corners, and this new look fits in
with the rest of the Windows 11 redesign.

It’s worth noting that
Microsoft is working on a new Outlook app, but it won’t
ship with Windows 11 version 21H2. According to sources, the
web-based Outlook app will exit beta next year, but testers in
the Office Insider program will be able to try the redesigned
mail client in the coming weeks.

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