Windows 11: Microsoft is now rolling out new Notepad & Media Player to everyone

A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft announced some new features Windows 11 would soon be getting. As part of the update, Microsoft said it would berefreshing the look of two key apps – Notepad and Groove Music
(now called Media Player). Now, weeks after beta release, the
new Notepad and Media Player has finally started rolling out to
all users.

Starting this Wednesday, the new Notepad and Media Player will
be heading to all Windows 11 users via Microsoft Store. Similar
to previous updates released for native apps, Notepad and Media
Player apps are getting the Fluent Design makeover and rounded
corners for windows or buttons.

As the redesigned apps are brand new, Microsoft has opted to
keep the classic version of Notepad or Groove Music default
apps for now. The new Notepad and Windows Media Player
will be installed as the new pre-loaded default apps on PCs for
millions of devices later this year or next year.

Closer look at new Notepad

Notepad’s big design refresh introduces a Fluent Design and
WinUI makeover which brings the app in line with the rest of
the Windows 11 interface. As mentioned, Notepad now uses WinUI
controls, so you can expect better access to fonts, new
animations for dropdown menus, and more.

Microsoft is also adding rounded corners to windows, buttons
and other areas of Notepad.

More importantly, Notepad now comes with its own settings page,
which allows users to customize the font from the dropdown
lists. The settings page even lets you switch between dark,
light and system themes.

While the rounded corners may seem like a minor change,
Notepad’s settings page is going to be useful in the long run
when the tech giant adds more customization features.

Something as minor as the dark mode will be welcomed here as
well.

Notepad Find tool

It’s also worth noting that Notepad has retained its simplicity
and users can still access features like “Find” and more.

Closer look at Media Player

After testing the new Media Player for nearly three months,
Windows Media Player is finally being made available for
everyone on Windows 11.

Media Player is replacing Groove Music, the app that was first
added with Windows 10 and has been around for a while now as
the default audio player.

Interestingly, Microsoft is not calling the new Media Player a
“sequel to the iconic Windows Media Player” which was one most
popular apps of its time. Media Player is being promoted as a
replacement for Groove Music. As a result, the Movies & TV app
(which can only play media content) is here to stay for now.

To download Notepad and Media Player, you will need Build
22000.346 or later. If you’re already using the latest
production build of the OS, you can then head over to the
Microsoft Store, and check for updates to download both new
apps.

While the Notepad interface simply gets updated, Media Player
requires data migration, which is completed automatically if
you use Groove Music. After the app, you will find “Media
Player” in place of Groove Music on your Start Menu app list.

In our testing, we noticed that the new app updates are
available on some, but not all, of our Windows 11 devices. We
suspect that the updated Notepad and Media Player will be a
part of the Windows 11 Sun Valley and most users will have
access to the updates by the end of the week.

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