Windows 11: Old-school Windows dialogs are also getting UI changes

Windows 11 legacy update

The upcoming Windows 11 (previously known as Sun Valley update)
looks set to improve the way the operating system looks. As you
may be aware, Windows 11 is
dropping icons from Windows 95-era and embracing Fluent
icons, but it appears that Microsoft is working on other UI
improvements for legacy features, according to the leaked
build.

During the June 24 event, Windows 11 will be projected as a
modern and next-generation operating system. The official
teasers, job listings, and leaks have made the update quite a
big deal. For example, one job listing revealed that Windows
will be getting the biggest overhaul and Microsoft will be
modernizing legacy areas of the platform.

According to the leaked build, Windows 11 still use legacy
features, including dialog box from Windows 3.1. This confirms
that Microsoft is not completely redesigning Windows, but it
looks like the company is updating many aspects of the existing
operating systems user interface.

Windows 3 dialog box screenshot

For example, Microsoft has enabled rounded corners and shadow
in ODBC Data Source Administrator, one of the oldest legacy
tools that allow administrators to connect a Microsoft Access
database to an external data source such as Microsoft SQL
Server.

ODBC Data Source Administrator tool is apparently getting
noticeable UI improvements for the first time since Windows 7.
Of course, most people don’t use the OOBC Data Source tool, but
this leak confirms that Microsoft has also applied its modern
rounded corners treatment to one of the oldest tools.

Legacy apps like Device Manager and disk management tool are
now also using rounded corners.

Device Manager

It’s a subtle change, but it’s noticeable and it does seem to
improve the overall UI consistency.

As we mentioned at the outset, Microsoft is changing icons too
and some of these icons include things such as images of floppy
disk drives, networking (chips and modems), globe (internet),
etc.

In fact, Control Panel, which still exists on Windows 11, is
also using new icons and rounded corners.

There are new icons and rounded corners for Task Manager too.
These icons are part of the Fluent Design revamp, which was
previously limited to modern apps such as Windows Store, Edge,
and Microsoft 365 apps.

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