Hands on with Windows 11’s new Sound Recorder, Microsoft says more to come

Windows 11 Sound Recorder app

Ahead of Windows 11 version 22H2 release later this year,
Microsoft is refreshing apps that ship with its 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 visuals with added
functionality such as a new graph to better understand the
frequency of your recorded audios.

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

Sound recorder for Windows 11

For example, it is now possible to change the recording device.
This works only when your device is connected to multiple audio
hardware. Additionally, you can also change the file format
within the Sound Recorder. Previously, users were allowed to
modify the file format outside the app.

Sound Recorder interface

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

Sound Recorder

The company confirmed that it’s actively looking out for
feedback and suggestions in Feedback Hub. You can file feedback
for this particular app under Apps > Voice Recorder.

More redesigns are coming, says Microsoft

Microsoft noted that inbox apps are essential to the overall
desktop experience which is why the company has updated many of
the apps to match the new look. Again, Microsoft says it’s
actively monitoring feedback from testers and plans on adding
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 within Windows 10 and it also
comes with modern “materials” like Mica. However, Mica isn’t
noticeable in the Photos app when you’re editing images, like
cropping or changing the resolution of the image.

Microsoft has reworked some of the areas of Photos, so the
‘editing’ screen, for example, is getting a Mica background for
a fresh and modern look.

Microsoft is also ditching the giant back button after feedback
from testers. If you want to return to the previous screen, you
will need to click on the Cancel button or press the Esc key.

WinUI is evolving and we’re expecting more design improvements
in the coming months.

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