Microsoft has delivered Windows 11 build 22000.132, but the bigger news is a set of Windows 11-inspired app updates. Unfortunately, they appear to be mostly cosmetic and not the completely reimagined Mail and Calendar apps, in particular, that we’ve needed for years.
Windows 11 build 22000.132 is heading out to Windows Insiders in the Dev and Beta channels, a first, and those in the slower-moving Beta channel now have their first opportunity to test the Chat from Microsoft Teams (which may or may not be the official name; the Insider blog posts are notoriously inaccurate). And users in both channels can take advantage of Teams-based audio and video calling, including with groups, for the first time.
That’s fun, but it’s also the only new feature in this build. The bigger news is that Microsoft is now previewing the next wave of app updates which have been slightly redesigned to match the look and feel of Windows 11. These include:
Snipping Tool. The updated Snipping Tool will replace the classic Snipping Tool and Snip & Sketch apps. It “builds off” the classic Snipping Tool and adds new visuals that appear to be WinUI 3-based. And for the first time, Snipping Tool respects your Windows theme.
Calculator. This app was already a modern app in Windows 10, but the new version has been rewritten in C# and it also respects your Windows theme. Naturally, the buttons are all rounded rectangles now, too, because Windows 11.
Mail and Calendar. Anyone hoping for a truly reimagined set of Mail and Calendar apps will be disappointed by this tragedy: The Windows 10 apps have simply been pushed forward with a new visual style that better matches Windows 11 and … well, that’s it. Sad.