Windows 11 is set to launch imminently, and we just learned some exciting new information about the system sounds in the OS. It looks like Microsoft will change the sounds when you’re in dark mode and make the sounds more pleasant overall.
Windows 11 System Sounds
When in dark mode on Windows 11, the system sounds generally become softer, and they echo a bit, creating a more soothing experience that matches the overall look and feel of the dark mode. Flipping back to light mode brings the system sounds back to their normal level.
However, even though the light mode has slightly louder sounds than the dark mode, Microsoft has taken great care to make sure the audio is more soothing, according to a report from CNBC.
The designers of Windows 11 took inspiration from an approach called calm technology. Microsoft’s Christian Koehn and Diego Baca wrote about calm technology in a post on Medium. In it, they said, “Windows 11 facilitates this through foundational experiences that feel familiar, soften formerly intimidating UI, and increase emotional connection.”
Plenty of Windows 10 users disable the system sounds in the operating system because they find the sounds intrusive or jarring, but hopefully, that won’t be a problem with Windows 11.
According to a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to CNBC, “The new sounds have a much rounder wavelength, making them softer so that they can still alert/notify you, but without being overwhelming.”
If you don’t have Windows 11 installed on your OS, the CNBC post has many of the system sounds embedded so you can hear them for yourself. They follow a similar pattern to the current Windows sounds, but you can tell that they’re slightly less jarring than they were before.
What Other Surprises Does Windows 11 Hold?
Microsoft is releasing a steady stream of new features for Windows 11, each slightly more exciting than the last. These subtle changes to the system sounds might not seem like a big deal, but consider how many people hear these sounds daily. Making the audio better match the look of dark mode and having the audio be more soothing overall is a welcomed change.