Microsoft has always paid close attention to the sounds that accompany each new version of its operating system, and Windows 11 is no exception.
The main theme of the new operating system is calm.
“Calmness is essential in today’s world, and it tends to depend on our ability to feel in control, at ease, and confident,” Microsoft’s Christian Koehn and Diego Baca wrote in an article in blog. “Windows 11 makes this easier with foundational experiences that feel familiar, soften the once intimidating user interface, and increase emotional connection.”
This extends to the soundscape, with a Microsoft spokesperson telling CNBC:
“The new sounds have a much rounder wavelength, which makes them smoother so they can still alert / notify you, but not overwhelming. Just like we rounded up the user interface [user interface] visually, we’ve also rounded off our soundscape to soften the overall feel of the experience.
This attention to detail extended to Windows 11 assuming different sound themes in dark and light mode.
“The sounds are similar, which means people can recognize them when they switch between modes, but slightly different,” notes CNBC. “Applying a dark theme generally makes sounds softer. They seem to resonate, as in a large room.
Hear some examples of Windows 11 sounds followed by their Windows 10 equivalents below:
Desktop voicemail sound
Windows calendar sound
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