Since the 1980s, personal computers running Windows have made sounds to signal faults. Microsoft has updated those sounds in Windows 11 to make them less unpleasant.
Windows is still the most used operating system globally, accounting for roughly 14 percent of Microsoft’s $168 billion annual revenue. But it’s not always simple for Microsoft to keep its hundreds of millions of users satisfied. This is because they all have different ideas about what Windows should be – including how it should sound.
Calmness desperately is needed in today’s environment. It is often dependent on our ability to feel in control, at peace, and trust. According to Matthew Bennett, calm technology also influenced Windows 11’s sounds. He created the sounds after contributing to Windows 8 and Windows 10.
Windows 11 distinguishes itself from its predecessors and competitors by allowing users to use one set of sounds with light visual themes and another set to correspond with dark visual themes. The sounds are similar, so people can recognize them as they transition, yet slightly different. Using a dark theme often softens the sounds. They appear to reverberate as if in a big room.
When anything goes wrong, such as when you check for text on a webpage, and it isn’t there, your PC needs to alert you. Windows 11 won’t make as much of a fuss as Windows 10. Bennett explained that the new sound consists of three rising notes at a lower pitch than the trill it replaces and does not linger as long afterward.
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Four rapidly ascending notes signal the start of an event. The arrangement is far more straightforward than its seven-note predecessor, which Bennett described as having a distinct beginning, middle, and end. According to Bennett, these parts of the next edition of Windows are a throwback to the pared-down effects that debuted in Windows Vista and remained available in Windows 7. When you plugged a mouse, joystick, or another accessory into a USB port, removed it, or the computer didn’t identify the device. In fact, those operating systems from the 2000s emitted two harsh, guttural noises.
Windows 10 deviated slightly from that notion by including extra notes and changing melodies. Each of the Windows 11 sounds returns to the premise of two simple letters, albeit friendlier than its counterparts from the 2000s.