Five HP Pavilion x360 14 models lined up on a white counter in cloesd, clamshell, tent, backwards, and tablet modes respectively. The screen displays a bird’s-eye view of cliffs and water.
HP Pavilion x360 14 models in various modes, including tablet at the end
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The latest preview of Windows 11 includes a re-introduction of the tablets-friendly taskbar. The taskbar was first introduced in February along with other new features, but it was pulled for more internal development. The taskbar is only available for PCs that can be used as tablets, not laptops or desktop PCs, according to Microsoft.

When a user doesn't use the taskbar, it's hidden to allow more screen space. It shows the time and battery percentage when it collapses. It looks like it is more suitable for touch when it is expanded. When the keyboard is folded back on a 2-in-1 device, the taskbar is supposed to return to its optimal position.

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Other features that work on non 2-in-1 devices are being rolled out by Microsoft. When you hover over the options in the menu, animated icons and illustrations will be added to the settings app. Some bug fixes are included in the updates.

A settings menu on Windows 11 with illustrated icons
The new update includes animated icons in Windows 11 settings.
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