What you need to know
- Windows 11 has rounded corners.
- Soon, if Chromium Gerrit's patch note is accurate, Chrome's menus will match the Windows 11 aesthetic.
- The same curvy look should also be available to Windows 10 users.
If you're one of the people who still can't see Windows 11 as being anything more than an OS facelift with the edges sanded off, ignore what's coming next, because this entire article is going to focus on curved edges. Specifically, how Chrome appears to be gearing up to curve its own edges to match Windows 11's round, globularly cornered aesthetic.
Naturally, nothing is guaranteed until you see it firsthand, but in the meantime, you can look forward to the notion of never again having to worry about papercuts on Chrome due to those contemptible right angles Big Tech™ was so fond of up until recently.
And it gets better. If you're worried about Windows 11 being a disaster at launch and want to hold off on upgrading for a while, but still absolutely love the idea of rounded edges on Chrome, the same report above indicates you'll be able to have them. Windows 10 users can have the round Chrome experience too, so long as Chromium Garrit isn't lying to all of us.
The question now is, what other apps, browsers, and services will adapt to meet the stylistic rules of Windows 11? We've already seen in-house apps such a the new Snipping Tool bend (literally) to the visual mandates of the new operating system, but what third-party products are next?
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Chrome!!? Never expected this
TRULY AN INCREDIBLE STORY!!
Thank you for understanding, Mekkel. Some people just don't get why this stuff matters. Can you imagine?
Seems likely to be nothing to do with Windows 11 and much more to do with migrating Chrome to Google's new Material You design system. Their Android apps have all undergone the same change in recent weeks, no doubt with the coming of Android 12 in mind.
It has everything to do with Windows 11, the patch in Gerrit is quite specific: "Configure menus with rounded corners for Windows 11". "If enabled, displays Windows 11 style menus on Windows 11". "If this variation is enabled, displays Windows 11 style menus on all Windows versions".
I really wish MS would give us a slider setting to personalize the radius of the corners and sharpen them up if preferred.
I don't have a strong opinion, but I generally don't think easy customization of design is a good thing. I think it's fine if a user seeks out something like the old TweakUI (is that still around?) to go in and make changes to Windows UI elements, for those willing to dig into the system. And I think for those users determined to make changes, MS shouldn't make it too hard. But the typical user is more likely to just create a mess and then blame the OS for allowing it, if MS makes it too easy to customize these kinds of attributes.
I agree, sometimes too many options is a bad thing. Now, that doesn't mean there should be zero options but the balance is tricky.
If you think changing the radius of the corner of a window would create a "mess", then you have bigger problems.
If you think my 70+ year old parents and father in-law couldn't make a mess then you don't get it. We're tech heads here, but the average user is not.
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