As Microsoft prepares to launch Windows 12 in the fall of 2024 and roll it out more widely in 2025, it is experimenting internally with several new design ideas, including a new desktop experience with a “floating” taskbar.
Microsoft wants to create a floating effect for the taskbar by separating it from the desktop and making its edges round.
At the Build 2023 developer conference, Microsoft hinted that it was working on “the next generation of Windows,” which seems to indicate that Microsoft is planning a new iteration of Windows – possibly Windows 12.
At Microsoft’s Ignite 2023 conference, Microsoft unexpectedly previewed a version of Windows 11 with a floating taskbar. According to sources, this is one of the design upgrades being considered by some of the team working on the next generation of Windows.
Evidence supporting this new design can be traced back to the preview version of Windows 11. The recent preview includes an option to disable the system tray clock and date, which is consistent with previous reports.