During a presentation at the Microsoft Inspire conference last Thursday (15), it was announced that all Windows 11 business units will have dark mode by default. Colors like black, gray and blue will be part of the initial interface, but the user can switch to the “light version” — see how to change the theme. The aesthetics can be seen in the operating system (OS) preview, which is available in the Windows Insider program.

“Since we’re going to spend so much time staring at glossy screens, not just in countless emails, but also in meetings and in personal life, we’re going to release all the SKUs [Unidade de Manutenção de Estoque] Windows 11 commercials with dark mode, the darling of IT,” said Melissa Grant, director of Product Marketing at Windows Enterprise.

Melissa Grant announcing dark mode as Windows 11 default
Melissa Grant announcing dark mode as Windows 11 defaultSource: Disclosure/Microsoft

Importantly, OS preview updates bring aesthetic changes and new features to the menus. Update 22000.65 (KB5004745), for example, installed a search bar in the “start” window, so the appearance of the trial version may differ from the official release.

This Microsoft Inspire presentation focused on Windows 11 features that will facilitate hybrid work routines that alternate between days in the office and home office. The event is available on the company’s website — with subtitles in Portuguese.

dark mode is the future

Dark mode has become increasingly common on websites and apps. Recently, Google began testing a dedicated dark mode button on the search engine’s screen to make it easier to access the feature.

Interface variations change depending on the application or service that adopts this mode. Typically, the background is dark and the letters are colored white or light gray.

The benefits and brightness variations also depend on the display used. The OLED, for example, has pixels that are lit individually, so the use of dark colors can even reduce energy consumption.