Windows 11 Light and Dark Modes offer different sounds to capture the mood

Windows 11 Light and Dark Modes offer different sounds to capture the mood
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Windows 11 will offer Light and Dark mode themes with a bit of a twist on the usual format. Namely, by offering new sounds alongside Dark Mode. 

In a bid to set apart the overall feel for how the desktop looks and sounds during the later hours of the day, Microsoft has decided to implement new sounds that better reflect the desktop's appearance, alongside the taskbar and wallpaper utilizing darker colors. As Microsoft told BleepingComputer recently, the aim is to provide a calm experience while still being able to notify users of whatever they need to hear.

"Windows 10 sounds were sharp, literally created with sharp wave lengths. In Windows 11, we have focused on making the technology calm. In order to do this, we needed to reevaluate our soundscape to also be calm," explained Microsoft in the interview. 

The Microsoft spokesperson from the audio team went on to explain that, "the new sounds have a much rounder wavelength, making them softer so that they can still alert/notify you, but without being overwhelming...Just like we rounded UI visually, we rounded our soundscape as well to soften the overall feel of the experience."

Windows 11 Dark Mode

When using Light Mode, you'll get brighter and louder sounds while Dark Mode offers more quiet and subdued audio that offers a slight echo. The thinking is that 'Dark Sounds' help you stay in focus while 'Light Sounds' mean you're always engaged.

Windows 11's launch date was recently announced as October 5 but we've spent much of the summer looking at the top 10 new features in Windows 11 as well as comparing the differences between Windows 11 vs Windows 10 so you know whether it's worth upgrading or not.

While a softer sounding Dark Mode might not seem like a killer feature just yet, it could be useful for those users trying to divide up their working environment. For instance, if you're using your home computer for both working from home and for downtime in the evenings, psychologically, this could be exactly what you need to mentally unwind a bit more easily. We should know more about how effectively it works once Windows 11 is launched publicly on October 5.

Jennifer Allen

Jennifer has been freelancing for over 10 years. In the past, she's written about all things tech and gaming wise for outlets as varied as The Independent, Playboy, Eurogamer, and TechRadar. In her spare time, she spends far too much time watching films, attempting to train her pet guinea pigs, and mastering making the perfect burrito.  She's a full time freelancer, but a regular tech news contributor to Top Ten Reviews.