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Windows 11 may get new Stickers, Tablet mode, Notifications features

Windows 11 latest preview hides several new features that may ship in future updates.

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  • Windows 11 new features uncovered in the latest Dev Channel preview.
  • Including Stickers for wallpapers, new Tablet mode experience, and Notifications improvements.
  • Also, the new “Sustainability” page hints at new power management improvements.

A bunch of unannounced new features has been uncovered in the latest builds of Windows 11. According to a series of tweets from Albacore (@TheBookisClosed) on Twitter, Microsoft is experimenting with serval features that may or may not ship in future updates, including Stickers for wallpapers, notification improvements, the return of tablet mode, and power-saving features.

In the latest build of Windows 11, references of stickers for desktop wallpapers have been found in the Personalization settings and desktop context menu. The screenshots show that you will be able to use some sort of stickers on the wallpapers and even edit them.

Stickers for wallpapers
Stickers for wallpapers (Source: Albacore)

Microsoft is also toying with changes to the notifications system. In the Notifications settings, the screenshots show a new “Set priority notifications” setting, the ability to “Mute notifications,” and the “Focus Assist” feature has been renamed to “Focus.”

Notifications settings
Notifications settings (Source: Albacore)

On the Focus settings page, you can now enable and disable the feature, and there are several new features you can customize from this page, including a new integration with focus session in the Clock app, hide badges and flashing apps in the Taskbar, and mute notifications.

Focus new features
Focus new features (Source: Albacore)

Windows 11 may also get a new “Sustainability” setting page that seems to be part of further power management improvements.

Sustainability for Windows 11
Sustainability for Windows 11 (Source: Albacore)

The page includes a new “Eco recommendation” setting, which, when enabled, applies recommended settings to save energy and prolong battery life, similar to battery saver.

The page also includes “Advanced eco recommendations,” which is described as “review potentially higher user impact setting to find additional ways to save energy.”

Finally, it appears that some elements of table mode could be returning to Windows 11. Although Microsoft has moved away from tablet mode, according to Albacore, the system has a new setting, “Automatically hide the taskbar when using your device as a tablet.”

These new features appeared only days after the company announced that it is planning to ship more experimental features in the Dev Channel, which may never arrive in a final version of Windows 11.