Windows 10 has a built-in Voice Recorder app, meant to create simple recordings from a connected microphone. Microsoft is revamping the app for Windows 11, with a new name: Sound Recorder. In effect, Microsoft just announced the new Sound Recorder app for Windows 11 devices. Windows Insiders registered in the Dev channel are allowed to try it now.
Since the debut of Windows 11, Microsoft has worked tirelessly to update Inbox apps with a new look and feel that would bring them in line with the rest of the operating system. The Snipping Tool, new media player, clock, and more are all part of this effort to make the modern experience more cohesive in Windows 11.
And now it’s the turn of Sound Recorder, an app that hasn’t necessarily been Windows’ most popular tool, but deserves a modern overhaul in its own right. The current Voice Recorder app is really stripped down, with no ability to change input device (it’s connected to Windows default audio input), no file format options, no auto-generated text, etc.
The new app is definitely much more impressive than the current voice recorder, with light and dark themes and waveform display. The new app features a millisecond display, a separate audio input selector from the system default, and new playback speed options. You can even import recordings captured with other tools. M4A, MP3, WMA, FLAC and WAV formats are all supported, with three audio quality settings to choose from.
A preview of this new app is now available to users of the Windows Insider Program Dev channel. “You’ll notice there’s a gorgeous new visualization for audio during recording and playback to complement the app’s new look and feel. We also added support for changing the recording device and file format from within the app, which were among the most requested features in the Feedback Hub. New Sound Recorder update will replace Voice Recorder app. We love getting feedback and we’ll be listening to your ideas and suggestions in Feedback Hub (under Apps > Voice Recorder)“explains Microsoft.
A new Outlook app is coming
Microsoft is also working on a new messaging app for Windows. The new Outlook client was recently leaked on the web, with Microsoft insisting that users should not use it until a beta version is officially released for testing.
An announcement about this should be made during the Build 2022 developer conference, and the beta should be released soon after the event.