Following updates for Paint, Clock, Notepad, Task Manager, Snipping Tool, Photos, Your Phone (Phone Link), and Media Player, Microsoft announced a redesign for another stock Windows 11 app. It is now time for Voice Recorder to get some love from Microsoft in the form of a brand-new Windows 11-like UI and an updated name.
Voice Recorder is now Sound Recorder for Windows Insiders in the Dev channel, and the update is available in the Microsoft Store for public testing. The latest version dumps the outdated Windows 10-like design for a more modern and stylish look with new icons, controls, and layouts. Design-wise, there is also a new visualization for audio during recording and playback that looks somewhat iOS-inspired but beautiful and fitting nonetheless.
The refreshed UI is not the only treat Windows Insiders get with this update. Microsoft also addressed one of the most popular requests, adding the option to change the recording device and select file format within the app. If you have several microphones connected to your PC, you can choose the one you need directly on the app's main screen. Different recording formats are available in the settings, and you can pick m4a, mp3, wma, flac, and wav. Sound Recorder also allows you to change audio quality and select the theme (light, dark, or system).
You can download the new Sound Recorder from the Microsoft Store. The company wants to know more about what you think about the update, so be sure to share your thoughts in the comments and Feedback Hub (Apps > Voice Recorder). If you prefer other apps to the new Sound Recorder, learn how to uninstall default Windows 11 apps.
With Microsoft adding the most-requested features to Voice Recorder, perhaps the company would also listen to the top-10 features Windows users want in the Microsoft Store app.