The latest version of Windows 11 is set to get a VPN in its notification area, making it easier for users to check the connection or connection status more easily.
According to multiple reports, most notably Newen (Opens in a new tab)Next versions of Windows 11 will feature the new icon as Microsoft deals with the growing popularity of VPN services around the world.
Apple fans will already be familiar with the feature, with VPN indicators available in the macOS taskbar along with the status bar icon for iOS devices. In fact, even Android devices have an icon that appears in their status bars, leaving Windows devices somewhat neglected when it comes to using a VPN.
Windows 11 VPN icon
However, there are some caveats, Newwen pointed out. First, the code appears to only work with a wired connection, so users with a Wi-Fi connection won’t be able to check their connection as easily.
Also, it seems that the operating system will not recognize third-party VPN apps, which will leave a large portion of VPN users unattended. The VPN connection must be set up in the system settings to work as described.
Then, of course, there’s the fact that these are just rumors and speculation derived from those with early access, who were lucky enough to look up build 25247. Microsoft will likely continue to fine-tune the VPN status code. To include Wi-Fi connections, and possibly third-party apps, possibly before their full release. This is if the cut is made, and not delayed until the next build.
Also forming part of the latest OS update, users will be able to quickly switch between video and microphone effects from Quick Settings and choose from power saving options to improve efficiency. Details of these updates can be read at Microsoft blog (Opens in a new tab).