It is something all Windows users have been in fear of for decades… the Blue Screen of Death (BSoD). Essentially, this is the screen you get when your Windows system crashes, but it was replaced in Windows 11. We still get a BSoD, but it is now of the Black variety instead of Blue… a Black Screen of Death.
However, it seems Microsoft is going to reverse the change. With the release of Windows 11 preview build 22000.346, the company says it is reverting to the blue screen when the platform stops working.
“We changed the screen color to blue when a device stops working or a stop error occurs as in previous versions of Windows,” the company says.
BSoD’s are shown when Windows fails for some reason. While problems can be fixable in the moment, others are worse and some even permanent. Microsoft has not said why it is going back to a blue screen. We guess it is just because users are familiar with the blue screen and we unsure what the black screen meant.
Either way, the changes is currently in preview on the Beta and Release Preview channels on the Windows Insider Program. We should see it comes to the full version of Windows 11 in the future.
Windows 11 build 22000.346 is notable for other changes coming to the platform. Most notably the addition of Microsoft’s controversial emojis. The company has long been promising 3D emojis for Windows. However, the company has instead released 2D versions of 3D emojis.
The release of those 2D versions in preview seems to confirm this is the direction Microsoft will take with emojis on the platform.
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