The latest version of Windows 11 is set to get a VPN indicator in its notification area, making it easier for users to check their online status or sign in more easily.
According to multiple reports highlighted by Neowin(Opens in a new tab), upcoming versions of Windows 11 will feature the new icon as Microsoft responds to the growing popularity of VPN services around the world.
Apple fans will be familiar with the feature by now, with VPN indicators available in the macOS taskbar, as well as a status bar icon for iOS devices. In fact, even Android devices have shown an icon on their trays, leaving Windows machines a bit out of the way when it comes to using VPN.
Windows 11 VPN icon
However, there are some caveats, as Neowin pointed out. First, the icon only seems to work with a wired connection, so users with a Wi-Fi connection won't be able to check their connection as easily.
In addition, it seems that the operating system will not recognize third-party VPN applications, which will leave a large part of VPN users unresponsive. The VPN connection will need to be configured from system settings for it to work as described.
Then, of course, there's the fact that these are just rumors and speculation from those in early access, who were lucky enough to research build 25247. It's likely that Microsoft will continue to refine the VPN status icon to include Wi-Fi. connections and possibly third-party applications, perhaps before its full release. That is if it makes the cut and isn't delayed until the next build.
Also as part of the latest operating system update, users will be able to quickly switch between microphone and video effects from quick settings and select from power saving options to improve efficiency. Details of these updates can be read on the Microsoft blog (opens in a new tab).