As they say, better late than never: Microsoft is testing a new screen recording tool to capture screen content Windows 11. The long-awaited tool will settle in the native one Snipping tool.
Previously, people tended to use the Xbox Game Bar capture feature, but it doesn’t give you much control over what and how you can record. What is the most interesting in upcoming feature (opens in a new tab) it is users who will now have this much needed control. Just like cropping an image, you can select portions of the screen or a specific application to focus on before recording, which can save you a lot of time when editing.
Currently, the feature is only available through the Windows Insider Dev Channel. It also comes in waves, so not everyone will have it at first. When you get it, the Snipping tool will have a new Burn button next to Snipping. You can preview the video you just created before saving it or sharing it with others.
Microsoft admits that the tool is somewhat buggy in its current state. The announcement mentions a slight delay between clicking Start and the start of the actual recording. And apparently there are times when the snipping tool window does not return after “initiating a new snipping…” Microsoft asks users to report any new snipping tool bugs to them via Feedb (opens in a new tab)and (opens in a new tab)ck Hub (opens in a new tab).
Speaking of bugs, Windows 11 has new patches available in the Insider program that we should mention. Are divided two separate preview builds: Build 22621.1028 and 22623.1028. In both patches, updates are minor quality of life changes that address consistency issues and improve energy plan recommendations. Please note that at the time of writing, the patches are still in preview and there are still a few shortcomings to be resolved.
There’s no word on when the screen recorder will officially launch, although it likely won’t be for some time. We asked Microsoft if it could at least give us a release window, but a company representative told us the company is keeping its mouth shut for now.
If you don’t want to wait and need a third-party solution, TechRadar recently updated theirs best free screen recorders for both Windows and Mac. We even list the key features to look out for when choosing.