Windows 11 will “give your eyes a rest” by enabling dark mode by default for commercial PCs

Laurent Giret

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Microsoft will be joining the dark side when Windows 11 becomes available this holiday season. The company has confirmed last week during an Inspire session about Windows 11 that the new OS will use dark mode by default on commercial PCs (via Windows Central), as the company believes that dark mode is just easier on the eyes.

According to Melissa Grant, Director of Product Marketing in Microsoft 365, dark mode is simply better suited to the hybrid work era we’re now getting accustomed to. This is an important change after Windows 10 was the first version of the OS to offer a dark mode, which still isn’t completely consistent across the board to this day.

“Since we’re spending so much more time staring at bright screens, not just for endless email but also countless meetings plus keeping up with our personal lives, to give your eyes a rest we’re going to ship all of the Windows 11 commercial SKUs in that IT favorite, beautiful dark mode by default. Of course, light mode is available if that’s your preference,” Grand said.

Both the dark and light modes already look good in the first Windows 11 Insider builds that are available for testers, but Microsoft now believes that dark mode should be best for enterprise users. Let us know in the comments if you agree or disagree with the company.