Cortana WindowsSource: Windows Central

What you need to know

  • Windows 11 is on the way.
  • Upgrading will involve some changes to your existing Windows experience.
  • That experience will lack some features you currently enjoy.

A lot of things will change when Windows 11 arrives, and Microsoft wants to help you acclimate to the incoming changes. As Microsoft puts it, there are many "feature deprecations and removals" when making the jump to Windows 11. Here's what you can expect to see when it comes to changes and removals:

  • Cortana will no longer be included in the first boot experience or pinned to the Taskbar.
  • Desktop wallpaper cannot be roamed to or from device when signed in with a Microsoft account.
  • Internet Explorer is disabled. Microsoft Edge is the recommended replacement and includes IE Mode which may be useful in certain scenarios. -Math Input Panel is removed. Math Recognizer will install on demand and includes the math input control and recognizer. Math inking in apps like OneNote are not impacted by this change.
  • Quick Status from the Lockscreen and associated settings are removed.
  • S Mode is only available now for Windows 11 Home edition.
  • Snipping Tool continues to be available but the old design and functionality in the Windows 10 version has been replaced with those of the app previously known as Snip & Sketch.

That's not everything. Start is changing in Windows 11 as well. Here's what you can expect to see change in that department:

  • Named groups and folders of apps are no longer supported and the layout is not currently resizable.
  • Pinned apps and sites will not migrate when upgrading from Windows 10.
  • Live Tiles are no longer available. For glanceable, dynamic content, see the new Widgets feature.

Tablet Mode is also going away, and Microsoft has a list of what's being altered when it comes to Taskbar functionality.

  • People is no longer present on the Taskbar.
  • Some icons may no longer appear in the System Tray (systray) for upgraded devices including previous customizations.
  • Alignment to the bottom of the screen is the only location allowed.
  • Apps can no longer customize areas of the Taskbar.

But that's not all! More stuff is leaving.

  • Timeline is removed. Some similar functionality is available in Microsoft Edge.
  • Touch Keyboard will no longer dock and undock keyboard layouts on screen sizes 18 inches and larger.
  • Wallet is removed.

Lastly, 3D Viewer, OneNote for Windows 10, Skype, and Paint 3D won't be installed on new Windows 11 devices but will be available from the Microsoft Store. That's the same store that'll be receiving a major makeover and Android apps, in case you didn't hear the news.

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Microsoft has a massive post detailing all things Windows 11 where you can see the list of removals and deprecations along with other useful info about the operating system. Alternatively, you can just read our coverage and get an easy primer on the news via our biggest Windows 11 announcements roundup.

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