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Damn straight I'm excited for Windows 11, and no one can convince me I shouldn't be

Windows 11 Logo 4 Razerbook
Windows 11 Logo 4 Razerbook (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

With Microsoft officially announcing Windows 11, there's a bit of a buzz in the tech world. People are racing to check out the Insider preview build of the OS and read up on the latest features.

While many are excited, a group of people feels that Windows 11 isn't a big deal. Among those is our news editor, Robert Carnevale, who recently wrote a piece titled "Windows 11: It doesn't matter, and you shouldn't fall for the marketing," which states that Windows 11 is "nothing more than a mild facelift that is being used as an excuse to draft the media into manufacturing consumer interest." While the comment section of that piece is split, I respectfully disagree with Rob and others that hold the same opinion. I believe that Windows 11 does matter and that it's okay to be excited about it.

It's clearly more than a facelift

Windows 11 Widgets Fullscreen

Source: Microsoft (Image credit: Source: Microsoft)

Even before Windows 11 was officially announced, people around the web incorrectly called the new operating system nothing but a facelift. Our executive editor, Daniel Rubino, already explained how Windows 11 is more than just a new Start menu, but the narrative persists.

Here's a list of just some of the new features that will arrive with Windows 11:

As a quick note, I'm aware that some of these features, like the new Microsoft Store, will also be on Windows 10, but they are shipping with and were made with Windows 11 in mind. Other features, like Dynamic Refresh Rate, are exclusive to Windows 11. There are also some other features that I haven't listed.

These features might not move the needle for everyone that uses Windows 11, but they're clearly not "just a facelift." These features add true value for gaming PCs, productivity, and the everyday use of PCs.

Changes to the Microsoft Store alone are massive

Zoom App Windows 11 Store

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

Microsoft showed a major recommitment to the Microsoft Store with the announcement of Windows 11. Changes include a new revenue model that allows developers with their own commerce platform to keep 100% of their revenue, new developer tools to make bringing apps to the store easier, and support for Android apps through the Amazon Store. The company has also announced improvements to Windows 11 on ARM.

Microsoft isn't just marketing Windows 11 to consumers. The company is trying to convince developers to get on board, and it's already working. Within a week of Windows 11 getting announced, Zoom, OBS, Canva, TikTok, WinZip, the CorelDRAW graphics suite, and the Adobe Creative Cloud, are either in the Microsoft Store already or their developers have announced that they're on the way to it.

These aren't small or niche apps. Even if you don't use some of the apps, them coming to the Microsoft Store is a big deal for Windows.

That's not to mention all Android apps that are available through the Amazon Store. If things go to plan, Windows 11 could eventually run apps from the Galaxy Store and Google Play Store as well. Even if that never happens, you'll be able to sideload Android APKs onto Windows 11.

Surely millions of Android apps and some of the biggest programs on Windows coming to Windows 11, and the Microsoft Store is more than a facelift.

Even if it was just a facelift, isn't that nice?

Windows 11 Start Laptop Razerbook

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

While it's clear that Windows 11 is more than a facelift, for the sake of argument, let's say that the only changes it had compared to Windows 10 were cosmetic. Isn't that still a good thing? People have complained about the inconsistent hodgepodge of Windows 10 UI for years. Even if an update just addressed that, it would still be nice.

When Apple announces an update like macOS Big Sur or Google announces Android 12, many of the highlights are cosmetic. Those updates also have new features, but plenty of people welcome improvements to their user interfaces.

It's a good thing when companies listen to feedback. Modernizing Windows, unifying its look across the OS and apps that run on it, and refreshing its design are good things.

Let people be excited

Windows 11 Install

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People get excited about different things. As I write this, England is playing against Germany in the Euros (update: It's Coming Home). I don't follow football (soccer to our American readers), but many of my friends do, and they're loving it. People like cars, gadgets, sports, fashion, and all sorts of other things. If people want to get excited about an operating system, is that any weirder than fawning over the new Ford F-150 Lightning or your favorite sports team?

I've covered Windows for years. I write about it, I follow it, I love it. I watched Zac's build videos back when builds started with a 9. Damn straight I'm excited for Windows 11.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

120 Comments
  • This is a good take 🙌
  • del et ed . .
  • Do you know about a job offer from Microsoft that I don't?
  • No, it doesn't.
  • del et ed . .
  • Hiswona, you're getting really irritating around here. I can close your account if you wish.
  • I take it all back ok. Everything is there where I left it before the 11 upgrade.
    No PC Health check, no issues and no clean install necessary.
    All the live tiles and functionality is identical.
    The only thing they removed is Internet Explorer.
    Its a worthy upgrade and HDR make everything look great.
  • Well, they got rid of the live tiles in favor of the new Widgets menu.
  • I use the registry edit straight away and my start menu migrated exactly as it was.
  • That is interesting, thanks for the info.
  • Have the beta on my desktop and I really hate the taskbar so far. Desperately hoping they bring back the option to NOT group windows. But yeah... people get excited about different things (rounded corners), and that's totally ok.
  • Wait. Windows on the Taskbar can only be grouped? That's a terrible step backwards.
  • Absolutely agree on this... I frequently opens multiple Word docs that I need to VERY quickly switch between (music charts for a band). The stupid group adds another step that slows me down. Once again, Microsoft idiocy at work.
  • 100% I hate forced grouping.
  • Yes. I gave feedback on the insider program that it was a non-starter for me. Hopefully, they will add that functionality back in (as well as letting the taskbar show labels instead of just icons--also important for my workflow) before the release because I will stick with Win10 forever otherwise.
  • Yep, I found nothing about Win11 to actually like. It feels and looks like a downgrade.
  • It's coming home
  • I sure hope so!
  • Windows has been stagnant for a long time. How anyone couldn't get excited about the Windows 11 news is beyond me. If I was grumpy about Windows 11 news being popular, I'd be heading to the doctor to talk about my very obvious low blood sugar problem.
  • You'd be surprised by how many people are angry about the excitement and just dismiss anything positive.
  • Twitter? More like, Twatter! Am I right? lmao
  • I agree with your comment about this being a shot in the arm for Microsoft comparable to Windows Phone. Just the positive buzz and steady positive news of big-name developers coming on board (minus the messaging missteps with the TPM 2.0 and processors) on an almost-daily basis means that Microsoft (and especially Windows in this case) is in the news for good reasons including on the back of their Xbox game-changing efforts and ordinary users liking the company more than they have in many years. It does seem like the tech press that likes to bash Microsoft hasn't given up on that completely, but more of them are having to admit the successes are coming in one after another and Microsoft is a changed company overall.
  • I’d be excited too… if I wasn’t old enough to have been let down by Microsoft on many, many occasions. I’m sure it’ll be good(ish). Eventually. But it won’t be going on my primary machine for a few months after its release date, at a minimum. I am looking forward to seeing all the interesting ways it’s going to break at launch though. So many possibilities! Although half-jokes aside, I am happy to see that Microsoft is actually trying to innovate on Windows for a change, rather than just say they’re doing something innovative. And I’m also happy to see that Windows is finally leaving some old hardware behind!
  • I decided to have a look at it and installed it on a spare drive in my computer. At the end of the day it is Windows 10 with a facelift, it does seem to run slightly better than Windows 10, it certainly boots up faster than windows 10 does on my machine and it is on a slower drive, but that could also be due to the fact there is nothing installed apart a browser and my video editor. At first I was ok with the start menu, it is fine in the centre, but the start menu could lose the recommendation section and allow the space to be used. not being able to move the taskbar to the top of screen is not great, also no software being able to display anything on the taskebar, I have some software called Xmeter, it puts info about my network, CPU and memory on the taskbar, windows 11 don't allow that. I don't use the store, so that is no different for me. Widgets don't work without a Ms account, so that is a waste of time.
    Excited no, but I was nosey enough to grab hole of it and have a peek.
  • I understand not being excited, but you missed several key points that show how it isn't just a facelift. Why gloss over features just because you don't use them? Why skip several major features? You might not care about the new features, but acting like they aren't there is disingenuous.
  • I was not doing a review, just saying some things i noticed and some that will make no difference to me.
    what major features would you put as being important then?
  • You said "At the end of the day it is Windows 10 with a facelift." The article lists several features explaining why that isn't the case. Totally fine if you're not excited. To each their own. To say there aren't features and changes that aren't cosmetic shows that you either didn't read the article or that I've done a poor job illustrating my point. The main takeaway is that lots of people use Windows. Even if the new features don't matter to you, they are there and make a difference.
  • It is Windows 10 with a facelift, sure it has some added features, but at the end of the day it is Windows 10. No doubt there are changes that we can't see, but Ms could have just stuck them in an update of Windows 10.
    The reason Windows 11 is here is to sell new computers and because Windows 10 name was getting old, Microsoft needed something to get the market going again. I bet the majority of people will not use the features, just like they have not with Windows 10, why do you think MS is using more force on the home version of Windows 11 to get people to sign up to a MS account? Because most are opting for a local account.
  • By your definition operating systems shouldn't get new names.
  • Not when they come out with Windows 10 will be the last windows. I knew that they would come out with a new name at some point, just a bit surprised it came now
  • I agree with Sean here and not to be blunt but maybe you should look up the meaning of the word facelift. "I bet the majority of people will not use the features, just like they have not with Windows 10", does not matter whether true or not, it are still added features and not just visual changes.
  • Ok, I get your point that it is just not a facelift, it is Windows 10 with a facelift and some new features.
  • So ... it's Windows 11.
  • I think it's a fair debate of just how substantive the changes in Win11 are. As a long time insider I see the point some have made these changes are largely rearrangements or updated "renders" of existing features. It really just comes down to what someone defines as a facelift versus substantive. As far as I'm concerned I see it as a bit of both, with a loss of features I need.
  • The tablet/touch and window snapping/memory features are a big deal to me. Not a small deal, a big deal! A godsend actually. It's what Windows 10 should have been. The rest to me is meh, I'm with you there. But we haven't even seen the final version - who knows what other things are in store?
  • So the things you like, could have been put into Windows 10. Windows 11 is just a marketing ploy.
  • You could say that for every OS and every OS update ever lol.
  • Well, yes, but with Android and IOS the OS is normally sold on the device and I don't think a new versions of Android or IOS really get people to buy phones or Tablets, but windows is different. People seems to get excited about a new version of Windows, I have never seen anyone get excited about Android.
  • Technically Windows these days is mostly also sold on the device / laptop (/oem version).
    I have seen plenty of people on Android news sites or youtube getting enthusiast over the yearly OS updates. The effect with Android is a bit less because of all the skins which otherwise tend to add features earlier, but its still there. Eg I remember a real dark mode was being added just (fairly) recently with Android 10. "I don't think a new versions of Android or IOS really get people to buy phones or Tablets", I actually think combined with slight design improvements, security patches and performance improvements this is the main reason for people to buy new phones. It also helps with marketing of new devices.
  • I don't think anyone is arguing the new features don't exist. But you're essentially guilty of shaming those who don't find any value in what MS did to Windows, which makes you no different. I loved pretty much everything about Win8 and pretty much nothing about Win11. I'm fine letting you find joy in Win11 if you're fine letting me find joy in Win8.
  • Android 9, and android 10 were just facelifts with a few features only power users will use. Many people hardly noticed their phones were upgraded. My parents thought the grandkids just messed with their UI settings. My life certainly didn't drastically change with either of those updates so should they have just stayed with the android 8 name as well? 🙄
  • Phones are a bit different to computers, my phone went from Android 10 to 11 a few weeks ago, as far as I can see nothing changed, but unless the U.I changes dramatically, people are not going to notice the change.
  • How is this different compared to W11 where both ui and non-ui parts have been altered?
  • While there have been minor changes in Android over the years, the UI don't normally change a lot. Saying that a lot of Android phones UI are not pure Android, my Oppo Phone works slightly different to my old Huawei p10 phone, because of the skin that is on them, Samsung phones are well, Samsung.
  • I see Win11 as the true successor to Win7. Win8 and 10 were just aberrations.
  • This is not a very clever comment, sorry. But you might redeem yourself by expanding on what you mean.
  • What I read was "if I don't like something then it does count", which is obviously complete garbage.
  • "let's say that the only changes it had compared to Windows 10 were cosmetic. Isn't that still a good thing?" Not when the result could be in an episode of "Botched". Which is the case of Windows 11.
  • I'll give Microsoft more than one preview build before calling anything botched. There are things I don't love and the minimum requirement stuff is stressful and poorly communicated. I'm still excited, but I don't pretend there aren't any issues.
  • After seeing numerous articles written by Sean in which he appears to experience earth-shattering, toe-curling mind-gasms everytime a website releases or updates their PWA, the fact that he is excited about Windows 11 is definitely the least surprising thing I've heard all day. Lol!
  • I wish it was that pleasurable to cover app updates. I do love a good app, but I wouldn't say they cause "earth-shattering, toe-curling mind-gasms."
  • Tell us your hottest app update story.
  • I've covered some weather apps.
  • I'll hold off my excitement that this is bigger than it is being hyped up to be once MS either redesigns, consolidates or completely retires legacy dialog box and features like moricons.dll from Windows 3.1 and a slew of other stuff from Windows 95, 2000, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. It always makes Windows feel half-baked and lazily put together whenever I come across those screens.
  • Blame legacy programs. There's lots of companies still using programs from that Era and they refuse to upgrade because it works.
  • He's talking about Microsoft software, not 3rd party. So much for WinUI bringing consistency across app platforms. If it was true, then it would be.
  • I'm running Windows 11 developer edition on a backup HP PC and it looks great and works fine. I've been using Windows at work and home since the pre-GUI Windows 2.0, and W11 is probably my favorite, more than 3.1, XP, 7, or 10. W11 on a nice Surface device looks better to me than Big Sur on a MacBook Air.
  • "Let people be excited" No. No I will not. 😠💩🗯️
  • "I haven't been this excited about an OS since the days of Windows Phone". And that turned out SO well, didn't it? MS lost 10 billion dollars on that "exciting OS". If you want Windows 11 to succeed, comparing it to past MS disasters is not exactly a great idea.
  • That's really not what they're doing. They're talking about excitement levels not directly comparing windows phone to windows 11.
  • Was there excitement for Windows Phone from anyone but a handful of fanboys? I mean, the sales certainly didn’t show any sort of excitement at all.
  • I am a bit disappointed when I find that I won't able to run it on my 2019 desktop PC. It has 14 pin TPM connector refers to TPM v1.2 which is a clear no-no for w11. Again, hope is the option for w11 on gaming rig. I've to use w10 for next couple of years and still hope the less buggy experience in future updates. 😶
  • I'd be surprised if your motherboard has a 14 pin connector and wouldn't accept a TPM 2.0 module. I haven't run into that issue. Perhaps you can buy one from a vendor with a good return policy? Also, don't buy one now, the scalpers have the upper hand at the moment.
  • Sorry for late response. On that day, Asus updated their FAQ page about TPM. Now, it has been enabled using Firmware option. I shared a link for Asus mobos (https://www.windowscentral.com/tpm-windows-11-what-it-means) comment section. I hope WC admin would update their article with that link.
  • You don't have to have a hardware TPM module. Are you sure your chip TPM is not just disabled? Check the bios.
  • Don't worry, it will work, there is a way to install Windows 11 without a TPM, I doubt that will change, sure you have to replace a file in the set up files.
  • Same here. I even installes an Insider build to try it firsthand!
  • I have loaded W11 on my Samsung Galaxy Book. After using it for a bit, my thoughts... Its Windows dumbed down to work more like ChromeOS or even Mac OS. Yes, Mac OS is a dumbed down OS. The task bar in Windows has always been head and shoulders of Mac or other OSs and 11 strips out features. Same with start menu. I feel MS is making the exact same mistake they made with W8 in that they are focusing on tablet and mobile use while the vast, vast majority of Windows users don't even have touch screens. I mean I loved W8.1 as a tablet OS and was one of the few who actually loved my Surface RT (after a lot of updates). But W8 sucked as a desktop mouse and keyboard OS. Basically W11 adds almost nothing to these users and in fact takes things away. And frankly, I liked the start and super clean Metro look. It just seems like change for changes sake to say its now changed and "new" when there was nothing inherently broken with the 10 UX. The under the hood changes are interesting but could have been rolled up into a feature update into 10. The biggest problem with 10 were all the forced feature updates instead of just letting people choose if they wanted them like the old Service Packs of old.
  • How is it "dumbed down"? Icons replace live tiles (hardly ever supported anyway). Icons are now centered instead of left-aligned. As for the "Metro" look, that hasn't been around since Windows 8 (and started to be replaced with 8.1).
  • How is this focused on Tablets when It has not full-screen option on apps lol
  • Sean, I am totally on board with your take on the Windows 11 rollout. My take is a less technical that yours: Microsoft, finally!, gets to wear a well deserved tiara. Everything about this rollout, including the mascara melting screw up regarding requirements (having melting mascara where a tiara is involved is a rule), is the best happen to the Windows universe is years. The next decade should be one of their best if not their best. My meta sense of this release is we are seeing a radically confident Microsoft emerging.
  • Tried it for 24 hours and left in a hurry. 1. taskbar limited to the bottom portion of the screen, and you cant put it on the side.
    2. you cant remove apps from start menu, only uninstall.
    3. I want the apps to take up the entire space when i turn off recent or recommended apps.
    4 the apps in start menu should be the same size as the links on the desktop and not smaller.
    5. I keep getting confused where the settings Cog is and that's an important piece of the puzzle. All the above needs to be fixed before I get excited. The above are just to important for me. Besides that its a good start. So, I'll wait until the final release is pushed out and try again.
  • IRT bullet 1, they'd already mentioned to keep taskbar location on bottom until public release CU.
  • Moving the taskbar is listed as a depreciated feature on the W11 blog post. I don't think they planned on allowing it to move. The feedback hub is sitting with over 7K upvotes on moving it, so hopefully they fix this. This and the less productive start menu is my major issue so far. As a bonus... why are there no tabs in File explorer yet?
  • 1. taskbar limited to the bottom portion of the screen, and you cant put it on the side.
    See ads13 comment... It will come!
    2. you cant remove apps from start menu, only uninstall.
    You CAN remove apps from the Start Menu (Right-Click - Unpin)
    3. I want the apps to take up the entire space when i turn off recent or recommended apps.
    4 the apps in start menu should be the same size as the links on the desktop and not smaller.
    You have links on your Desktop?? :0
    5. I keep getting confused where the settings Cog is and that's an important piece of the puzzle.
    You can pop it next to the Power Button in Settings - simple :) You may have 'tried' it for 24hrs, but you haven't really looked in to it...
  • I can't wait for someone to figure out the method for forcing Windows 11 to install on any computer, Microsoft's blessing be damned. Then I'll be truly excited.
  • Not sure what you mean? My computer is not on the list of supported processors and yet windows 11 is working ok on it, I even turned TPM off once installed and it still working. I think MS will drop some of the specs or say do it at your own risk. they are just trying to make out they care about security, after all they still have a pretty bad name about that
  • This only works for Insider builds right now. The intent is that the hardware limits will be imposed on launch roll out. Msft has stated they will be measuring performance and satisfaction with older CPUs during the next few months to possible adjust the limits there. But TPM ... not going anywhere.
  • What Ms will do is allow people to install it on any machine they want to, but they will not recommend it, so it is your risk. I can't see MS blocking a load of processors.
    TPM can be bypassed, with a change of a single file and I can't see MS changing that as they would have to put other ways in to stop people doing that.
    But we will see what happens over the next few months. i will have a muck around with it on the other drive, but I am in no rush to use it as my main OS on here, even when it is launched. There are some things I thought was good about it, I kind of liked the start menu, but the more I use it the more I am starting to change my mind,
  • Running it (without activation) on a VirtualBox VM using 4 cores and 16GB RAM. I'm impressed with what I've seen so far. I've done the registry hack to keep the Win10 start menu/live tiles.
  • In my opinion. My opinion. I much more prefer windows 8.1. Just my preference.
  • Me too, once a decent start menu is stuck on it.
  • Same here. Nothing can beat the smoothness and speed and that tablet friendly environment of Windows 8.1 ♥️♥️
  • Tablet with Windows? Why would you do that in the first place. There are very few apps for tablets and, especially with Windows 8, it was tough to not get thrown into windows that had zero touch optimizations. Except for a couple cool gestures, actually just the app switcher gesture was cool. otherwise, tablets were total garbage on Windows 8. You are crazy to claim otherwise.
  • I like the first build. It has some quirks, but is a good start. I actually do find the new design to be very productive.
  • "I haven't been this excited about an OS since the days of Windows Phone, and no one can kill my hype." Not sure that's a good omen fow W11...
  • I just don't get what some people are excited by. Wait it'll have rounded corners! Shut up and take my money!!!!
  • I'm not sure you read the article.
  • Main thing it won't take more time away from me for bug fixing and update problems, than it increases productivity. I'd be happy it'll be a wash.
  • Thanks for this! I've had the Windows Insider Pvw on my Surface Go 2 for only a day, but I like it a lot. Win10 is already pretty great -- it can use a polish, but not an overhaul. The way Win11 has expanded on the window-snapping and desktop management features if huge for me. I also like how the new Start Menu works -- it's more focused and very unobtrusive. I'm also amazed how issue-free the preview has been so far.
  • I want to be excited for Windows 11, but it just takes more clicks to do the same things I do in Windows 10 all day at work. Which equals to less productivity. The changes on the task bar and start menu has led to this. And that's right in my face all day which over shadows everything else in Windows 11 no matter how great it is. In fact it's just like my Mac Pro I also use for work, more clicks to do the same thing as Windows 10.
  • Can you provide an example or two?
  • I work with file migration and work with over 300 file types and use over 40 different programs for conversion. On W10 I can just click on the start button look at my groups, like audio programs (all grouped together), click on the particular one I need and I'm off and running. No moving my hands to the keyboard and takes only two clicks. I have some rare ones that are not in a group and the All Programs is just right there already open and a quick scroll click and it's open, again no moving my hands off the mouse and only two clicks. Some programs I use a lot won't pin to the task bar either which is strange but then others will just fine. There's other things that take an extra click as well but I'm not at my PC with Win11 to remember. I'll have to update this comment later.
  • Taking Time Line out of Task View is another problem. I have multiple monitors and PC's and jump back and forth. On Win10 I just do one click and can jump to any screen (multiple virtual screens) or files, folders what have you very quickly. Now Time Line is in a different place which slows me down, more clicks.
  • "On W10 I can just click on the start button look at my groups, like audio programs (all grouped together)", yeah this is my problem too with W11, I like everything I have seen so far except this. They really need to add an option to cluster or group pinned apps (even Android has it).
  • Windows is a big part of how I organize my life and get things done. It is fine to get excite about Windows 11. Windows 11 is years in the making. It is a big thing. With support for Android apps and touch improvements, I'm hoping people and developers take Windows seriously about being a tablet platform. Windows 11 will be the best OS in the world to support desktop and tablet form factors and with the widest array of input forms (e.g. keyboard, mouse, touchpad, touch, pen with angle and pressure info, voice, camera, microphone, accelerometer).
  • start screen is a **** with recommended apps/files
  • I've always found algorithmically recommended documents/apps to not work. The reason is the organization of information is different all the time. It takes more time for your brain to process the new information each time the recommendations are different than for you to go to the document in a access path you have memorized. Your brain maps the location of things very effectively and people will tend to use that memorized path over reading through the recommendations. Also, indexing is very effective with the Start searching. I've found that I can bring up a document by just typing a few characters in Start search.
  • It's great that Microsoft didn't lose confidence with Windows 10X fading off into the night, and other projects, and sent a flare up to say 'look at Windows again - it's a cool place to be!'
    (NB You're English but you spelled favourite wrong :-P
  • Be as excited as you want. Its still a facelift (currently using Win 11).
    Dynamic Refresh Rate (DRR) - Actually new, but will probably be of pretty limited use. Can't lose too much money on those Surface screens- turn down the brightness just a tiny bit and watch 'em flicker!
    New Ink Workspace - Facelift. Just a secondary app launcher. No actual improvements to inking. Still a buggy mess since Surface Pro 1.
    Direct Storage - Actually new. Lets wait and see the actual performance benefits. I'll bet they're smaller than pcie4 to 3 NVMe drives.
    Auto HDR - HDR is awful in Windows and will continue to be awful when automatically activated/applied.
    Improved snapping - Facelift. Good, but still a facelift. Virtual desktops still a mess (all monitors tied to each individual desktop).
    New Microsoft Store Support for Android apps through Amazon Store - Actually new. Could be great, but Microsoft has pulled the rug from under Android/iOS apps/bridges before. A band-aid, but could be a good one.
    New Action Center Widgets - Facelift on a facelift. MSN garbage. No developer APIs.
  • You said it was a facelift but several of your examples are things you say are actually new and bit a facelift. Which is it?
  • A mixed bag. But mostly facelifts. Almost all of the changes (including the facelifts) here are good, but I think are also proof that any big changes to Windows are almost impossible.
  • Sean, you 'da man! I totally agree, the new 11 update is real, is smooth, touts some killer new features, and brings MS into the future. Most importantly, it gave new life and runs awsome on my Surface X--a form factor I love which has now taken on new life! Be excited, there's a lot there. But ignore the haters; social media is a backroom toilet.
  • The people picking apart everything are really hungry souls. Have a cookie.
    Don't forget to get some fresh air people.
    Windows 11 is a decent free upgrade to Windows 10.
    I appreciate Windows 11 and I'm feeling really refreshed about it.
    I agree with Sean. For those who want to sit around the table with their half-empty cups, by all means, complain away to each other, and good luck to you.
    The rest of us will enjoy the journey, contribute our constructive opinions as Windows Insiders and look forward to what else is to come.
    If you enjoy slagging off Windows, chances are Windows is not your real problem.
    (I love you all though.)
    Peace.
  • I'm excited about Windows 11 and have no interest in what the non-constructive haters think or say. But it's good to have some positive voices in the media to balance out all that wailing and gnashing of teeth LOL. There's still much polishing/bug fixing to do before public release (as to be expected at this stage), but already much to be proud of as well. I was surprised/wowed on day one by immediate availability of an ARM version and being able to run it on Apple Silicon using Parallels. This will ensure I can continue to use both macOS and Windows on a regular basis even while waiting for the rest of the world to catch Apple in the ARMs race (pun intended).
  • Windows users seem to be the most nihilistic bunch. Even if the major changes are UI effects for workflow, that's good. This happens elsewhere and everyone accepts it as such. Further, if the judgment was "most users won't use it", then most people should only buy a Chrome book and a cheap Android phone, as they don't use much else beyond what those 2 things provide.
  • So there's about 50 folks that really hate W11 if I read above posts. The other 1.3 billion silent majority W10 users will migrate to W11 the next few years and actually work as before without complaining or bragging just use the finest, greatest and most successful PC OS brand ever made.
  • Just like they didn’t with Windows 8?
  • I think a middle way is possible between total skepticism and blind enthusiasm.
    1) Naturally, a new OS name is ok since w11 has really changed a lot of the identity features of w10 (mostly ditched them didn't it?). However, the comparison with the naming in Android etc. doesn't hold up: it's MS that has been definitely messing for years with their naming and their promising about it. The other companies have been pretty much more consistent, that's all.
    2) The w11 presentation has been good in my opinion and it's ok to be enthusiast about alle the news like the apps, but it's also fair to say that Panay always seems to reveal the new Space Shuttle :) even if it's a round corner or a very uncertain device like Surface Neo. That kind of "Apple-like" presentation that tries to turn technology a bit into a religion is a little too much to me.
    3) A lot has been rationalized and some UI elements made more pleasant, but still it's true that the PC experience will remain very similar (I'd compare that to the change from full-HD to 4K in a mobile device). And, it's also true that MS has somehow given up on driving the software sector, since they decided to resemble the most used mobile OSs.
    So, I'd welcome both enthusiasts and critics as well, as long as they don't become adepts or prig :)
  • I never have a problem with someone "being excited" about something. I have a problem people suggesting I should be excited. I catch grief all the time because I still love Win8. And, on Win11 I was happy to find out there's a way to change the Start back to Live Tiles and full screen.
  • Nah it's same shi as win 10 but with rounded corners plus some minor improvements.
    I didn't expect much and I've seen not much.
    I still think that they should have made win 10x and leave windows 10 as is. Windows 11 is Frankenstein os.
  • It's so sad that I work so hard on my articles and then people don't read them before they comment 😔.
  • Windows 11 looks great and seems to have some ok features, but what it really needs is to cut all the legacy garbage out. Remove everything possible from ancient versions of Windows and warn people that they will need to upgrade by 2025. That is plenty of time. Purge it all, make Windows lite and efficient so they can pivot faster in the future. Or they can fork it. Leave legacy Windows around for legacy tasks and build something new for the future.
  • I think Windows 10X went more in the direction of forking things, and Microsoft decided to go another way.
  • Well I decided what the heck I will give it a try on one of my PCs. I ran five different diagnostics and they all came back positive concerning my TPM 2.0. So I proceeded. The Win 11 install program could not see it so it would not do the install. No problem so I will just wait, right. Then I discovered that the install process somehow locked a few critical folders so they could no longer be accessed. After five hours of running every utility I could find with no luck I decided to flush the OS and start with a clean system on Win 10 and restore the data. That only took three hours and is probably where I should have started the recovery. I believe the hardware compatibility is still iffy doe some and proceed with caution!!
  • Windows 11 is gonna be interesting.
  • I like it... I just don't like The new start menu needs more customization. The ability to start at "all apps", remove the recommended, and resize the pinned section when not starting from "all apps" The big one though, is the inability to move the taskbar, this is a huge issue for me. I can't move to 11 until this is fixed. Multimonitor setups, or small screens benefit from having the taskbar on the side.
  • Everything about 11 is slow. All of it. Hello, slow... File explorer slow. Todo slow (if it opens at all) so far unimpressed... Round corners... Really.... Because it's trendy now... Ugh. I like a few things but boy feels like a step backwards
  • Start manu on Windows 11 is totally unproffesional
  • Put Windows 11 on a phone and let me have my Surface Phone with continuum and Android apps, then I will be excited.