Perfectly divided: Half of Windows Central readers like the name Windows 11, half don't

Windows 11 Tease
Windows 11 Tease (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • The future of Windows will be unveiled in the next few weeks.
  • We ran a poll gauging people's interest in a potential Windows 11 namedrop.
  • It was a clean 50-50 split between those for and against it.

The next generation of Windows will be revealed to the public on June 24, whether people like it or not. With the winds of change in the air, it seemed like a good time to ask how people feel about the potential debut of the "Windows 11" name, so we ran a poll on Saturday, June 5. As of right now, the poll's results show that half of Windows Central readers don't like the idea of the Windows 11 name.

Based on the results present during the writing of this poll analysis, 49.91% (1,092 votes) of readers gave the Windows 11 name a hearty endorsement. In comparison, 50.09% (1,096 votes) declared they were not excited by the prospect of the theorized name becoming a reality on June 24. However, those results are changing every few seconds, so even a handful of new votes could tip the scales. The poll's still open if you want to make your voice heard.

Lots of readers have elaborated on their Windows 11-related thoughts in the poll's comments section. Some are excited by the idea of Windows 11 providing a clean break from the wild ride that is (was?) Windows 10, others don't dig it, and one cheeky commenter has even nominated Windows 9 as the true name possibility to be excited over.

Many commenters have pointed out the obvious: At the end of the day, a name's just a name; what matters is what the next generation of Windows actually does. There are also those championing the ultimate solution to name problems: Drop the numbers and keep it to "Windows." That idea sprung up in one of our previous polls as well, with the minimalist approach winning the day.

Robert Carnevale

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to