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4 things we want to see from Windows in 2021

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The new year is almost upon us, so it's time to start thinking about what the year ahead may hold for use die-hard Windows users. In 2020, Microsoft remembered that Windows is an important product in its portfolio, as the global pandemic saw people return to the PC to get their work done from home.

Microsoft has moved fast with the likes of Microsoft Teams, Edge, and Office to cater to users who are now working from home, but Windows is a different beast. Windows can't innovate as quickly as those other products, but that doesn't mean innovation isn't coming. Earlier in 2020, Microsoft put its Chief Product Officer Panos Panay in charge of the Windows client.

This means that Microsoft's top hardware guy is now in overseeing the Windows user experience and feature set, and he has already set in motion a big update for Windows 10 that's expected to arrive at the tail end of 2021. This big update is codenamed Sun Valley and aims to reinvigorate the Windows user experience with modern, consistent designs and experiences.

We don't yet know the full extent of what Sun Valley is going to bring to the table outside of top-level UI changes and enhancements. So, here's what I'm personally hoping to see from Windows 10's big Sun Valley update when it arrives next year.

A better tablet experience

Windows 10x Mock Prox Split

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Windows 10 isn't very good on devices without a keyboard and mouse attached. It's a far-cry from the fast and fluid Windows 8 experience, and I think Microsoft needs to spend some time getting back up to that level of "fast and fluid" when it comes to touch-first devices. I'd love to see fluid animations, better gestures, and a more optimized File Explorer for touch users.

Clean up the system tray

Windows 10 System Tray

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Windows has had the system tray for a long time now, and I think it's time Microsoft gutted it for a more contemporary experience. Remove the date, make the time bigger, and move the overflow menu into the Action Center. You could even take some inspiration from the Windows 10X system tray, which is a single button that opens the Action Center.

Rethink Timeline

Windows 10 Timeline

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It's far from controversial to say that Timeline on Windows 10 is a failure. I don't use it, and I don't know anyone else who uses it either. I'm sure there are some of you, but I don't think Timeline has been the hit Microsoft was hoping it would be, and I think that's because of where it's located. Timeline makes no sense in Task View, and should be in the Start menu instead.

Microsoft should also adjust what actually shows up in Timeline. It doesn't need to show me my most recently visited webpages, but it should show me my recent documents in Office, as well as recently opened files on my PC. I also think the "timeline" aspect of Timeline needs to go away, as it overcomplicates things. Just make it a "recent documents" area, like on Windows 10X.

Integrate the Your Phone experience

Your Phone

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I love the Your Phone app on Windows 10. I think it's one of the best apps on the platform, but my only issue with it is that it's an app that doesn't appear to integrate with the OS at all. I'd love for Your Phone to be an integrated system applet that can pin to the Taskbar, similar, if not identical to how the old My People interface worked.

In fact, it could go right where the old My People icon used to be. You click it, and it pops up a little widget showing your most recent phone notifications, texts, and photos, with a button to jump into the full Your Phone app if you want to do more. C'mon Microsoft, make it happen!

A big year for Windows

2020 has been a year of preparation for Windows. Panos Panay took charge in February, and his influence on Windows will come into full effect in 2021. We're going to see big updates for Windows 10 desktop, the launch of Windows 10X, and a new cloud PC service that lets you run legacy Windows apps from the cloud.

It's fair to say that 2021 is going to be a big year for Windows, arguably one of the biggest since Windows 10 first launched. Windows 10 had been sitting on the back burner before Panos Panay took charge, but now Windows is in the spotlight again, and Microsoft now needs to step up and put on their best show.

What are your thoughts on Windows 10 in 2021? Let us know in the comments.

Zac Bowden
Zac Bowden

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

53 Comments
  • I personally like the systray how it is. I do agree that Your Phone needs to be more integrated, or at least be able to live in the tray. It annoys me to no end it needs to be kept minimized on the taskbar as a regular icon. I would also like to add tabs for File Explorer to the wish list. To say it's long overdue would be a massive understatement.
  • I love timeline! I can't tell you how many times I couldn't find a file but was able to reopen it by searching or simply scrolling through timeline; but I agree MS is neglecting it and should work on improving what shows up there.
  • Timeline does not work if you're connected to an on-premises domain (maybe also on a lower tier Azure-hosted domain, but not sure on that). It gives the 3-day history limited to that machine. It won't sync, even if the user has an associated Microsoft Account. I've given up on Timeline as unusable. I spent a lot of time trying to get it working before realizing that it doesn't work for anyone with this fairly common configuration.
  • For me the phone app hasnt worked in long time its very bad that "consumer" versio is lacking behind and the "preview" versio keeps braking the app that is supposed to be for everyone. Same happend way back with the sms feature they broke it with cortana and later with the your phone app.
  • Mikko, I'm on the general release version of Your Phone and I love it. What's not working for you? Maybe it's something specific to your configuration? I use it to respond to texts on my computer, to email photos I've taken on my phone (because the pictures are automatically down-scaled on resolution, much better for emailing), and occasionally for the screen to run apps on the phone through my computer. These all work great EXCEPT that I don't use a QWERTY keyboard on my computer and Your Phone screen share chokes on the non-QWERTY keyboard when typing in phone apps.
  • Things that were important at one point but left with half implementation or cancellation:
    Sets
    People Bar
    Timeline/Task View
    Cortana
    Fluent Design
    Inking Space
    PWA
    First Party App Support for Windows on ARM
    Migration of Control Pannel to Settings
    Paint3D
    Dark Mode Even if they fix ALL of these, I'll still consider it as being what it should have been in the first place. They need to fix ALL of these AND beyond to be really considered "innovating in Windows 10".
  • Timeline works (no issues with my app here), MS should add it that when you type you search through automaticaly through the timeline though (to be consistent with how it works with Start search).
    Inking space was meant as a demo and worked (they seem to have replaced it with whiteboard now, personally preferred the former for its simplicity)
    PWA works but is just slowly growing I guess (goes for every browser, there needs to be a push from consumers to want it more).
    Paint3D: partly agree, as it is it does work well (as in should be more popular / used than it is) but there is also more potential to help casual 3d modelers etc.
    Dark mode works (developers can choose to support it or not).
  • I don't think I see a problem with the system tray. The location of the overflow button makes sense, the tray is completely flexible in what you want to have there, and where you want it. What's the point of removing the date? It's not like the system tray wastes a lot of precious space either.
  • I do think it's silly that there's an Action Center and a separate overflow button for the System Tray. These should be merged in some way.
  • That makes sense. Maybe show hidden icons at the bottom of the Action Center. It doesn't bother me the way it is, though. I'm very satisfied with the systray.
  • How about for 2021
    Reduce size of the install, maybe have a minimal install like Linux
    Reduce bloat or at least let us remove the stuff we don't use
  • MS is going towards categories for Windows installation like it had in the XP(?) days. Like you can choose out install for gamers, install for work/office etc. So that sort of grants your wish.
  • Why does the size of the install matter? Unless I'm missing something, I don't think I would support MS spending time on this for the handful of users with sub 50GB drives. I would prefer they put effort into improving the UX.
  • It's not the size of the hard drive , it's the amount of bloat hogging the system just give everyone the option.
    Not a fan of the transparent effects and annimations etc I just turn them all off, just want the choice
  • First remove that rotten skeleton of start screen & live tiles that is still left on home screen of tablet mode. It's time to embrace sea of icons & widgets with open arms. Home screen should be provided with ability to pin app icon shortcuts. Widgets functionality in it's dedicated space on home screen just like "today view" widget space on ipad os homescreen. Shame that apple in it's first attempt designed a better starts screen for tablets unlike Microsoft who is still clueless about homescreen expierince in tablet mode. App launcher with grid view Option instead of forcing list view on users. Univesal search bar that is incorporated into action center. Windowed multitasking on tablet mode. let app developers decide what should be app window resize limit of their apps. Allow app icons customization through 3rd party icon packs & themes.
  • MS developed, and showed , interactive tiles/ widgets a long time ago; regrettably they were never implemented in the OS. Just search YouTube...
  • Sadly, that concept never leave research. There was a potential if done right. The right and final evolution of Live Tile is to be widget and allow to be pinned on the desktop and redesign the icon grid system to accommodate it. Though that will require some backend changes with Windows Explorer, and sadly Microsoft doesn't seem want to do major improvements for it anymore. It will be odd Windows 10 not having Live Tiles in the future when iOS, iPadOS and macOS now have widgets and slowly been put more forward, all while not drastically changing the UX for users who just prefer icons. At least this time around, Apple gave some user choice and customization to their homescreen and desktop. Widgets isn't for everybody sure, but it provides additional utility for those who will take advantage of it. Especially when more apps take advantage of it and find more niche.
  • My thoughts on this exactly. I wish MS would build on Live Tiles, learn from the good work Apple and Google have done copying Microsoft's original effort, and enable using them on the Desktop where they make more sense (effectively as widgets/gadgets) than in the Start Menu, which is an open-launch-close function with insufficient screen time for users to benefit from Live Tiles there -- Start Menu on a PC is the least useful place for Live Tiles. The equivalent to a Windows Phone Home Screen is the desktop, not the Start Menu. Not saying they shouldn't be allow on Start, just that diminishes them. No wonder telemetry says people don't care with the current implementation.
  • Removal of live tiles would be okay IF widgets will be there for the start menu to replace it (desktop is not easily accessible for touch and lacks lots of modern functions anyway).
  • Yes, it's perfectly okay if we move away from the Live Tile UI as we know but replace it with widgets like Microsoft Launcher. Just make the UI looks uniform like on MS Launcher, and have it pinned also on desktop and not just stuck in Start Menu where it is not always visible on Desktop Mode. I guess Microsoft were too burned from the Windows 8 complaints that they pretty much have phobia about it, including Live Tiles which was the essential component with Start Screen UX changes. If we really look further from Windows 8 Start Screen, it could have been a replacement for desktop. Start screen is the home screen where we can pin app shortcuts, just like on desktop. But also allows more organization capabilities and almost infinite number to put shortcuts but allows to scroll through them. It should've have been the superior replacement to desktop and All Apps is basically the Start menu for launching apps. It was the wrong approach and poor communication kills Start screen and gives a bad impression to many users who didn't get what it does and behaves.
  • Yes I agree. It is almost the superior replacement to desktop (excluding some edge/legacy cases like old games) but in hindsight Windows 8 killed it by forcing it to soon. I remember even myself disliking it at the time and somewhat logical since touchscreens on laptops was not popular in those days. It was from W10 (I skipped W8.1) that I started to like the new Start menu (/on a laptop with a touchscreen).
    They should indeed just go the same route as MS Launcher for the modern part (with gestures and all).
  • Sadly, the future state of Live Tiles is uncertain, or at least it's going away but sadly no replacement is in the works or any inside information stating its replacement. We seem going more on ChromeOS route with just icons and basic launcher that is essentially launching apps, more akin to iOS of old. While Apple embraced widgets as of late (well they already did since the early days of Mac OS X, but only recently they are giving more care about it since they first introduced it). Funny that latest iOS version, the home screen allows widgets to be sit beside regular app icons, and visually looks like Live Tiles but just with more rounded corner and less to no animation. All while Windows 10 is slowly looking more like early days of iOS with barely any customization with your homescreen other than re-arranging icons, then sometime later with folders. Heck Windows 10X currently don't even have folder support either. They should just take note and follow what they did with Microsoft Launcher. It has dedicated widget page. Or better yet, just follow iOS, but upgrade the Live Tiles system and turn into widgets, then allow it to be pinned in desktop.
  • To me, the number one thing they need to fix, is the following... I use Windows with English UI; I don't use my mother tongue for the UI. Reason? Some of the applications I use provide only English UI (technical word processors, etc.), and it is easier with a single language on my computer. So far, so good.
    --
    For some idiotic reason, the UI language of Microsoft Store apps is *not* adhering to the Windows UI, but instead follows the top-most language in the Preferred languages under Settings/Time & Language/Language. The key problem with this way of choosing language for the apps is the side effect... this language also picks the keyboard layout of the virtual keyboard, and then also the *assumed* layout of the attached *physical* keyboard. So... I use a Norwegian (physical) keyboard because I often type text in my mother tongue. The assumed layout of the physical keyboard is taken from the language for the apps. So if I want to use English language in my Microsoft Store apps, I need to set English as language under Settings/Time & Language/Language -- but then I also get assumed English keyboard layout on my physical keyboard, hence the assumed keyboard layout doesn't match the symbols imprinted on the keys.
    --
    The above problem is totally insane. It is possible that I can override the link between UI language of Microsoft Store apps and keyboard layout, but I haven't figured out how to do it. And even if I can, the whole idea of linking the two things is... crazy?
  • 2021 could be the year I switch to Apple. The HW and SW gaap with Windows ecosystem is getting larger and larger and I can not see how it could ber narrowed in the medium term.
  • I was with Apple for 29 years straight. No Android, no Windows. Switched with the arrival of Windows 10. I'm a sucker for an underdog that is really trying hard. Droids and Windows PCs have dramatically improved. To me there's no longer a point to a flagship phone for almost everyone. So Droid rules. Especially since the Apple canoe notch is still the most pathetic design. I feel so bad for Steve Jobs on that one. Windows 10? The good news it is impressively nimble and stable when maintained properly. (I'm using a Celeron J4125 at my TV and it's mind blowing how 'decent' this under $200 PC is.) The bad news is the learning curve to properly maintain PCs is a death knell for the platform. More and more I hear people asking me, "How bad is a Chromebook?" That's a really REALLY bad sign for Windows. Redmond doesn't seem to understand that almost everyone wants an OS that works like their phones. That the phone takes care of its OS -- not us. One amazing dirty secret is that after absolutely every cumulative or major update the PC user MUST run an SFC and confirm the system actually installed properly. It's outright APPALLING that a computer can't be 'programmed' to do this itself. And then run a DISM by itself if there are issues. It's that attitude with Microsoft that bugs me. There are SO many things PC should do for their users its not even funny. Like giving users an easy way to clean the fans on laptops. It's sickening. I have to admit I was Mini PC shopping this Xmas and I almost went back to the Mac. Why? Their mini costs the same as the PC equivalent and blows any PC equal out of the water with that M1. The only reason I said, well, not yet... is that to get 16GBs and 512GBs of RAM doubled the price. I'm going to try a Minisforum DMAF5 (something like that) which offers me what I want for $599. The AMD Ryzen will be fast enough for my needs.
  • Some of these things are not related to MS but what their oem partners do (that is out of MS's scope). Also Windows 10 is by far the easiest Windows OS for newcomers / casuals to maintain (/and to not mess up). So MS does know it is just that Windows is complex with all its legacy support (it is the only OS that goes this far with it, and honestly I think they do pretty wel from that perspective).
    I do agree with you that more can be improved, especially since just recently they improved stuff regarding big updates.
    Regarding the M1, it is not all that relevant. Apple is just 1 company, even in the phone market Android dominates them. Same thing with pc market where (either MS or Google) will/keep dominating. Apple's so far always seem to have focused on selling as much as different high margin hardware/software (all within the Apple ecosystem) to its consumers instead of market share domination (which is more Google's and Microsoft's thing).
  • How about just "it fixed". You know, after 6 years of this trainwreck.
  • 1- Windows 10 needs better animation. They need to be smooth like the ones in MacOS. Maximising and minimising transitions are awful in Windows. Switching apps using Alt+Tab transition doesn't feel smooth. It's fast, like MacOS, but the transition making it look and feel slower. 2- Bring back multitasking to tablet mode like it used to be in Windows 8. 3- Why not allowing live tiles on the desktop? That's their natural place, not the start menu. 4- Desktop needs new look and productivity features like Fences from Stardock. Many users' Desktop filled with millions of icons, and it's hard to find what they're looking for. Maybe adding a search box at the top just to search the desktop would fix the problem? This is an easy solution, but it is not great. More innovation needed here as it is the main screen of the OS, and little or nothing was done about it since forever.
  • 1. agreed 2. would be nice, W10 needs some gestures to switch between apps smoothly. 3. Because desktop sucks for touch and you cannot switch easily between your open programs and desktop on touch than you can with the start menu / icon. Jumplist support is also not there for desktop icons (in contrary to taskbar and start menu), that is a big no-no for productivity. For non-touch users it might be a good idea though, in that regard I agree but it should not be there to replace the start menu. 4. People can already search for apps and programs, the search bar is even there on the taskbar.
  • "Desktop sucks for touch." I think you mean compared with Tablet Mode? That's not the point. I assume (because it's how I think) that NewVariable means Live Tiles make more sense being always visible in the background on the screen, not just for the brief moment you open the Start Menu, which then auto-closes as soon as you click or touch an icon. The Desktop is the parallel to a home phone screen, not the Start Menu, because it's the default view that you're looking at. When you close or minimize everything, you're on your Desktop. To the extent it lacks touch gestures, fix those, but that's completely unrelated from using Live Tiles as widgets on the Desktop. There's no reason at all that touch can't be exactly the same whether you're running in Tablet Mode or if you're on the Desktop. These are unrelated issues.
  • I sort off agree with that however 1) is that MS is not going to add all those touch things to (legacy) desktop so it will still be a crappy touch experience 2) you would still miss a way to have a quick glance at the live tiles unless they add a desktop icon the taskbar (there nothing touch friendly for it now).
    Maybe it can work the live tile will be visible on both. Or scrap the whole desktop and tile part of start menu and replace it with MS Launcher.
  • I actually like the current system try; it is nice to see the date too and being able to custome which icons you can see it perfect. Maybe they could add a bit better touch support for it though when you want to exit e.g. Steam that is on the system tray. Biggest issues now I think is that autohide taskbar gives OSK issues (hides inmediately after popped out) in programs like File Explorer. And MS Edge really needs some better touch support:
    - fullscreen support for touch (I mean also to opt out of it)
    - more gestures like to close a tab (GestureSign does not work for MS Edge as it does for other programs)
    - prevent the browser from freezing for a minute when trying to select text a few times after each other (not sure what causes this, it is quite of a strange bug). Extra gestures with smooth animations for switching apps.
  • I'd like to see Microsoft officially release Windows on ARM for single-board computers like the Raspberry Pi and others. It can greatly increase the ARM ecosystem for Windows, indirectly benefitting devices like the Surface Pro X.
  • There is already Windows 10 for IoT
  • AERO GLASS !!! if that to much, well at least update Photos, Groove, Films & Tv, so they as capable as what macOS offers.
  • Update Photo app please with a refresh button.
  • I am all for the "Your Phone" suggestion!
  • Windows fanboy really need to stop thinking Windows 8 was the 1950s of tablets. Being better than Windows 10, doesn't mean Windows 8 was ever god on tablets.
  • So long as we're making requests, how about learning to use the edit button so instead of posting 4x in a row, you can make just one post ;)
  • Your Phone badly needs to badly be integrated. Its just not so piss poor as we say in Britain as an App.
  • Time line is a great idea no one needs, so no one uses. Truth be told History in our favourite browser already works and is enough.
  • If it worked, Timeline would be great for showing documents too. It's not limited to web pages. Problem for me is that Timeline is forcibly broken by MS for all of us who connect to on-premises domains, regardless of whether we also have a Microsoft account. And this was a choice MS made. I've fought with them on this for Group Policy to turn this on for all users and they have flat out refused to let this work.
  • Just fix the UX. I like Windows 10 but all of the UX is just dated. Start with the Start Menu. So dated.
  • 1. better tablet and inking experience for both large screen touch monitors and personal touchscreen, 2-in-1 laptops
    2. FULL Windows 10 on ARM with bringing compatibility for all chipset makers including but not limited to Qualcomm Snapdragon, Samsung Exynos, Mediatek, etc
    3. improved VR, AR, HDR Dear Microsoft: Please just focus on getting these 3 things right. Thank you.
  • We want:
    All settings in the settings app
    MMC and control panel to die
    Microsoft eat its own dog food and make all apps Dotnet and UWP
    All apps to come from the store
    Harden Windows to be as tough as OpenBSD
    Make Windows on ARM a priority to get app parity with legacy Windows.
    Make Teams use less than 64Gb of memory
  • More than anything, Windows needs a unified UI. To wit: As you all know, Windows has an old Control Panel containing System settings which are being slowly migrated to a modern Control Panel. Advanced system settings have not yet been migrated, so to change them you must open the old Control Panel and click “System” to gain access to the “Advanced” tab therein. However, this no longer works in the latest version of Windows 10. Instead, Windows redirects you to the modern Control Panel, System subsection, where there are no Advanced settings. There is only an “Advanced system settings” link which, if clicked, redirects you back to the old Control Panel, System subsection, Advanced tab. This is the apex of UI insanity.
  • Now that MS is selling Android, why not just dump Windows and sell Linux with a Win32 system? The entire planet runs on Unix/Linux. All phones are Unix (Android and iOS). All heavy duty DB servers are Oracle on Linux. MacOS is Unix. The only excuse for Windows is Office. Move Office to Linux, and Windows is history. Which is where it belongs.
  • Your phone for iPhone. I mean a proper version. Dell have a version in the store and it works well. However, Microsoft should do this.
  • First of all... Thanks, its functional and almost stable and pretty secure. I know it's an old pice of software and haf of it you don't know what it does at this point. Thanks for the small additions like the clipboard and your phone app, thanks for the new restoration capabilities that make my life much easier when s*** actually hit the fan, the system wide keyboard spellig, oh and it's fast. Thanks for the store and the great apps that came with it like quick look. That said the thing that annoys me the most is the notification center and you can fix it very easily, just rename it to notification torture. Happy new year everyone! PS : for all the comments about "your phone app" stupid name by the way, when sothing works as it should you don't need to see it, it just works, my experience with the app is exactly that. I understand some of you need visual confirmation, let's face it, Microsoft. But with this app I think they did it.
  • I hope individual teams work closely together to resolve issues from Windows Updates. We (the job) still have problems starting with version 1803 to the present, which have caused Office files and applications to work erratically. It's extremely frustrating.
  • I am sorry to say, but the things you propose are plain and utter garbage. People want a functional OS, that does not load and run a bunch of crap in the background, that respects their privacy, that does not install Candy Crush Bubble Saga or restart when they are 10 minutes away from the computer. Don't you see that? Or the recent fiasco with the forced Office PWAs in Microsoft Edge that cluttered the Start menu. Where's you article about that, that's unacceptable, it is the crappies of the crappiest. What you propose is simply stupid: move the overflow menu to the action center so what? It will take 2 clicks to get to it instead of one? It is just a single icon, and in my usage, I find other icons to be way more useless and I don't demand Microsoft to kill them just because I do not like them (for example, I never use the sound icon, but I am sure I am the exception, not the rule). Remove the date? Why? That's what you call improvement? At most offer an option to hide it, sure, but why remove it, I like it there, since I anyway have the space, why not show it there, for me, it even helps. You know what would be an improvement? Letting users set custom formats for the clock (a built-in T-Clock). That's an improvement, not your Apple-style 'adapt to how I envision it or die' approach. Timeline again... yeah, besides it being broken, what it really is, it needs more than what you say, it needs an actual purpose and... maybe would find that screen more enjoyable if they would bother to fix the animations that are broken there since when the old Task View code was deprecated (which was faster, why does it not fallback to that when not using Timeline is beyond my understanding, that was much better). Like, 3 years ago and it is still this broken? They have a lot of stuff to work on, but I bet under the same 'leadership' that they had until now, they will again reinvent things that actually worked and never address the really problematic areas. Also, modularization, a lot of people do not spell that out, but actually want it: why do we have to put up with Microsoft Edge? This is a desktop OS, let me uninstall it. Internet Explorer can be removed, what, does the EU again have to mess with them, they still haven't got the message? A lot of stuff is incredibly badly laid out: why is the Snap Assist code in Explorer when that is a feature of the window manager? Why isn't that in the Desktop Window Manager then? And why do we have to run dwm all the time all of a sudden, why can't it be disabled? OK, maybe UWP apps need it, fine, but why not finally offer an API to interface with it? All these years and even though Windows has and has had a theming engine for years, it still ships with only 'Aero' as its theme (which has specific behavior hidden and hardcoded in dwm... so yeah, with that level of cringe, no wonder they do not open source these apps, you can't publicly show such code) and a few other themes. All modern stuff is all about modularization, about decoupling stuff from one another, only Windows components got even more tied to each other for no real technical reason other than laziness or amateurism... But yeah, I still like Windows, like, I don't like the current Microsoft and the direction, I like it as a platform, and deeply respect people like the guy who wrote Task Manager and has a YouTube channel. That's a real engineer from the time when actual thinking was put on the stuff that mattered, not what gradient to tweak today or whether to preload Spotify, Bubble Witch Soda Saga or maybe both. And I can only recommend people 'debloat' this as it actually is a pretty good experience once you remove all the preloaded crap. I think it is shameful for present-day Microsoft that third-parties can provide a better OOB experience on their OS than they can, and by what margin...
  • "why do we have to put up with Microsoft Edge? This is a desktop OS, let me uninstall it." say the same to Apple because I can't uninstall Safari.
  • I strongly disagree with every single comment you made about timeline. I love the feature. It's perfect in the systray and would be used far less if MS moved it to the start menu. It should include recent web pages and should be set out as a timeline. I use it frequently to go back and see what I did on a particular day when I haven't entered my time for that day. It's also great to get back to a web page you can't find.