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Windows 11: It doesn't matter, and you shouldn't fall for the marketing

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

It's the morning after. I've woken up beside Windows 11, and, frankly, it doesn't look all that attractive anymore.

What I'm saying is, I don't agree with the fuss over the new OS, even as someone whose primary job here is to discuss Microsoft news on a site with Windows in the name. The operating system is, as an industry analyst whom I spoke with yesterday called it, a "marketing moment" for Microsoft. From where I'm sitting, it's nothing more than a mild facelift that is being used as an excuse to draft the media into manufacturing consumer interest.

The year is 2021. We have cryptocurrencies named after cartoon dogs ravaging economies, global superpowers affecting worldwide search engine results, billionaires who subject us all to annual Prime Days blasting off into space on personal rocketships ⁠— and people are losing sleep over a dinky operating system's Start menu aesthetics? Are you serious?

Let's all just calm down

Windows 11 Wallpaper

Source: Microsoft via Aggiornamenti Lumia (Image credit: Source: Microsoft via Aggiornamenti Lumia)

Windows 11 will not change much of anything for the vast majority of users. You will still be able to quickly boot up your machine, open a browser, and watch porn. Nothing of value will be altered for 99% of the people set to use Windows 11 in the near future.

Oh, but Skype is being ditched in favor of native Microsoft Teams integration! That'll change everything! ... Except for, it won't. It's another Microsoft product that'll let you call people to talk about brunch plans. A slightly different interface is not going to unravel the yarn that ties our society together.

That sums up the entirety of Windows 11 at the moment, as far as I'm concerned. A few tweaks to its style and functionality do not warrant changing the name from Windows 10, similar to how going to the salon to spruce up your look does not warrant changing your legal name and address.

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Windows 11 Start Laptop Razerbook

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

Is there anything more perplexing than people screaming, like tweens at a K-pop concert, over the concept of rounded edges? Can any other software (outside of anything Apple churns out) garner so much attention for such minutia?

It's also amazing, and life-essence draining, thinking about how Microsoft's more personal, "user-focused" presentation positioned Windows 11 as some sort of essential core to a healthy consumer's life. It's just noise. This Windows will serve the same userbase as all the Windows before it. It will neither increase nor decrease Microsoft's relevance in your daily life. And yet, scripted advertising talking points have positioned this product as the second heart that humans didn't know they needed to function properly.

In short: The Windows 11 marketing machine hasn't quite sunk its teeth into me, at least not in a way that benefits the boys in Redmond. I implore you to leave comments, though. I'm not going to ask you to change my mind since that's a pretty narcissistic thing to request, but if you feel you can inject the Microsoft-branded thunder into my veins, by all means, fire away.

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 robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.

96 Comments
  • Indeed, I too did not have a night without sleep after this announcement. For the cosmetic changes (round corners!!!) I will probably buy new glasses. But I definitely will not buy new PCs only to have 11 instead of 10. This really is an embaressment for. We have several good working PCs in our home and not a single one qualifies for 11. TPM, CPU you name it. That Microsoft did not even care to produce a useful "HealthCheck" app was another blow. I had to install WhyNotWin11 in order to get the sad outlook that after 2025 Windows will be gone for me.
  • So, see you again in the comments here in four years?
  • You're correct in that it technically doesn't matter. But I would be interested more if you had mentioned what would make it matter to you. For me, a new UI that looks more modern and clean is a yes for me, as well as more consistency in the overall interface. Benefits to gaming are also a plus to me, as well as new ways to communicate with people. Wether or not it required a name change for such changes is actually for me the irrelevant part. Nothing that has come out in recent memory has been groundbreaking for the average user. So for most of us, it's the little things that make us happy. If you require monumental things to please you, I'm afraid your life is probably filled with disappointment.
  • last two sentences are serious food for thought...hmmmmmmmmmm
  • All the things you want could have just been added in a feature update or two to W10. And there is nothing not modern about the W10 UX, as far as consistency, I would have rather MS stop wasting time reworking things they just reworked a few years ago and actually update the older shells that are still Vista area under the hood in W11.
  • Excellent take. I agree mostly, but want to add this: all this fuss about new coat of paint and (cut)rounded corners is covering a very important detail: the lack of attention to the details. Ever since Microsoft switched Edge to Chromium, touch input in the default browser for the biggest OS in the world has been practically abandoned:
    * Edge doesn't use Windows native touch text selection UI/UX
    * Edge's own touch text selection UI/UX is buggy, often failing to function properly
    * Using shortcuts like ctrl+C/V/A on touch keyboard often just types the letter instead of performing the shortcut function
    * Windows touch keyboard produces wildly different experience on different websites in CrEdge (just try using it to write a comment here, it's an awful experience; when using suggestion on Disqus and adding punctuation right after, the cursor is moved before said punctuation instead deleting the space, adding punctuation and another space; in Twitter PWA the cursor can bug out and stop deleting typed symbols or move itself to the beginning of the text area without an option to place it where you need it; and many more other examples) And for those who are about to rage-type "There is a new touch keyboard coming" - it has all the same issues, in fact, that weird bug on Disqus is entirely new bug from that new keyboard. At least it returned the ability to hold shift and select text with arrow keys. I'll give it that. And now let's remember that Microsoft owns Surface and Surface devices all have touch support. I wonder if Edge and Windows teams are aware of that? What's that? Panos is in charge of Windows team now? Did anyone showed him 2 years of feedback about touch issues on Edge filed by, presumably, small, but vocal bunch.
  • I hear you about the touch typing stuff so I have nothing to rage-type about. (I could rage type about something else?) I have hope they'll sort this out now that they've shown progress in the tablet area.
  • All of that NEEDS to be fixed. It's so irritating.
  • Frankly I thought Metro IE was pretty good as far as a touch browser. I understand they had to just abandon Trident for Chromium, the web just went in another direction and IE was being left behind. But all the UX work they already figured out was just thrown out the window.
  • It's a performance boost for gaming and it costs me nothing. So, it matters to me. Far more than this article does.
  • Yeah but you commented.
  • Got 'em. Very nice.
  • How many gaming rigs have TPM 2.0? I built mine last year and it doesn't...
  • Most modern CPUs will have it built in, have a look in the bios/UEFI, AMD is called FTPM, Intel is PTT or something like that I think. There is no need for a FTP chip in a lot of machines.
  • I don't have my hands on W11 but it seems to be the UI improvements aren't small. They're the kind of thing that would be very much appreciated by those who live in Windows all day, which is a lot of people. Plus the touch/tablet experience has drastically improved (without hurting the desktop experience as far as I can tell), which is huge for us Windows tablet users. A lot of the changes look like things I wished for. So personally I'm pretty excited (though I'm happy to wait). As for hype, well, everyone should calm down about everything. So there's that!
  • This pretty much sums up my thoughts. Thanks, Andrew G1!
  • I am the Summer-Upper of Others' Thoughts. 🕺🕺🕺
  • Just wondering how long Microsoft is going to have to keep 10 past the 2025 deadline to keep most of its users happy. Don't think so, Would not bet on it. A least not with real money.
  • So you know what "most users" want?
  • Right, I'll follow the advice of this writer and close the site and never return to it again. Good business, huh.
  • I'm sure he won't be installing the Insider build today, since it doesn't matter.
  • Correct! I do not have it installed.
  • I think a lot of people are missing the point about Windows 11. The most significant thing about it is what is NOT in it. Rather, Win 11 kills off all vestiges of Windows 8, which probably should have been done in 2015 with Win 10. Internet Explorer, Skype, Live tiles, tablet mode, a half-baked UX for touch users and an app store that is lacking, to say the least... all gone, and rightfully so. Windows' schizophrenia is officially cured with Windows 11 and coupling that with a pretty new UI goes a long way to presenting a clear, unified picture to the public of what Microsoft envisions as a proper operating system. This will result in a lot less confusion among users and should gain industry support among developers as well as IT departments for deployment. That's huge.
  • Experienced users aren't confused and MS does not control new user's mindshare. IT departments will deploy because MS and its ecosystem are the defacto and its tech recommenders are not going to jump ship to Apple or Linux on the desktops. Believe me, they don't give a crap about rounded edges but they do care about having to purchase hardware, retrain endusers and alter existing or create all new vendor relationships.
  • Only there will not be a unified UI. Windows 11 does nothing to cut out the legacy UI - for example, you get 5 different styles of scroll bar (they might reduce the number by general availability, but I wouldn't hold my breath). You get no touch input fixes in Edge and with proliferation of PWA tech, half of your apps will use diametrically different touch text selection model compared with the OS itself. And as a cherry on top - Edge's native touch text selection doesn't even work reliably.
  • "You get no touch input fixes in Edge" OMG, let it go lol, this is all you talk about.
  • Robert vs. Zac in a battle to the death over rounded corners!
  • I thought this was funny too. I wonder if they had an article planning meeting at Windows Central and decided they needed articles expressing more diverse opinions on this subject. :-)
  • Well, someone's gotta stir the pot a bit so things don't settle.
  • Hard pass on the convincing lol. What I'm curious about - how will the enablement of other stores with in a store pan out. What I am hoping for is that, all game publishers bring their PC client to the store. That integration later evolves to cross save with PC games, Xbox (Game pass) and PlayStation (PS Now). Therefore making Windows the ultimate hub for gamers. As well as truly enabling you to play your games where ever you want. This would be a massive boost for the store and publisher sales. It needs to be pointed out that compared to publisher PC launchers, steam has crazy sales. If Other PC publishers did such sales they'd drive more purchases through their clients too. Imagine picking up outerworlds on a steam sale over the weekend and then firing up xcloud and having your save right there on on your phone on your way home from work. Sure, latency and network reliability will be a pain in the rear for now. But you can see the flexibility lol. This cross save will hopefully evolve to cross network play. Which will drive more engagement to online games. Also mmorpg games with low user bases due to console or PC silos can play together. Lobbies can easily filtered to be client or storefront specific, controller specific, keyboard and mouse specific or all. By simply providing the user the option when the open the online mode before joining a lobby.
  • The analogy that I've been thinking about is the jump from Windows XP to Windows 7... I think the first was the big change in terms of reliability and functionality and the second was a reinforcement of that, resulting in remarkably functional and long-lived operating system(s). It's like when you own a house and you decide to invest in a new roof or better insulation. It's not as sexy or as functional as a new kitchen or whole-room surround sound, but it is definitely an improvement. I haven't done a deep dive on this, but I'd be interested to see a WC analysis. Look at the DNA of a feature like 'Sets' or 'Timeline' and see if it has been integrated into Windows 11. When first introduced, those functions were like third arms or a double belly button... like, you could maybe (or not) see how there was some use to them, but the older approach worked just fine. But, they got refined and modified and integrated. Now we see them in "Start Menu Recommended" or in the ability for restored 2nd screens to remember your window layout. All in all, I think Windows 11 is a realization of a more robust alignment of the focus on design and the principle of a more open platform. Honestly, the last thing you really want in an operating system upgrade is the potential to unravel the yarn that ties our society together.
  • It is a performance increase over Windows 10. That alone is reason enough to upgrade immediately.
  • If you're only using it for day to day office work what's the point..
  • Then you're fine with sticking with windows 10?
  • I'll wait and see, but I bet the truth of Windows 11 is somewhere between the marketing hype and the "It doesn't matter" technology nihilism of the author. But again, I'll wait and see since we obviously don't have enough information yet.
  • I really love the aesthetic of Windows 11 and the general enhancements, but I think I love this article even more. Well done.
  • Hey, if you're having fun, I'm having fun. Glad ya liked it
  • If you're wondering why you don't get invited to parties...
  • I think your comments are pretty much right on target. But, I can't help but take a little perverse pleasure in seeing how Microsoft's miscommunications are causing so much anger among their own enthusiast community.
  • Anger? Wth was the 'community' expecting?
  • Being able to actually run it would be nice. The hardware requirements are stupid.
  • Oh, I'm taking a perverse pleasure from everything going on in these comments and the community at large. You're not alone; we're both having a grand time!
  • I'm curious to see how apps will adopt the new look. Sure maybe the outer windows is curved but will the touch input come with palm rejection? Will this finally aide apps like Illustrator or Affinity Designer to have that feature or will the store based apps be the best choice. Something that has been an issues on Windows for a while. It has been interesting to see the back peddling MS has done since Windows 10 release. Windows 10 felt like they wanted artists and creatives so I hope that is still somewhat in the vision. I do feel this is more of a return to Vista for style but blended with Windows 10x since it was highly talked about. Plus ditching old icons and possibly 32 bit software. However if the new API does finally solve solve issues, and pushes developers to more forward then I welcome this!
  • I've had palm rejection on my Windows 10 tablets for ages.
  • If I have to pay for the license to use I would be upset, if I had to pay for hardware to work with it I would be severely upset (like most of you should be) but I have my surface Book 2 and it will serve me until Windows 12 which by then I will be retired and give no ***** about tech anymore!!!!!
  • Android app support, new store open to 3rd party stores, improved touch experience, design of the os and its apps in the right direction are all things that I'm eager to see. Of course it deserves 11, this update is about the paradigm shift towards open source and cross platform that Microsoft started few years ago. Expect to see more incremental updates in the future that build upon the success of the 10. This clickbaity article brings nothing useful, and don't worry Bob, watching porn will not be removed from this version.
  • Agree with except one point. The name change is fine. Nobody questions Apple's or Google's version point change so not sure why, as usual, MS gets held to a different set of expectations.
  • I was in the "don't change the name" camp a few weeks ago, but with all the new hardware requirements, now I don't really understand how anyone can say it's not a new version of Windows. Obviously, they couldn't change to requiring TPM 2 (I actually think they will change or drop that by the time 11 launches, but that's speculation on my part and separate from this discussion) without a new version of Windows, or users wouldn't be able to update their copies of Windows 10.
  • I kind of aggree with you. Windows 11 et only Windows 10 21h2. However, the real new feature; that I have been asking for a long time, is the screen management. Windows will finally stop messing up my work windows setup every time I unplug external screens or worse, when I return from lunch. That's a great feature that's most welcome.
  • Microsoft missed on the marketing of Windows 11. I'd like to hear what percentage of existing installed PCs can run Windows 11? I'll wager its quite low, maybe less than 20%. They should have marketed it to New PC purchases. Buy a new PC get the new OS. Got an old PC, Windows 10 is just fine. Of course, they want new PC sales, and this is a backhanded way to get the less informed majority to think they need a new PC now. The CPU requirements are brutal. My 6th gen laptop has TPM 2.0, but the cpu kills the deal. Interesting times ahead.
  • I'm willing to bet it's way less than 20%. Probably like 2%, globally. In North America, Europe, maybe a bit higher. Most gaming PCs and non-business laptops don't have TPM.
  • Why was this pathetic rage-bait even approved for this website lmao. C'mon, you didn't even try.
  • Dude it worked!
  • Sigh. It's not Photoshop or MS Paint, that you'd just 'facelift' an operating system. What I think you failed to realize, is that they changed most of their software entirely. Let's begin with the Store. Any and every app is now allowed to be published, regardless of the framework. You can use your own commerce platform and keep all your money, or use Microsoft's and keep 88%. And you can publish on Amazon's android store, and have it in Windows. Action Center. Notifications and Quick Settings are separated. Start Menu. Apps listed in a grid, which can be pinned. And it can search in your OneDrive for files. So it's a lowkey OneDrive search built in. File Explorer, MS Paint, stock apps and Office. File explorer has the same functionality it did since it started back in 3.1 maybe. It changed looks from 95 to XP to Vista to 8, 8.1 and 10. Every time new functionality is added, it takes a **** ton of work to make it usable. Even if we encapsulate functionality and focus on design, it takes another **** ton of work to program that design to life. That's what so many people take for granted. Same goes for Paint, Office and stock apps. Not only are they adding functionality, they are presenting it. Widgets. I challenge you to look me in the metaphorical eye and say Windows 7 gadgets sucked. Widgets are a way to bring that back, at least in a new form. On top of it all, your GPU accesses your SSD directly in games. Your window locations are remembered for multiple screens. And your updates are smaller and in the background. So when you say it will not change much of anything for the vast majority of users, think again. The change is so drastic, yet so subtle, that I feel like your article take it for granted. A lot of work goes into making technology from the ground up, and have it all feel the same as it has been. Unless you're writing it as part of a marketing ploy for having the perfunctory 'boo hoo, it's such a bore' kind of articles for anything 😏.
  • Stop it with all the facts, details, well-explained points, and evidence 😂
  • But Daniel, Alif misses the real point entirely... That Windows 11 is boring. shrugs
  • The real point is twofold: Have you even run Windows 11 to reach such a conclusion? Or did you look at screenshots? How would you define an exciting OS update? What would make this one worthy of 'Windows 11'? How is Windows 11 different or less worthy of an upgrade compared to macOS Big Sur, or Android 12?
  • Yep, I thought the same thing as Daniel here. Big sur and Android 12 are just revisions that include an updated version number. The biggest news it seems with this update is Microsoft finally ditching the follow-our-own-path mentality and conforming more to the industry standard. That's the real story here.
  • Big Sur was much more than a revision. It was built for Apple Silicon, Apple abandoned X86 chips. A tecnological shift.
  • Yes, that one was a major upgrade and yet, to the average user they updated and said, "oh cool! New emojis!" The average user didn't care about the silicon. It didn't transform the way they did what they were doing before in any mind bending way. It simply became more familiar to ipad and iphone users by borrowing similar UX elements. Technologically behind the scenes it was a big update, but the user facing side brought visual improvements, updated user interface, and rounded window corners. That sounds like Windows 11.
  • Sorry Dan. I hit report when I meant reply.😊
  • Jason Ward! Sir! Legend! Where are you these days!! you used to write so much on Lumias and continuum!! always enjoyed your articles-- i would book mark them to read later and only when i was sure that i wont have any interruptions would i read them. you and continuum were synonymous!!
  • You're right, Windows 11 doesn't matter *that* much, but I do like a fresh look after Windows 10 for so long. I kind of like it, but it's going to take a few days to get used to the taskbar/start menu. What matters the most is will it run all the software I need, and it should. Unlike Apple, Microsoft understands that backwards compatibility can be important on tight budgets!
  • I'm looking at this more like the jump from Win 3.11 to Win 95. It seemed at first like simply a face-lift with some tweaks under the hood--and for many, that's all it was. But for the rest of the world it was a revelation, and probably saved Microsoft from slipping into obscurity. Up that point, people like me were looking for alternatives (GeOs anyone?) but I decided to give that 95 thing a try. I was first in line and never looked back. In fact, after working with it, I predicted the upswing in Microsoft stock that quickly followed. I predict here and now that Win 11 is going to have almost the same welcome in the broader computing community. Hide and watch...
  • I created an account specifically to say that I like this writer, and mostly agree with him.
  • Well, I like and mostly agree with you as well. Stick around!
  • I feel the same way after watching every Apple or Samsung ad. "Didn't know I needed it or wanted it, just checked... still don't care."
  • I'm not going to try to change your mind. I'm going to suggest that you find a new career. Narcissism...a great word for the guy who thinks because he's unmoved the rest of us should fall in line.
  • useless upgrade for me
    not interested. nothing in it for me. not one thing.
    I don’t care about new icons, I don't care about wallpaper, I don’t care about corners on dialog boxes, I don’t care about “glass”, I don’t care about animations, I don't care about snap, I don't care about the centered taskbar, I don't care about the new start menu, I don’t care about touch, I don’t care about pen, I don’t care about the store, I don’t care about gaming. none of this helps me get anything done. operating system should sit in the background. make it twice as fast and maybe iit would make a difference. waste of Microsoft resources as far as i'm concerned.
    this is my opinion.
  • Now answer the question, what DO you want in an OS upgrade?
  • You kind of sound like me :), but I do understand that some people will find some features useful, like pen use and the snapping looks useful, maybe they can stick that on Windows 10.
    But I kind of understand where you are, myself I just need a OS that runs the software I need and be reliable and not come up with notifications that Is not needed or pop up silly things. It takes a fair bit of work to stop Windows 10 doing that, and I wonder how much Windows 11 will do that.
    You are right, a OS should just sit in the background, the thing is MS don't class Windows as just a Operating system these days. We are past the days of a OS just being a OS sadly, like Amiga OS, Windows 95 and even up to windows 7 to a certain extent. It all started to go pear shape with Windows 8, MS wanted it to be more than an OS, that is when they Stuck this online account idea into Windows., All i need is a OS to run my software, that is it, do people really care about rounded corners, animations and silly effects? Sure when I was a bit younger I mucked around with stuff like Windows blinds, but as we get older stuff like that don't matter, I love the simple UI now, something like Xfce desktop that is available in Linux would do me fine. It does what it required. I have a pretty powerful machine and while it will run all the effects and stuff that windows 10 have, it is all disabled, because it is not needed.
  • "Windows 11 will not change much of anything for the vast majority of users." Except for the completely redesigned taskbar and Start menu which users HATE seeing changed, specially to something so unbelievably ugly and user unfriendly as what Microsoft has done with Windows 11. It's not that you're not right about the pseudo-hype being more marketing than anything else.
    In fact, the excessive attempts from Microsoft-fanboys to make Windows 11 sound amazing is nothing but ignis fatuus.
    When push comes to shove, the average consumer will look at Windows 11 and have the same reaction to it as they had with Windows 8. And they won't update.
    Then the OS will flop (as it deserves) and Microsoft will come guns-ablazing with Windows 12 and the marketing message that it will fix all the things people hate about Windows 11, from the rounded corners to the taskbar. Just like Windows 10 did after the flop of Windows 8.
  • Let's hope you're right. The question then becomes, will Microsoft make Win12 available to all those left behind under the Win11 hardware specific requirements disaster? All things Microsoft management means the users get a definite "maybe" in the end.
  • no one cares about this except you
  • I think Windows 7 was smaller upgrade to Windows Vista than Windows 11 to Windows 10. It's not about round corners. It means nothing to me. Round or sharp, it's same to me. I don't like live tiles going away. But maybe Widgets could be even better. I don't really like new start. But still, it's a big change. Android apps coming to Windows is pretty big deal. Maybe if they come to Windows 10, then it's not so big. But it's big for Windows, no matter of version. Now I have hope that they have plan to do something in mobile world again.
  • I get what you're saying here. My question is if this isn't enough to call it windows 11, do you believe Android shouldn't keep changing their version number either since it's constant revision on roughly the same level as well? I don't see how this is any different than the same new updates from Android and Apple every year. They're also never ground breaking enough to significantly change how people use them in their daily lives either. Everything I see in windows 11 is Microsoft finally ditching the go-our-own-way mentality and adopting what is familiar in the industry.
  • Finally, some common sense among all the madness. Windows 11 is destined to become the next Windows Vista. Or 8. Or even worse. The absurd hardware requirements alone are enough to guarantee that it fails. Combined with the amount of customizations removed from the start menu and taskbar (and who knows what else), this thing has no chance. Microsoft is acting like they are still King Of The Hill. The truth is, MS is in no position to demand anything. Windows is at an all time low in desktop/laptop installed base percentage (60%). There are LOADS of great alternatives now. This is not 2001 anymore. Windows is now legacy software. Businesses (which make up the vast majority of Windows users) will not want this, for the same reason they did not want 8. Employees will need training. Home users are not going to rush out and buy new laptops to run the same software they are running now on 10, just to have a white start menu with rounded corners. Most of them bought a new laptop last year, in order to work from home. That laptop may or may not be able to run 11. The result will be that Windows 10 will have a longer life than XP did.
  • you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about
  • From what i have seen so far with Windows 11, there is nothing there to make me think, I must update now. The start menu is awful, I know MS was going to change it, but I thought it would just be like Windows 10 without the live tiles. Not that I use Windows 10 start menu.
    As for teams being in windows 11, it is ok having a new UI and that sort of thing, but people have to use the software in the first place and Teams personal is not doing so well. A lot of people still use Skype, but more uses Whatsapp and Zoom these days. I use Discord.
    Ms will have to chuck Teams personal in peoples faces to get them to use it and from what I have seen of it, Teams is not the best to use and the UI is messy. We will see what happens, I am going to start putting a bit of money up, and see what happens next year, and maybe in March on my birthday, I will treat myself to an update, either update this machine, it will be over 5 years old then or think about a Mac mini. I could get one now, but I am not in any rush, so I may as well stick some money up for it and then less money to come out of savings.
  • "From what i have seen so far with Windows 11, there is nothing there to make me think, I must update now. ", while I personally do not see any must have features too (except for maybe Android support), I do see lots of smaller quality of life improvements like better snapping of windows, touch/gesture improvements, Windows remembering positions of windows on external screens etc. I think I will wait for public release though for more stability.
  • very well written with the optimum amount of words. Going revolutionary will be going the windows 8 path so why risk it.
  • How hard is it to let people enjoy things lol
  • Dude ruining stuff is what the Internet is about :-D
  • Imagine the poor people who are so unconfident in their own enjoyment of Windows 11 that this single little article could barge into their homes and take their enjoyment hostage! If random Monday editorials (that people are forced to click on, naturally) have this much ruining power, I now know what I have to do every time an Insider Build gets released.
  • Remember Windows 7? That version was a complete marketing trick, much more than Windows 11 is. It has very little over the latest versions of Vista. The point is that world hated Vista because it was too heavy for the hardware at the launch time and had some more problems that were later mostly fixed, but this initial impression lasted forever. So Microsoft needed a marketing reboot. Right now Microsoft could need a reboot for the Store. The problem is that it is not clear how much they are ready for that. Another blow up would probably be the end of the Store. And as you know (the author of this also wrote about the current problems in the backend of the Store), they still work like a mess in the background. They are still more after trying few tricks than doing a heavy work needed for this to succeed. They are still a closed system where you can't report anything to your manager even if you can't solve the problem. But I can't say that those tricks aren't really good and I can't rule out that this time it will work.
  • I do like shiny and new, so Windows 11 interests me.
  • This article does feel a bit like clickbait, was expecting more arguments. To call it just a marketing trick seems strange to me (unless you would call most OS updates of Windows, Android, iOS, MacOS etc marketing tricks than I can understand it).
  • Get out of here Robert Carnevale.
  • I completely agree with the author.....! Windows 11 is nothing more than a mere media propaganda...! It was Microsoft that announced after Windows 10 that it would be the last windows...! what happened...?! Microsoft most likely was directed to come up with this version for easier NSA spying...!
  • Remember when Apple released Mac OS with a new font and every publication and their mother covered it? The new OS having a new font was the whole story.
  • Also Windows 11 is about new use cases and usability like touch controls being better for resizing windows, centering dock icons like on a tablet, having a unified look across Windows, a more inclusive store, better usability like window snap. There are also technical improvements under the hood and Microsoft is targeting newer hardware and making Windows future proof. It won't make my desktop/laptop do more but it will make my next one be better.
  • I think you're right on point because if you have the option to make it look like Win 10 then where's the big thrill? Of course I would love to be able to stay current with the most up-to-date OS, but when I can't get it to install on an old Lenovo that's only being limited by it's 7th gen Ryzen 3 2200U processor, which does fit the 64 bit multi thread dual core requirement, those requirements seem to be a bit demanding. If your computer can run Win 10 then it should be able to run Win 11, and that's where I feel MS is trying to push the envelope (hyperbole) just to make it look like it's something revolutionary; when really it's just a re-imagination of what they think Windows should look like. Who care about replacing Skype with Teams, or being able to run Android (just another distro of Linux) apps? Win 10 can already run Linux! This has been a very refreshing article to hear an honest opinion from someone whose supposed to be rallying behind Microsoft's biggest marketing scam since the original Surface.
  • I mostly agree. It doesn’t look like anything is really changing under the hood, it’s still the same garbage unreliable operating system I have to deal with every damn day. The way they’re pitching it you would think they started from scratch and rebuilt the whole OS from the ground up. Quite frankly, that would be the only way they could truly fix Windows at this point. Just start fresh, create a truly breakthrough, next-generation OS that can leapfrog Apple. Unfortunately, Microsoft continues to insist on dragging decades of dead weight to maintain compatibility and, ultimately, their OS continues to be an awful, horrible user experience. Oh well. At least we have rounded corners now, that’s going to make such a big difference! Not
  • Repeat after me, "I need Windows 11 in order to breathe properly. I need Windows 11 in order to breathe properly." Now are you convinced?
    ~Microsofft Marketing Department
  • Heh. I think it's working.
  • Well it's october and I would agree. Also not sure if anyone noticed or just didnt care, but the presentation that MS showed seemingly was all about laptops and very little about full fledge desktop pc. I really don't like the anti customization that MS constantly puts out. I want to customize my pc/xbox desktop. I am not just talking about just adding a background image or pretty colors. I want things in a certain spot so I can find them when I want to without having to go through multiple windows and menus or having to search for it. If you have search for something on your pc and not just know where it's at then your not really all that organized.