Several years ago Microsoft intended not to change the number of its main operating system for computers - the “ten” was supposed to stay with us for a long time. However, the next major update, according to marketers, obviously turned out to be worthy of the new number in the name of the OS. Windows 11 will bring users not only new features, security and performance improvements, and a redesigned design, but it will also lose some of the familiar elements. Although if someone gets upset because of this, they will only miss a couple of them.
The presentation of Windows 11 took place just over a month ago, and since then, journalists and IT enthusiasts have been collecting information bit by bit about the new Microsoft operating system. Its release to mass users is scheduled for mid-fall. The company did not give a specific date, so there is no certainty yet. A lot of reviews on the beta version of the upcoming updated OS have already appeared on the Web, however, the information provided in them should be treated with skepticism: there may be radical changes in the final assembly.
Nevertheless, some points are known for sure. Windows 11 will be markedly different from its predecessor in design - redesigned icons, window style and system sounds. In addition, a lot of work has been done to optimize the code (at least, we are promised it), reduce the disk space occupied and improve the security of the system. In terms of functionality, slight differences are expected from the “ten”, the list of which was compiled by the online edition Gizmodo.
Archaic and famous for its, frankly, dubious benefits, coupled with not too impressive performance, the Internet browser remained on the system until the latest versions of Windows 10. Nevertheless, the "old man" is finally finally sent to rest. Well, for those users who are not fortunate enough to work with specific software products, tightly integrated into Internet Explorer, can only hope for the "IE compatibility mode" in Edge. Unlike the "dozen", apparently, in Windows 11 there will be no way to even force the installation of the old browser through the management of system components.
The popularity of this feature turned out to be much lower than Microsoft's expectations, which is why it is probably being abandoned in Windows 11. If you're wondering what this thing looks like, press the Win and Tab keys on your keyboard at the same time. In the OS settings, the option "keep the log of actions" must be enabled. It allows you to broadcast to devices that work with the same account, the last actions of the user for 30 days. For example, visited sites and open documents in Microsoft applications.
This design innovation appeared in Windows 8 and Phone, when Microsoft was actively developing a new interface style based on tiles. By their purpose, they are similar to widgets, but they have not gained popularity among users and developers either. It turned out that small elements of the main menu interface, which provide a certain minimum amount of operational information, are not very easy to read. Interestingly, Microsoft's widgets in Windows 11 are just about to bring back.
Grouping tiles in the Start menu
But this is already a loss for a fairly significant category of users. For some unknown reason, Microsoft decided to deprive customers of the ability to combine tiles into arbitrary categories on the extended main menu screen. Moreover, they cannot be resized in Windows 11 either. And although the last limitation is understandable - there are no more live tiles, so there is no point in increasing the area occupied in the interface - the ban on grouping looks strange. Well at least the Start menu itself can be removed from a new place in the center of the screen to the usual one - in the corner.
Quick notifications (Quick Status)
Have you seen these icons or even entire blocks of notifications from some applications on the login screen? Well, at least with the initial setting of "tens" a few years ago? In general, it is understandable why they will no longer exist - like the timeline with live tiles, almost no one used this element of the system. And they spoiled the appearance of the system. So in Windows 11, the Quick Status functionality will be mercilessly removed and applications will not be able to access it.
Positioning the taskbar only at the bottom of the screen
The second "innovation", because of which Microsoft is already receiving a flurry of negative reviews. And what will happen when Windows 11 finally comes out is hard to imagine. A huge number of people place this interface element on the side (which is convenient on widescreen monitors) or on top, as in many Linux distributions. The beta version of the new OS retains the ability to move the taskbar to different edges of the screen through a parameter in the registry. But this is already a special "witchcraft", inaccessible to the majority of mass users.
The main elements of this function of Windows 10 in the next OS are immediately integrated into the system. You no longer need to switch interface modes manually: the "windows" will determine the configuration of the computer automatically. On the one hand, it is convenient for various transformers with a detachable or folding keyboard and a touch screen as the main input means. On the other hand, some enthusiasts who have already tried out the beta version of Windows 11 note that the automation is not working very well so far.
Microsoft's voice assistant is hardly the most successful example of such software on the market. However, Cortana has never been the worst intelligent assistant. However, in Windows 11, its integration with the OS will be significantly reduced. At least in terms of obsession for the user: the helper icon will be removed from the taskbar and will no longer be maniacally forced to customize it during installation, as well as after major updates. According to some indications, Cortana can generally be made a business tool with an appropriate distribution model and is not available in “home” systems.
Protected Mode S Mode
Like the previous feature, this sometimes useful tool will become less readily available. The ability to forcefully block the launch of applications not downloaded from the Microsoft Store will remain only in Windows 11 Home edition. Now this can be done in the "professional" edition of the "dozens". Enabling such a protected mode should theoretically improve security and improve system performance.
Installing this veteran of internet communications on Windows 11 is still fun. It will simply be removed from the starter set of applications. What is not a disappointing solution from Microsoft: Skype has many more convenient, lightweight, and functional alternatives. And it is not so easy to uproot this ancient monster from the system. But the company didn’t make this change for the sake of customer care. It's just that Skype partially competes with the functionality of the Teams software solution, which is now Microsoft's priority.