Windows fans can see any changes to the Start menu. After all, one of the big selling points of Windows 10 was that he restored this feature to its former glory after Windows 8 tried unsuccessfully to sell us on a full screen Start menu. Currently, however, the implementation of Windows 11 may make more sense today. Like the new Taskbar, it’s about reducing clutter. I rarely run through my entire Windows 10 Start menu, so having a large collection of scheduled appointments is easier to navigate. And if I’m really into a run, I can even hit the Windows key and start typing to quickly search for an app. Microsoft only facilitates us in a world where we don’t have to fish around the entire Start menu.
Microsoft has also added an ingenious way to slam windows without dragging them. Now when you hover over the maximize icon in the title bar, you will see a collection menu of possible shooting positions. Just hit the one you want to get the window in position. Maybe I’m just too nerdy about Windows, but I think this feature alone would fundamentally change the way I work. I hate manually resizing Windows, and I’ve always found the automatic scanning feature to be a bit awkward.
Honestly, this is also a huge leap ahead of MacOS. Throughout its flourishing concept, I have always found that managing windows on the Mac is absolutely chaotic. Typically, I rely on Apple’s Expose feature to go through all my windows. Without it, using a Mac is just a pain.
In addition to the Taskbar, the Start menu, and app updates, there are a few visual updates that modernize Windows 11. The corners of the window are slightly rounded now, and there are icons. refresh throughout the OS. There’s also a new startup bell and a few other different system sounds, but nothing that feels really transformative. Still, it’s nice to see a new Xbox app, which gives you direct access to everything about GamePass and the usual Xbox social features. Widgets are back as well, although historically they haven’t been too useful on Windows. We are still waiting for other major changes, such as the renewed Microsoft Store it was rumored.
So far, Windows 11 is just like a big Windows 10 update. I was also able to upgrade an existing installation of Windows 10 without issue, and all of my existing apps worked fine. But remember that we look at a first leak of the OS, one that I feel is that it shows us only portions of an incomplete construction. There are going to be a lot more features coming up. But if Microsoft sticks to the main idea of decluttering Windows and making it easier to use, at least Windows 11 won’t be another Windows 8.
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