Taking Microsoft’s Windows 11 for a test drive
For tech reviewers, criticizing a new operating system is a ridiculous ritual.
It’s like being a professional house inspector who provides a report that is always like this: You need to know about the house you are about to enter. Some parts are great, but there are big problems. You are moving forward anyway, so, you have to learn to live with it.
Because operating systems are basically where your digital life takes place. If you own a personal computer designed to run Windows, you will probably continue to use the next version of Windows, no matter how good or bad.
That’s how I felt when I tried Windows 11, Microsoft’s first major operating system update in six years. The company has introduced it as a new start in Windows with modern, people-oriented design. (It’s not new how tech companies remind us that their products are designed for consumers, in contrast to my Labrador retrieval.) The software will be available on many Windows personal computers this holiday season. There will be free updates for.
Windows has Windows productivity tools, such as the ability to quickly shrink and reorganize Windows, and support for the mobile Android app. Yet Windows 11 is ultimately an evolution. While improvements are coming, parts of it are known to be frustrating.
I tried the initial, incomplete version of Windows 11 for a week. There are some highs, such as a design that allows software to treat mobile devices the same way, and some shortcomings, such as the historical concept of widgets, which are basically small apps that live inside the dashboard on your screen. ۔
Here is a summary of my inspection report, good, bad, and ugly.
Microsoft executives have hailed Windows 11 as a new start to personal computing that includes people. Carnavi WordPlay aimed to highlight the biggest design change in Windows: the iconic Start button, which is traditionally pressed from the bottom left corner, has moved to the bottom center. And now the start button doesn’t load the list of settings and apps. It displays your apps folder.
This is the same interface we use on Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, which displays the tray of important apps in the center at the bottom of the screen. Still, it’s a welcome change. In previous versions of Windows, the Start button opened a laundry list of apps and settings that were hard to see.
The most interesting change in the new design is a feature called Snap Layout, which I loved. In the upper right corner of an app, when you hover your mouse cursor over the Max window button, a grid opens to display various settings that automatically shrink or re-place the app. Is.
So if you want to change an app window so that it is only on the left side of the screen, you can click on the same icon to get to this position. It’s much faster than moving a window and dragging a corner to the right size.
Youssef Mehdi, Microsoft’s chief executive, said many of the additions to Windows 11, including support for the Android app, were designed to keep people running on their machines. For example, when you order an Uber, you no longer need to pick up an Android phone to order a car, and you can do so directly from the Uber app in the Windows machine.
Yet many new features did not keep me afloat.
One of them is the ability to create multiple desktop spaces, called Microsoft Task Views. The idea is that you can have a desktop screen for every aspect of your life. A desktop can be dedicated to working and displaying shortcuts to your email and calendar apps. The other can be dedicated to your personal life and show shortcuts to all your sports.
It all sounds great, but splitting your life into separate desktop screens made me feel so much faster. Finding the right app to switch and launch on a specific screen takes more time using the search tool to quickly find and open an app.
Windows 11 also replicates the widget you have, a concept that Apple and Google operating systems have long used. Widgets is basically a lightweight app that is always open like a weather app, calendar or stock ticker, so you can quickly look at important information. To view widgets, you click on a button that shows them all moving sideways.
I never get into the habit of using widgets on any of my smartphones or computers because it feels superfluous – and so it was with Windows 11. Widgets displays your calendar as information of the size of the deduction for the current date and your next appointment. But whenever I check my calendar widget, I want to open my entire calendar app anyway to see all my events of the month.
Microsoft plans to allow Windows 11 users to access Amazon’s App Store to download Android apps. It wasn’t available for testing yet, but I guess it could get things about your flow. We say you like a great app for Android and add all your work there. If you don’t have the same app as a widget, you won’t be able to see your to-do list in the widget’s dashboard. Why bother with widgets?
These are just the beginning, as Windows 11 is about to be officially released during the holiday season, and much of the software is subject to change. But one issue that is unlikely to change is that for security reasons, personal computers will have to include, at least, recent chips from Intel and AMD to install Windows 11.
This means that millions of computers running Windows 10 on older hardware, including some that are a few years old, will not be able to run Windows 11. So at some point, these users will have to buy new computers and new features in the operating system to reap the strong security benefits.
In other words, unlike previous updates that are free, Windows 11 may mean you have to pay for a truck to move into a home that is familiar with some new window dressings.