We finally had a practical look at, after Microsoft unveiled the new operating system at a virtual event on June 24 and released a first early build shortly thereafter (find out ). Windows 11 Features , with a and a cleaner, Mac-like aesthetic overall.
While Windows 11 will bring someincluding , , and one more integrated It’s not a full Windows 10 overhaul. Several features that CNET editors, including Jason Hiner, Stephen Shankland, Lori Grunin, and I were hoping to see in terms of performance and productivity, did not come to fruition. Or at least, they weren’t there at the first glance we got.
These are some of the changes that we would have liked to see in Windows 11, but we didn’t.
A vertical taskbar option
While you can move the taskbar in Windows 10 to a vertical position towards the left or right edge of the screen, the end result is usually a bit cluttered in terms of the user interface. We were hoping this would remain an option in Windows 11, it just got cleaned up a bit. However, it appears that Microsoft rejected the feature and you will need to keep the taskbar at the bottom of the screen.
Computational videography for webcams
With many people switching to remote or hybrid work, the need for a robust webcam experience is imperative for all those zoom and team calls. Theand recent already includes to improve quality. We would have loved to see this feature in Windows 11 for webcams, which could also have given PCs an edge over it. , but not dice.
Faster Windows updates
Windows 10 Microsoft’s move to offer Windows as a service, with continuous updates, which is great for keeping the represented machines safe. However, these updates can be slow. In Windows 11, we’d like to see a more Google-like approach with Chrome OS, where the update happens on a second partition to be done in the background. But it seems that the processone time it will be the same as it has been for Windows 10.
Faster shutdown, reboot and wake up from sleep
PCs running Windows 10 may face slower shutdown, reboot, and wake times, sometimes due to the need to close apps like the task manager. We would have liked to see those options sped up in Windows 11, but Microsoft didn’t mention any changes on this front.
Three-finger trackpad for drag and drop
MacOS offers the option of using three fingers on the trackpad to drag and drop items. But Windows machines currently force you to double-click to do this. Again, Microsoft did not mention any changes here during their virtual event.
Easier options to reverse the direction of travel
MacOS makes it easy to reverse the mouse scrolling direction if you like from System Preferences. But in Windows 10, you have to enter the registry and it is a more complicated process.
Simple user account creation
In Windows 10, you must sign in to create a new user account, and Microsoft recommends that the new account also be attached to a Microsoft account. While we wanted to see easier user account creation without logging in or being pressed to create or connect a Microsoft account, Windows 11 Home goes in the opposite direction: youto get the update.
Improved configuration of multiple cameras, webcam, microphones and headphones
With the rise of working from home, more people are upgrading their computers setup with multiple webcams, microphones, and headsets. However, Windows 10 makes it difficult to choose the device you want to use and sometimes requires you to disable one of the others. While Windows 11 has added some useful features for the hybrid workplace, including Microsoft executives did not discuss any changes from a hardware configuration perspective.
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