More than a month has passed since Microsoft started offering Windows 10 users to upgrade to the new version of the operating system, and some of you are probably debating whether this is a worthwhile move. Here’s all the important things to know about Windows 11 before you click Install
We are now about a month into the launch of Windows 11. This is not a wording error – we are not a month after launch, but a month into it. This is a gradual process, which began in October 2021 and will not end until mid-2022. During this period, Microsoft will slowly offer more and more users to upgrade from version 10 to 11. Should you agree to the upgrade? Refuse him? And what do you do if you have no patience? Questions and Answers.
What is the price of refusing to upgrade?
For the next four years you have nothing to worry about in terms of security and common bug fixes. Microsoft has promised to support Windows 10 through October 14, 2025. And as befits a date that is four years in the future, nothing is final yet. If you’re afraid of upgrading, or just do not want to get used to new things right now, there’s no problem waiting a few months – or even a few years.
Why has Microsoft not yet offered me an upgrade?
If your computer complies with the Windows 11 system requirements, Microsoft may not be sure it can handle the update well. When your computer asks Microsoft servers what updates are available for it, the servers check which computer you have – specific models of processors, memories, video cards and other hardware, along with the currently installed driver versions. If Microsoft is not sure that similar computers worked properly after the update, it will not offer it to you. This is one of the reasons why the process takes a very long time.
Okay. So should I upgrade?
This is the simplest upgrade process between “large” versions of Windows I have ever experienced. In most ways, it is no different from the bi-annual upgrades that Microsoft has launched for Windows 10 in its six years of existence. About an hour after I agreed to upgrade, I was already inside the new operating system. And the first impression was of an experience very similar to the one I emigrated from.
Yes, the taskbar has changed, and so has the “Start” menu, but these changes mostly looked like a new color layer and not a change of perception. Even after a month, I still zigzag between Windows 10 and Windows 11 quite easily – this is not an operating system that will throw you into the deep water.
But this is not really an answer to the question of whether it is worth upgrading
Right. You will not receive an unequivocal recommendation. This is a decision that should be based on your Windows usage habits and your willingness to leave some behind – at least for a while. This is because not only does the launch of Windows 11 take time, but also the process of drawing Microsoft’s conclusions from the changes it has made will take time.
Take, for example, the taskbar. For decades, there were people who attached the line to one side of the screen and not to the bottom. In Windows 11 this is impossible – for now at least. Will this ability return? Microsoft is not yet ready to commit to that, saying they are learning the feedback. But if you’re one of those people who’s used to a side-by-side task, you may want to wait.
The same is true for people who can not without dragging files into taskbar shortcuts. In previous versions of the process you can open the file in the application to which you dragged it. In Windows 11 this behavior is not supported, although here Microsoft has already promised to restore the old crown. It’s just not clear when.
Or you just do not like changes, even if they are welcome, like the new “Start” menu that no longer wants to show you content rectangles that take up a lot of space and convey little information. The new menu combines a search bar, shortcuts you set, and operating system recommendations based on usage habits. Did you download a new file? It will probably be on the recommendations screen, along with applications where you typically use scripts that Windows 11 thinks are similar to the one it thinks you are in.
How many fundamental changes are there really here?
In a month of use, I have often found myself using capabilities that did not exist in Windows 10, or were hidden in it. One of the most notable of these is the ability to arrange the windows better on the work screen. If the mouse cursor lingers a bit on a window magnifying icon, a small menu will open that will allow you to select the size of the window and its location. Microsoft has been allowing you to drag a window to one of the corners of the screen for years to enlarge it to a pre-set size, but here there are more arrangement options, and access to them is simpler.
Another place where I found myself much more than before is the operating system store. The year is 2021, and Microsoft finally has a useful application store within its operating system. Why? Because she opened it to every application, more or less. It does not have to be built on a specific technology, or sell things only through Microsoft’s payment system.
This is important because in an ideal situation, the application store of the operating system is the most convenient place to find an application that you need, or an application that solves a problem that you have. And while this store is not there yet – there are not enough reviews for applications, and the selection is still not high enough, but if you have developed software for windows, now there is no reason not to put it in this store.
Definitely not. Windows 11 also has a lot of smaller changes. The painter application, for example, has been given a much new and more convenient design. The widgets menu, which got a big icon in the taskbar, has also been redesigned and I found myself approaching it more than before. There is also a mode that turns off all alerts except the important ones, if you want to work without interruptions.
I have not yet mentioned the integration of the Teams call implementation within the operating system, simply because I have not used it at all. Microsoft wants you to talk to friends and family through Times, which started out as an enterprise communication tool, but it’s not clear to me why I would want another communication application in addition to WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, Discord, Slack, Skype, Outlook and a few more already installed for historical reasons.
Another capability I haven’t addressed yet is running Android apps within Windows 11. This has started to make its way to the beta users of Windows 11 already, but only in the US and through the Amazon app store.
After a month, I still find quite a few changes. Thus, for example, only while writing did I notice that clicking on the speaker icon in the corner of the taskbar brings up a new interface, which allows you to control not only the volume but also the application of the music. I have such revelations almost daily, and most of them surprise me for good.
In general, Windows 11 today feels to me like an initial version of a good operating system – one that is already sufficiently ready for most users, and in time will become much better.