Windows 11 has been out for testing for over a month, many have already formed an impression.
Pro: Design improvements
Windows 11 is still in development, but it already boasts a lengthy list of revamped and improved design elements. This includes much more than the rounded corners. The appearance of context menus is more consistent. This design element is found in different parts of the system and Microsoft has been going in this direction for a long time.
Even those who have long ceased to be impressed by Windows feel like Windows 11 piques their interest. Some want to try out the new functions, others admire the visual changes. On high-performance laptops and computers, you get to enjoy smoother and more streamlined navigation through the system. This even raises users’ interest in joining the testing program.
Con: Remaining inconsistencies and UI issues
Windows 11 has undergone many design improvements, but some inconsistencies persist. For example, you can still encounter different context menu styles. Right-clicking in the Edge browser, you will see the same design as in Windows 10. Right-clicking on the desktop will display a context menu in the new Windows 11 design with rounded corners.
There is still hope that Microsoft will fix the UI inconsistencies before the final version of the system is released. The company has been striving for a consistent design for several years, although this goal is yet to be achieved. Windows 11 is still a few months away, so there’s plenty of time to address some of the shortcomings.
Pro: Redesigned Microsoft Store
The Microsoft Store has been Windows’ weakest link for many years. It’s rarely used, and some people do not even know it exists. In Windows 11, Microsoft tries to fix this flaw. The store looks better and works better.
In Windows 11, Microsoft shows its commitment to the store. The new revenue-sharing model, in-store support for Android apps, and new ways to restore apps are already yielding results. The new store has apps for Zoom, OBS, WinZip, TikTok, and a few others. The store looks and functions better, and the number of apps is growing.
The Start menu in the new system looks inconsistent at the very first glance. For some users, the most noticeable is the lack of live tiles, but there are other changes.
When you first boot the system, the Start menu contains many unnecessary and even uninstalled applications. You can view them as advertisements. Naturally, Microsoft makes money on this, which many people dislike. Users would rather have a clean Start menu and fill it with their preferred apps.
Speaking of installed applications, for some reason they are hidden behind a button. Instead of just scrolling through them after clicking the Start button, you need to click one more button – only then you get to scroll through the app list. Few users are happy about this.
The menu turned out well, but it would be even better without ads and complicated access to applications.
Pro: Docking windows
If you have multiple monitors or at least multiple windows open, the enhancements in Windows 11 will improve your productivity. Microsoft borrowed several PowerToys ideas for docking windows.
If you hover the mouse pointer over the maximize button of any window, various window snapping options are offered. To decide where the window will be anchored, you can select a ready-made layout or even a specific section of this layout. For example, if you hover your pointer over the Paint maximize button, the application will be positioned on the right side of the screen. You can fill the remaining space with other applications.
This is a step up from Windows 10 and will boost the convenience of those who like to work with multiple windows.
Con: The inability to test the Windows installation
Many people have been using Windows 11 for several weeks, but not everyone has received this opportunity. The minimum system requirements are quite high, which is why even modern computers may turn out unfitting. Microsoft has allowed some longtime testing program members to install the system on older computers, but this isn’t an option for everyone. On top of that, their computers may not be able to boot the system after the final version is rolled out.
This problem is unlikely to vanish after the release of the final version of Windows 11. The minimum system requirements have been discussed for more than a month and feedback is predominantly negative. Microsoft has been silent for now.