Microsoft’s current operating system, Windows 10, was released in 2015. Six years later, Microsoft has now announced its successor, Windows 11 with an expected date of October 2021. So, what’s new about the latter flagship OS vs. the former? Well, here’s just a small list of the numerous features:
- A whole new interface. As Microsoft says, “We put Start (button) at the center, we put you at the center.” Microsoft has made all icons and file explorer at the center to create an image of revolving around the user. It also has entirely changed its homepage and start menu
- Windows 11 will be able to run Android Apps such as Tiktok and Instagram
- XBox Game Pass will be integrated to Windows 11, meaning people can play games from Microsoft’s catalogue, and can even stream play them through Microsoft’s cloud
Like most major announcements, there will always be good and bad opinions of the news. Since Microsoft has allowed users to try out Windows 11, I decided to ask people what they thought of it through Reddit.
One of the biggest complaints was the start menu. Multiple users have complained how the start menu is not aesthetically pleasing. The menu is split into two sections, one being the standard icons like startup and file manager. These icons are very small. The other half is a section full of recommended icons by Microsoft. These icons are much larger than the latter, and causes clutter to access other apps. One user recommended that Microsoft should allow users to customize their menu rather than be forced to see the company’s icons.
Another complaint was customization. A user referenced Windows 7 and how it gave a lot of freedom to users on how they can customize their homepage. Windows 11 is the opposite. Like said before, the start menu is filled with recommended apps from Microsoft. Unlike Windows 7, Windows 11 does not give users much customization.
Unsurprisingly, mostly all responses were negative. The things that the few users liked was its overall aesthetic. Another was how “snappy” the interface is, meaning how responsive it reacts to loading apps or clicks.
At the end of the day, you can’t make everyone happy. But, with the majority amount of negativity over specifically the start menu and customization, I wonder what Microsoft will do to fix it. It makes me wonder what was Microsoft’s UX/UI team was thinking when they created Windows 11. From an outsider’s perspective, it seems like they cared about the looks and abilities (clean interface and ability to run games and app) over the functionality (customization). With an estimated release date of October, Microsoft has a couple months to solve this issue. If it doesn’t, then a huge wave of criticism might happen.
Have you seen Microsoft’s presentation of Windows 11? What did you think? Did you try it out? What did you like and not like?