Windows 11 marks the first significant upgrade to Windows in three years. It features a dramatic overhaul of the user interface, an improved version of Cortana, and more customization options than ever before. However, despite these improvements and others, Microsoft’s newest operating system remains plagued by issues that will hopefully be resolved in future updates. Here are some of the pros and cons of Windows 11 you should know about before deciding whether or not to upgrade to the new operating system.
Security and performance are more powerful than ever
New security and privacy features, improved performance, and ease of use. Microsoft announced that it would be retiring all versions of Windows 10 in favour of its newest operating system: Windows 11. The tech giant promises that it will be faster and more efficient than ever with robust cloud storage capabilities to save on-the-go users space on their devices. Some users have experienced stability issues since upgrading to Windows 11, but most have been pleased with their experience.
The new user interface
One of my favorite features in Windows 11 is its new user interface. It’s simple, clean and intuitive, but it also has some cool hidden tricks that are only available to power users. You can snap windows on both sides of your screen (known as Picture-in-Picture). This makes multitasking simpler than ever!
Better collaboration tools
One of my favourite features of Windows 11 is its new user interface. It’s simple, clean and intuitive, but it also has some cool hidden tricks that are only available to power users. You can snap windows on both sides of your screen (Picture-in-Picture). This makes multitasking simpler than ever!
Improved hardware integration
One of Microsoft’s main focuses in Windows 11 was improving hardware integration. Many people complained that their USBs and ethernet didn’t work correctly under Windows 10; under Windows 11, Microsoft has worked tirelessly to improve these issues. Users can now set up printers within two clicks of connecting them to their computer, making everyday life easier. Microsoft learned from its previous mistakes, fixed most issues, and added new features like smart soundbars, making it easy for users to listen to their favourite music from Spotify or iTunes without needing any external equipment. The Smart Sound Bar adapts itself automatically according to your mood or taste in music.
Improved privacy tools
A new privacy dashboard gives you control over your data and Microsoft Account. The company will also offer more granular permissions for third-party apps using data from your account. And suppose you’re concerned about government surveillance or don’t want everything you do to be recorded. In that case, it will soon be possible to use Windows in virtual private network (VPN) mode to hide your actual IP address when browsing online. It may not be as simple as Linux VPNs, but it should give people some privacy tools they never had before.
Innovative features like Timeline, Windows Story Remix, and Microsoft To-Do
In Windows 11, Microsoft has updated some of its existing features with functional new capabilities. A timeline will remind you of your last activity on a given app so that you can jump right back into work later. Story Remix lets you record footage on your phone and then edit it for easy sharing to social media or other platforms. And Microsoft To-Do—which I didn’t test because I don’t use any of those three apps—will make organizing your life much easier by letting you schedule tasks (among other things) in one place.
It works with multiple desktops
Microsoft has simplified switching between applications and screens in Windows. With a couple of clicks, you can now have multiple desktops containing your favourite apps and tools. Here’s how to create them: Open Task View by clicking its icon on your taskbar or pressing Win+Tab. In Task View, click +New desktop or press Ctrl+D. Then repeat as needed to create as many desktops as you like. Switching between desktops is just as easy: In Task View, click a desktop preview thumbnail or press Ctrl+Alt+Right arrow repeatedly until you land on the one you want to use; that desktop then becomes active.
The new Start menu is customizable
You can set up your favourite programs and folders and add and remove app tiles (although it’s nice that Microsoft has kept some of its apps). There are also some new apps, including The Phone, which lets you access photos, messages, and notifications from your phone directly on your computer. Another update will be helpful to people who have touchscreen laptops. When using a PC with touch capabilities, there’s no longer an annoying delay between touching something on-screen and having it react to your finger (this was incredibly annoying when using handwriting recognition on earlier versions of Windows). The new Surface Pen will even translate what you write into digital text right before you.
Cons of Windows 11:
Buggy at times
Windows can be buggy at times. It is designed to be used by the average person, so it may not run efficiently if you have a lot of programs running at once. While this is uncommon in most situations, it is essential to know if you plan to use multiple programs at once or if you have an older computer with less memory and processing power.
High system requirements
The requirements for Windows 11 are significantly higher than those of its predecessor. If you’re coming from Windows 10, you will most likely need to upgrade your system hardware before upgrading your operating system. Ensure that your computer meets or exceeds these minimum requirements: 4GB of RAM, 1 GHz processor, 64GB hard drive space, 128 MB video card with dedicated memory and DirectX 12.0 compatible driver.
Inadequate memory management
Several reports show that when using Windows 11, programs are not shut down correctly and can leave your computer in an unresponsive state. Some users have reported issues with memory leakage and frequent crashes while using multiple programs at once. This issue has been discovered in other versions of windows such as 8.1 and may indicate future incompatibility issues with multiprocessing/multithreading. Because of these severe issues, we do not recommend you upgrade to windows eleven unless you need to use it for school or work purposes.
As you can see, Windows 11 is superior to its predecessor. It looks great, feels smooth, and is packed with incredible new features. Some of these include Cortana integration, an improved search feature and support for Linux programs – all valuable additions that will speed up your workflow and make your life easier. As such, I highly recommend you upgrade your device today. I’d go as far as to say that most users should skip straight from 10 to 11; unless you’re running on an ancient machine or are still irritated by some of W10’s bugs, there’s no need to spend time on version 10 first.