Windows 11 is now widely available and it contains some good ideas, but it has received mixed reviews from users and critics. While some users like the new WinUI and design refresh, many believe that the OS sacrifices productivity for modern design and it also made some fundamental changes to the overall experience for no good reason.
During Computex 2022, Panos Panay, head of Windows and Surface at Microsoft, noted that Windows 11 has the highest quality scores. The company continues to focus on “quality, quality, quality” while still adding new features and accessibility improvements to the operating system.
“The energy [at Microsoft] is palpable, again, from a data standpoint. You know, people are accepting the upgrade offer to Windows 11 at twice the rate we saw for Windows 10 and Windows 10 had that great moment,” Panos stated in a conversation with Nicole Dezen, CVP of Device Partner Sales at Microsoft.
Unlike Windows 10, Windows 11 isn’t available for everyone and it’s also entirely optional as the firm continues to support Windows 10. CEO Satya Nadella previously stated that enterprises were “adopting Windows 11 at a faster pace than previous releases,” opposite of what many expected.
Panos Panay re-iterated Nadella’s statement and added that businesses are rapidly adopting Windows 11, and the rate is “faster than we saw in previous, any previous version of Windows”.
“… And it has the highest quality scores, Panos added. “Here’s the most important thing for our team: Quality, quality, quality. People using it are finding the quality in the product, which has just been awesome. That also translates to product satisfaction. It is the highest product satisfaction of any version of Windows we’ve ever shipped”.
Panos Panos says he is personally a fan of seeing the way people explore and use new features in Windows 11 while finding ways to be more productive.
“Think about snap layouts. You see the usage on that. It’s just phenomenal. And it’s been a game-changer for me personally and watching people just interact in and out of Windows 11. It has been awesome,” Panos added.
Panos noted that Microsoft is taking feedback and listening to customers, and more new features are on the way.
For example, Microsoft recently started experimenting with desktop widgets in Windows 11 Build 25120 of Sun Valley 3 / version 23H2. Likewise, Microsoft is also exploring support for tabs in File Explorer to help users multitask and improve their productivity.
According to reliable sources, Windows 11 2023’s update is also going to add new tablet features, including the tablet-optimized taskbar that was originally expected to ship in Windows 11 22H2.
We don’t know what is next for the Start Menu, but we have heard whispers that new customization options are under development.
With Windows 11, Microsoft moved Start Menu to the center and removed a lot of the personalization functionality live tiles and folders it had in Windows 10
In fact, Microsoft recently posted a video explaining that it relied on users’ feedback to create a new Start menu that everybody would love to explore. The majority of the reactions to the video were negative, with people disagreeing with Microsoft.
In the comments, users said that they just want to be able to personalize the Start Menu as they could in Windows 10 with live tiles.
Version 22H2, which is expected to launch this fall, will enable support for a few new options to slightly modify the Start layout, but groundbreaking changes are still far away.