Windows 11 officially launched on 5 October 2021 as a free update for existing Windows PC owners. We quickly installed it on our Windows machine, spent enough time to weigh in all the pros and cons of the Operating System so that PC users who are hesitant to upgrade their PCs to Windows 11 can easily decide whether it is right to install it or not. In this article we have covered all the key factors of Windows 11 in detail so that after you complete reading this article you will be able to easily take that decision.Also Read - Working From Home? Microsoft Teams Can Share Fitness Habits With Stressed, Overworked Users
Drag & Drop to Taskbar disabled
A very important functionality frequently used by power users, where drag and drop files/folders to apps or other folder locationson task bar is unavailable on Windows 11. To move files/folders between apps or different folder locations you need to maximize the respective app/folder locations from the task bar and then drag and drop files between apps/folder locations which we see as a major step backwards from improving productivity. Also Read - Microsoft Announces To Acquire Call Of Duty Maker Activision Blizzard For Nearly $70bn
With Smart assistants becoming an integral part of digital mobile ecosystems such as Android, iOS it is very disheartening to not see Cortana being an integral part of Windows 11 ecosystem. To make matters worse, intermediate level smart capabilities of Cortana that allowed it to pull meetings from calendar or add a reminder are totally gone from the Windows 11 version of Cortana. It can now only handle limited, basic queries such as currency conversion rates, checking local weather. Also Read - iPhone Users May Not Be That Impressed With iOS 15, Apple's iOS Adoption Data Reveals. Here's Why
Limited PC support
Microsoft has set a very clear, discouraging (as per our opinion) entry barrier for existing PC users be it an AMD or Intel device owner. Only chips from Intel’s 8 generation or newer and AMD Ryzen 2nd generation processor or newer are compatible with Windows 11. Owners of AMD PCs (compliant with Windows 11 requirements) who installed the early versions of Windows 11 faced throttling issues which Microsoft later on addressed via an update
Start menu& button alignment issues
If the Start button is centrally aligned and when the Start button gets pushed to the left side of the taskbar after opening several items, the start menu opens on the centre side of the screen while the start button appears far away from the menu items.
Nonuser friendly layout of taskbar items
If a user has opened more than 37 items on taskbar, there is no toggle button to see the next set of items after the 37th item. The only way to access the next set is through Alt + Tab toggle switch. Which is a big bummer according to us.
Features we liked
Game Mode & Auto HDR
Gamers especially FPS gamers can rejoice as with Game Mode on by default, you can crank up a couple of more FPS from the games. In our gaming tests on PUBG, Battlefield V we were easily able to get 5- 10 more FPS if we compare the gameplay on a Windows 10 or lower PC device.
Auto HDR is a good feature that allows PC owners to have a near HDR experience on games that don’t support HDR natively. On certain games, Windows 11 will automatically prompt you to enable Auto HDR if disabled. However, to actually experience HDR gameplay on your PC you need to have an HDR compliant monitor first. Those who have non-HDR monitor/display the Auto HDR functionality will be disabled by default.
First introduced in Windows 10 in one of the early insider builds, widgets on Windows 11 have more capabilities, customization options such as changing widget size too small, medium, or large or choosing which data points to show. There is a wide variety of widgets to choose from such as a widget for e-sports events & more.
Expected feature coming soon
Android apps running natively on Windows
Though already there are several solutions in the market to run Android apps on a Windows machine such as Bluestacks, Genymotionwhich emulate App running experience on Windows 11. Using Windows Subsystem for Android™️ which powers the Amazon App store and its catalogue. Android apps will then be available in the Microsoft store to install that will enable PC users to run Android apps natively. Dev and Beta Channel users in the United States on eligible devices running Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm platforms can already experience Android apps on their Windows 11. Till then we need to wait for Microsoft to launch it for India in a future stable release.
Support for 3rd party widgets
Though there’s no official word from Microsoft on how and what kind of functionality will be available to 3rd party widget developers, our best guess is that it will be something on the lines of prototype gadgets that a Vista Windows OS user must have experienced in the past.
Though we do appreciate that Windows 11 does have some tricks up its sleeves such as Game Mode, Widgets, faster boot time given that you have an SSD storage on your PC, but with a very high entry barrier for existing PC owners and some nifty features available on Windows 10 but absent on Windows 11 it can be recommended to a PC Gamer however for the remaining PC audience it will be difficult for us to recommend Windows 11.
What do you think about our verdict? Do you agree or disagree with us? Is there a key factor that we missed mentioning? Let us in the comment section below.