Why is this important: After months of Insider previews, Microsoft released Windows 11 to the general public. It’s sleek, it’s modern, and if we were to take the company’s words at face value, an absolutely must-have upgrade for any Windows user (and free!). But is this really the case? Opinions are mixed to say the least, even among our own staff. Some of us have already upgraded to the new operating system, and others, like me, haven’t.
There’s a lot to like about what Windows 11 brings to the table. Many users are enjoying the refreshed user interface (rounded corners included), and it’s nice to see virtual desktops finally getting a little more love. And I love the idea of Snap Groups and Snap Layouts: As a regular multitasking, I’ll be taking any new tool that makes it a bit easier to streamline my workflow.
There’s also Auto HDR, which everyone thinks is a great and seamless addition to the operating system that gamers – at least those with an HDR monitor – will love. And how about DirectStorage, the feature Microsoft promised will (eventually) transform the load times of games like on the Xbox. It could be pretty cool, every time the developers start to support it properly.
That said, Windows 11 apparently brings so many changes that users don’t like. The truncated right-click context menu is a particular issue, and people aren’t exactly thrilled that they have to link their Microsoft account to use Home Edition of Windows 11.
Personally, I’m more inclined to agree with critics of Windows 11 at the moment. There just aren’t enough unique features in Windows 11 to convince me, and I don’t agree with all of the changes. However, I am open to changing my mindset in the future.
In any case, this is only my opinion. What we are looking for here is your thoughts on Windows 11. Are you planning to upgrade? Have you already done it? Why or why not? Let us know via the poll or comments below.
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