Let me get a few things off my chest..
Last week had a lot of Windows 11 Leak news, a lot of it which I (and the rest of TZP observed) along with of course the expected hype over everything that includes Windows 11. And while I definitely believe that Windows 11 and Microsoft deserve the hype and attention they’re getting, as it stands I kind of don’t like Windows 11. Let me explain.
Now right off the bat let me state that this is a personal opinion (not a review our hands-on impression) that’s based on what I’ve seen of Windows 11 so far and what it seems to be at this point. The OS and other details will be revealed by Microsoft in about two days and I’ll definitely give more concrete thoughts after having a better look. But based on last week’s leak and what’s been building to be the Windows 11 reveal so far, I’m honestly not sold, and that’s for the following reasons.
The whole ‘Windows 11’ thing.
The Microsoft devout of you may remember that when Microsoft launched Windows 10, they wholeheartedly called it “the last version of Windows” a statement which was mainly based on their new Windows as a Service model and the fact that Windows 10 itself has been an ever evolving and improving OS in a way similar to MacOS, iOS and certain Linux Distros. When this was actually announced Apple fans even said Windows was just copying the then OSX model from apple, including use of the number 10. And I would have believed that wasn’t the case until I realized Apple technically made BIG Sur MacOS 11 after around 10 years just last year, and now Microsoft is doing the same. But the actual reason is a lot more than that to be honest. Firstly, there’s marketing and sales. PC sales have been high due to the pandemic but do you know what can make those sales even higher? A new operating system. Or at least a new coat of paint on an existing operating system with a new name. And as such, we have Windows 11. Microsoft will literally use the name change as a huge boost for PC sales and that’s the biggest reason for it outside of the second one I’m about to mention.
I don’t feel it deserves the name 11(based on what I’ve seen so far)
So the way Windows 11 has come about is actually quite interesting and perhaps a statement of smartphone development today versus even 8 years ago. You see Windows 11 is essentially the merger of Windows 10 as we know it, and Windows 10X, the lighter, once dual-screen focused OS that was meant for more mobile-suited devices. Windows 10X was always a riskier idea and in the wake of the pandemic became an increasingly less convincing one, so Microsoft axed its development and decided to put it’s best ideas (the modern UI, tablet friendly features, performance advancements) into regular Windows 10 and in the wake of all that, Windows 11 was born. And while that sounds like an impressive enough story worthy of a new OS name, well…so far, it’s not. Don’t get me wrong, chances are if you ask certain people, Windows is Windows and never changes while if you ask others, the slightest UI change makes everything feel new. But considering that Windows 11 was already a planned Windows 10 update called Sun Valley that was treated as such until recently, it pretty much means Windows 11 is mostly just Windows 10 in a few new clothes. And that at least does feel like a shortchange no matter how you look at it.