Totally uninterested in Win11

I can honestly say I’ve never felt less interested in a Windows release than 11. Windows 7 was a welcome surprise, but MS were in a bind after Vista. There was an awful lot of hype around Win8, which turned out a disaster, and 10 just picked up the pieces left behind from that. Has nobody asked the question why Win11 actually exists? MS were promising a design refresh of Win10 (21H2 I believe), but that seems to have morphed into a ‘new’ version that’s probably 98% the same. Win11 looks more and more like a marketing/PR stunt with MS just trying to make their own services (Edge/Teams) more prominent and to try and make sure the PC market doesn’t completely tank after that unsustainable kit purchases over the last 18 months. Nope, no interest at all.

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  • jimchamplin

    Premium Member
    11 August, 2021 - 7:50 pm

    <p>It’s to get people to upgrade their PC for financial reasons to help their partners as well as to improve the baseline security of the platform.</p><p><br></p><p>Not too difficult I guess.</p><p><br></p><p>Oh well. Run something else! :D</p>

  • rob_segal

    Premium Member
    12 August, 2021 - 2:33 am

    <p>There was a PC sales resurgence during the pandemic when people realized they needed PCs for productivity work. Therefore, Microsoft invested more time and resources into Windows. If sales hit a cycle of declines year over year, Microsoft may divest resources and effort into Windows.</p><p><br></p><p>Also, a new person is in charge and Windows 10 is showing its age.</p>

  • navarac

    12 August, 2021 - 2:47 am

    <p>I agree. It is a marketing exercise to sell more PCs and attract the dumbed down element who have been educated on chromebooks. W11 is as bad as the reason for W8.</p>

  • hrlngrv

    Premium Member
    12 August, 2021 - 3:34 am

    <p>FWIW, Windows 8 was a gamble, namely, that Windows 8 users would get used to the Windows Phone UI idiom and become more likely to buy Windows phones. It proved to be a very bad bet. Must have come as a shock to MSFT that PC users wanted to use PCs <strong><em>as PCs</em></strong>!</p><p><br></p><p>OTOH, every new Windows version does improve upon former versions behind the scenes. Windows 11 won’t be an exception. Indeed, if MSFT is serious about its hardware requirements, Windows 11 on laptops will be very secure. [Whether TPM 2 does much for immobile home PCs is decidedly debatable.]</p><p><br></p><p>If Windows 11 is a marketing stunt, it’s almost certain to fail in the near term. Enterprises and large educational organizations aren’t going to adopt it before late 2023 or 2024 at the earliest, if ever. 2022 is NOT going to be the year of Windows 11.</p>

  • justme

    Premium Member
    12 August, 2021 - 4:40 am

    <p>I cant say that I’m not interested in Windows 11. I *can* say I dont understand the hype. Yes, its a visual refresh that needed to happen. But I see no reason to go out and run it. For me, there simply isnt a compelling reason to run it. There isnt a key differentiator between 10 and 11. Very little of my current hardware will officially support it.</p><p><br></p><p>Is it new and shiny? Yes. Compelling? Not to me.</p>

  • navarac

    12 August, 2021 - 8:41 am

    <p>I’ve gone back on my word (!) and installed W11 with Stardock’s Start11. That helps quite a bit. Still not a fan of W11, however, but will probably be able to suffer it when W10 goes out of support in 2025. Who knows, by then it may have all changed with W12 anyway?</p>

  • anoldamigauser

    Premium Member
    12 August, 2021 - 9:11 am

    <p>If Windows 11 is more secure, that will be a good thing. If they manage to make updates quicker, safer, and less time consuming, that will be a good thing. Could they accomplish these things without a new version? Of course, version numbers are arbitrary, as opposed to build numbers which mean something.</p><p><br></p><p>A visual refresh is fine. I do not understand rounded corners. My monitors do not have rounded corners, and raster graphics do not handle them so very gracefully, but whatever. My old hardware which will not upgrade will be ancient hardware when Windows 10 goes out of service, so it can be retired. I am sure that Windows 11 and Windows 10 will coexist on a network.</p><p>I still think that Microsoft could use a lightweight OS with a local filesystem similar to Chrome (like Windows 10 Mobile), but perhaps they are willing to let Google keep Chrome and just push the idea of using Microsoft services on it since that is where the money is.</p><p><br></p><p>All of this seems like a lot of navel gazing. I do not think normal people really care.</p>

  • polloloco51

    12 August, 2021 - 10:25 am

    <p>Windows 11 will certainly be the new Windows Vista, with the nonsensical requirements. It is really, really astonishing, Microsoft would kill off such an unimaginably large install base by willfully nixing relatively newer, high end processors, for not logical reason! Especially 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th generation Intel processors (or AMD equivalent). </p>

    • polloloco51

      12 August, 2021 - 10:43 am

      <p>As to Windows 11’s UI and Features</p><p>To me, it feels like a lobotomized version of Windows 10 </p><p>1. The Win 11 start menu, is like a dumbed down sub-menu of the Windows 10 start menu.</p><p>2. The taskbar is really ill-thought out and illogical being centered. I cannot understand the purpose of this. Why not remove all the icons and have the start button in center?</p><p>3. Windows has implemented a lot of unnecessary changes, like removing "Task Manager", from the right click context menu, and freely moving the task bar. Albeit, most everyday people do not move it around. </p><p>4. The rounded windows is an old concept, but is a welcome addition again.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

  • curtisspendlove

    13 August, 2021 - 9:13 pm

    <p>I’m running the Insider build on my gaming rig. </p><p><br></p><p>I quite like it. I’d recommend people give it a chance before they dismiss it. </p><p><br></p><p>It probably isn’t going to become my primary productivity OS but the visual refresh is actually very good. </p>

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