Cortana, Skype, More are Being Removed or Deprecated in Windows 11

Posted on June 24, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 11 with 123 Comments

Today, Microsoft revealed which familiar Windows 10 features are being removed or deprecated in Windows 11.

“When upgrading to Windows 11 from Windows 10 or when installing an update to Windows 11, some features may be deprecated or removed,” Microsoft notes.

These features include:

  • 3D Viewer. Can get from the Store.
  • Cortana. Cortana won’t blow out your eardrums during Setup’s first boot experience and it will no longer be pinned to the taskbar.
  • Desktop wallpaper roaming. Windows 11 will not roam desktop wallpaper from PC to PC when you sign in with a Microsoft account.
  • Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer is disabled in Windows 11 (but not removed?).
  • Lock screen Quick Status. Quick Status is begin removed from the lock screen.
  • Math Input Panel and Math Recognizer. The Math Input Panel is removed and the Math Recognizer will be installed on demand (and includes the math input control and recognizer).
  • News & Interests. Despite just shipping in Windows 10, News & Interests is being replaced by the new Widgets feature in Windows 11.
  • OneNote for Windows 10. Can get from the Store.
  • Paint 3D. Blessedly dead. Can get from the Store.
  • Dead. Can get from the Store.
  • S mode. S mode will only be available in Windows 11 Home edition going forward.
  • Snipping Tool. The Snipping Tool is available in Windows 10, but it looks and works like Snip & Sketch.
  • Start menu. The all-new Windows 11 Start menu no longer supports live tiles, groups, folders, pinned apps, or pinned sites.
  • Tablet mode. Windows 11 does not support Tablet mode.
  • Taskbar. The Windows 11 taskbar does not offer My People, which was previously deprecated, and it can now only be aligned to the bottom of the screen.
  • Timeline. It’s dead, Jim.
  • Touch keyboard. The Touch keyboard no longer supports docked and undocked layouts on screen sizes 18 inches and larger.
  • Wallet. Also dead.

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123 responses to “Cortana, Skype, More are Being Removed or Deprecated in Windows 11”

  1. yoshi

    Start menu. The all-new Windows 11 Start menu no longer supports live tiles, groups, folders, pinned apps, or pinned sites.

    And there was much rejoicing.

    • bschnatt

      Not by me...

      • spiderman2

        and not by me and many others

        • wolters

          I actually used the tiles by grouping similar apps and naming the tile group. As far as I can see in Windows 11, you can PIN things to that minimal start menu...I wonder if you can at least do folders? I am not a fan of shortcuts or filling taskbar of stuff, so I would really like a grouping feature.

          • dave.erwin

            Same here. I disable live tiles and removed almost all of the default pinned apps. But given the number of apps that I need for different projects grouping apps is really handy. To me the start menu is like a secondary task bar. Everyone uses Windows in their own way. No matter what your way might be there is no "right" way. To each their own.

        • miamimauler

          MS has the usage numbers. While I respect that you and plenty of others actively use those services the fact is you're in the minority.

          MS aren't a charity after all and will pursue what's best for MS and her shareholders.

          Has the demise of WM not woken you up to the fact that Nadella's MS is a progressive MS and failed apps/services will be put to the sword.

          • Greg Green

            They used the same user analysis to justify Windows 8. That was clearly wrong. Or at least they were holding the data wrong.

          • boots

            "MS aren't a charity after all and will pursue what's best for MS and her shareholders."

            How does removing the ability to pin shortcuts to folders, apps, and sites affect MS shareholders?

        • skinnyjm

          Me too, not sure why something that looks like it was actually designed this century was disliked by so many.

          • boots

            I assume you are referring to Live tiles.

            They took up way too much screen space. A Messaging tile would cover 1 quarter of a phone's Home-screen and contain some half-message like "We are all going out after work, see you at..." and you would need to open the app anyway.

          • jdawgnoonan

            Thus, I disabled Live Tiles eventually. For me they were useless.

            • youwerewarned

              Live Tiles killed Windows Phone. Too strange for the masses--scary thing moving magically.

              Get used to the homogenization of everything...

            • miamimauler

              Fwiw, I hated the look of the tiles and the first thing I did with a new W10 installation was uninstall every filthy tile from the Start Menu and just use the list of programs/apps on the left.

              The tile UI was vomit inducing and along with a lack of popular apps was the main reason WM failed.

          • jdawgnoonan

            They could have done more with Live Tiles than they did. I found them annoying. It was hard to look at my Start Menu and know which was the calendar and which was the mail app. The photos live tile showed the photo I took of a glass of beer instead of a photo that was actually interesting. There was a lot of untapped potential that they never did anything interesting with. Live Tiles were no smarter 5 years after release than they were on day one.

            • SvenJ

              You couldn't tell the difference between a tile that has an envelope and an account name on it, which you set, and a tile with a date and an appointment on it? Granted they dropped functionality and never did anything with them moving from WP to the desktop, but tiles could actually be useful. I am saddened to see them go, but mostly because I use tablet mode on my Surface Go. I find the tile interface way easier to use via touch. Them deprecating tablet mode, certainly jives with eliminating tiles. The fallout will be MS irrelevance in the tablet space. A tablet is more than a Windows PC with touch and pen support. The OS and apps must at least be aware of the lack of a keyboard and mouse, beyond supplying an on screen keyboard and using the pen to click mouse targets.

    • omen_20

      What exactly is meant by no longer supporting pinned apps, or pinned sites? The screenshot of the new start menu literally says the word Pinned and then shows apps below it.

      • dftf

        I'd imagine this means when you right-click an app in the Start Menu in Windows 10 now, then go to "Pin to Start", or in Edge right-now if you go to the "..." menu, then "More tools" then either "Pin to Taskbar" or "Pin to Start"

    • yoshi

      Ooof. I didn’t mean to rile up the entire Sinofsky fan club.

      • miamimauler

        It's not your fault @yoshi. The Metro fan club venues are being shut down as phone booth's are being removed and they have nowhere else to go especially given they can't stand sunlight. ?

      • tekisasujohn

        I didn't realize they all hung out in one place. Hopefully one day science will provide help for the type of mental illness that liking anything about Windows 8 requires.

      • boots

        Sinofsky fan club? Really?

        You are the one suggesting that removal of Start Menu functions is something to rejoice.

        It sounds like you have a lot in common with him.

    • hrlngrv

      Live tiles may suck, but it's possible to fit many more than 18 medium pinned tiles on the Windows 10 Start menu, so more than what the Windows 11 Start menu provides.

      It really seems MSFT is on a mission from God to fubar the Windows launcher. I didn't like the Windows 10 Start menu, but I didn't loathe it the way I did the Windows 8 Start screen and the Windows 7 Start menu. At least I didn't have to click a @#$%&*! button before scrolling through the all apps/programs listing. Going forward, I won't even be able to organize that listing. Thanks ever so much, MSFT!

    • cnc123

      Not really. I'd like to pick the few apps that show up there.

    • boots

      Where do we put document or folder short cuts? The Desktop? Hello 1995!

    • philly30

      People rejoice over the loss of functionality ? Who are these idiots?

      • locust_infested_orchard_inc.

        Those that rejoice the lack of functionality are those that endorse the notch as a feature, as well as a tetraplegic file management system. For them, both Windows and macOS are considered as overly complex, hence Apple's eventual shift to iOS on Macs and Macbooks.

      • hrlngrv

        If only they were just idiots.

        Rather they're the types who want others to use PCs the way they themselves use PCs. The types who relished being hall monitors in grade school.

    • veermaharaj

      Not by me, by start menu was always grouped and customized to the gills. Every app, tool and folder I could want to access was pinned there.

    • locust_infested_orchard_inc.

      No problemo. The software company named Stardock shall no doubt continue with their tradition in the enhancement of Windows Start Menu.

      • philly30

        Yes they will but we should not have to rely on a 3rd party to fixthings because microsoft breaks them.

  2. james_makumbi

    I can't search for all my apps. I have a section for entertainment, coding, reading, gaming and pc settings on my start menu.

    This functionality works.

    Will I have to place shortcuts on the desktop? The taskbar isn't long enough to contain all my app icons.

    So the start menu and timeline make switching to Windows 11 rather.... Difficult.

    • hrlngrv

      If you use 3rd party software for other things, you have the option of using 3rd party software to replace Windows's Start menu as well. Don't expect MSFT to shed any tears over any reduction in your own efficiency due to changes in Windows 11.

  3. winner

    Sometimes it's what you remove rather than what you add. Kudos to Microsoft for trimming a small amount of the lard.

    • Greg Green

      They just haven’t revealed the new lard yet.

    • dftf

      Don't worry, I'm sure there will still be loads of old 16-colour (4-bit) icons tucked-away in files like "moricons.dll" you can get worked-up over ;)

    • philly30

      How is stripping the taskbar and start menu of functionality a good thing?

  4. innitrichie

    Will Windows Mobile 11 still have Cortana front and centre? And which OEMs have signed on to producing flagship devices that will compete with the almighty Surface Phone?

    • locust_infested_orchard_inc.

      No need for a future distinct Windows Mobile OS, as the upcoming Surface Foldable™ shall run full blown 64-bit Windows 11, thereby executing Android apps quicker than any ARM smartphone.

    • dftf

      There won't be a Windows Mobile 11 (though with your Apple Memoji style profile icon I'm sure you know that and are just trolling)

      Microsoft just want to get their apps preinstalled on as-many Android devices as they can, thesedays, which seems a decent strategy

  5. drews.tony

    Typo / Edit: between Paint 3D and S Mode is a bullet without a leading name. I suspect it's suppose to be "Skype".

    I don't know why, but I'm unreasonably excited about trying this out.

  6. jim.mcintosh

    Sure hope Quick Launch doesn't end up on that list.

    • navarac

      Copy the folder before upgrading and dump it into the Start Menu. That works. albeit with an extra mouse click.

    • dftf

      Quick Launch has been removed: Windows 11's Taskbar no-longer allows folders to be added to it, or other toolbars, like the Address Bar

  7. brandonmills

    A big portion of the changes are removing the remnants of Windows 8. Sounds good to me.

  8. Elan Gabriel

    From the screenshots it looks as "Live Tiles" just moved to the widget screen. I can see weather, photos etc. so, it will just be about clicking to show this, than clicking on start to see things at a glance. Not a big deal I think.

    Too bad about the app folders, these were very handy!

    I never moved the taskbar, and never will, but it's annoying that they removed that feature.

    • hrlngrv

      One must either use an MS account to log in or have an MS account associated with the local account used to log in to be able to use the new Widgets applet. That isn't a requirement for using live tiles with a local account in Windows 10.

      • navarac

        Watching Security Now this week, I understand that if you ALT+F4 on the 'Internet' and 'MS Account' screens, it dumps you out to the make local account screen.

      • Elan Gabriel

        Don't you need MS account anyways in order to install and use Live Tiles apps from the store or MS services ?

        • hrlngrv

          Install? Yes, but Bing News and Weather are bundled, and they work in Windows 10 without an MS account.

  9. philly30

    This New start menu is garbage, hopefully stardock will have a replacement and for the garbage taskbar

    • hrlngrv

      FWIW, Open Shell works in the leaked 21996.1 build.

      • philly30

        That is good to hear, but not sure the ability to not combine taskbar icons can be added to these 3rd party apps

        • hrlngrv

          You may have to wait for Stardock to fix the taskbar.

          • philly30

            May no be an option, from Microsoft "You will no longer be able to pin the taskbar to any side of the screen — it can only be aligned to the bottom in Windows 11. Apps also can’t customize areas of the taskbar."

            • hrlngrv

              I'm not a developer, so I don't know the exact system calls, but I know enough about them to to know there's a system call which sets the boundary for maximized application windows on a screen. Way back in LiteStep days, the y-boundary would have been 0 (top) to -48 (48 up from bottom edge). Also, a utility named Taskbar Eliminator still works in build 21996.1, and when run it hides the taskbar entirely and sets the desktop boundary so that maximized windows use the entire screen height and width. I figure that means the system call which sets the desktop boundaries still exists and works as it always has. If so, that means it should still be possible to restrict the desktop boundaries so that p-pixels could be reserved on the left or right sides or q-pixels at the top of the screen.

              Then you'd need a 3rd party replacement for taskbar and system tray. There were dozens for LiteStep back in 95-XP days, and BBWin and Emerge Desktop also provided them. I figure that sort of replacement shell could come again.


    But will it run without an internet connection?

    • dftf

      If you're looking to run Windows 11 Pro or higher, yes, you can still install without an Internet connection and create a local-only account

      Windows 11 Home though requires an Internet connection to complete setup, and you will only be allowed to sign in via a Microsoft Account. So for that version only, Internet is required

  11. vladimir

    What about skype? It’s not on the list. Is it completely dead?

    • dftf

      The Skype app is no-longer preinstalled in Windows 11; Microsoft have confirmed this in their "Feature depreciation and removal" list here:

      You can still install it from the Microsoft Store, though I think in the future Skype branding is being terminated and "Teams" will be used for everything instead

  12. cnc123

    I use a left side-mounted taskbar on a short 1080p laptop screen because there's no freaking room top to bottom. Any chance this gets added back?

  13. bkkcanuck

    TPM 1.2 is the hard floor (minimum requirement), while TPM 2.0 is the recommended minimum...

    TPM 1.2 as far as I can tell was 'published' in March 2011 (so I am guessing compliant hardware would have shown up in 2012 at the earliest.

    So this means that Microsoft is starting to 'obsolete' hardware (i.e. Windows 10 will be the highest version some hardware can run)??

    • dftf

      Microsoft have since updated that page you're referencing; a 2.0 TPM is now the official minimum. 1.2 isn't supported.


  14. saint4eva

    You so much love using the word "dead". But long live UWP.

  15. zhackwyatt

    You can't put the Taskbar on the top of the screen. Wth? First thing I do when I get in front of a computer.

  16. Patrick3D

    I'll just buy a Mac.

    • dftf

      Seems an expensive way to go -- if you've an existing device that won't run Windows 11, why not try running Linux on it instead? You can get some distros that mimic the macOS look, too.

      But if you do intend only on the macOS route, at-least go for one of the "M1" processor models, as support for Intel-based ones will drop sooner, and you'll end-up stuck on an old macOS version quicker

  17. philly30

    Can't wait to see how they messed up File explorer then all the tech reviews saying how nice and clean it looks

  18. me

    Good. Add One drive to the list as well.

  19. JimP

    No tablet mode? Is that a typo? So, what happens if you flip a laptop's keyboard and screen into a physical tablet?

    • wolters

      In the demo yesterday, when in "tablet mode", it spreads the taskbar icons out a little and windows themselves are a little easier to drag...they said they want the "Same Windows 11" experience on touch. So in a sense, no "tablet mode"...

      • JimP

        OK, that might not be bad. I'll have to watch the demo again.

      • philly30

        More like no Desktop mode, they are once again trying to push touch but learned nothing from Windows 8

  20. scovious

    I assume this means the weather widget on the taskbar is extremely short lived. That's a shame.

  21. hrlngrv

    3DViewer, Paint3D, Cortana, IE, Math Input Panel, OneNote not part of Office: good riddance.

    Lock screen: as long as it can be disabled, who cares what it can/can't do?

    Widgets: can be unpinned from taskbar and Start menu, so NBD as long as it isn't running in the background.

    Start Menu: as long as Start10, Open Shell and the like work, NBD. Not even 1-level grouping makes Windows 11's Start menu more primitive than Chrome OS's launcher. Seems MSFT wants to force Windows users to use Search.

    Taskbar: only on the bottom of the screen is annoying. FWIW, it seems it no longer supports toolbars a la Quick Start any longer either. For me, that's beyond annoying as I've been using a taskbar toolbar for about 2 decades at this point to access .CHM and .HLP files which I really don't want to add to the Start menu, especially if I can't use a folder in the Start menu to group those files.

    The big questions are whether the current registry hacks HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced's Start_ShowClassicMode and TaskbarSi values will remain available even if there's no GUI (other than REGEDIT) to change them. That it, if they'll join HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics's IconSpacing and IconVerticalSpacing values in the Limbo of remaining around only for use by aficionados of Windows arcana.

    That said, I have some confidence Stardock may be able to unfubar what MSFT has wrought.

  22. ruivo

    I am a fan of flat icons and tiles, and I don't need anyone else to be as enthusiastic about them as I am. But I would love to have the option to keep them on my system. Why moving the UI forward always needs to be a disruptive process? Why not design an interface that allow us to change icon themes, tiles, icons, whatever? Stardock always manages to do it, why not Microsoft?

    I will not hold over to Windows 10 because of looks, but damn, they had more flexible UI with Windows XP...

    • hrlngrv

      XP was the best for those who wanted to change Windows's look and operation to the greatest extent possible. There were a lot more 3rd party replacement shells back then, some began with Windows 95, others a bit later. It was wonderful to have been able to use LiteStep and BBWin back then. Maybe Windows 11 becoming overly limited in UI customization may lead to a resurgence in 3rd party alternative shells.

  23. soneraxx

    Be ahead of antitrust...

  24. jumpingjackflash5

    It is sad that Microsoft is depreciating Skype. I will keep using it, and when many of my contacts move elsewhere, start searching for some new calling app. The direction where Windows 11 is heading seems to be wrong.

    • ghostrider

      MS are taking Windows in the direction they want it to go... it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. Other than the distracting eye candy, it certainly looks like they're dumbing down the OS - taking away yet more power user features and taking more and more control away from the user. It' not about the UI, or the themes or widgets - that's all smoke and mirrors - when you can no longer do what you used to on earlier versions, it starts becoming a usability problem. Windows is looking more and more like a phone/tablet type OS.

  25. pachi

    Snipping Tool being removed is very unfortunate. The new one is a bloated mess.

    • dftf

      How is the new one a "bloated mess"?

      When you first start Snip & Sketch (the new one) you have two options: New and "..." (menu). In the Vista-era one, you have New, Mode, Delay, Cancel, Options, a help bar below that, then a big "Snipping Tool is moving..." message. How is that less-bloat?

      And once you take a snip in both, sure, the newer one has more buttons, but is also offers more features: there is an on-screen ruler or protractor option, and the ability to crop the image, and to zoom in and out.

      Hardly what I'd call bloated, really

      • pachi

        That is what I call bloated though :)

        if there exists a super easy way to quickly save something that’s fine but I never figured it out. Apples screenshot thing is even worse but they also offer a super super simple quick method

        • dftf

          Well, we have different views: I much-prefer all the new-features in the Snip & Sketch tool

          Oh, and if you want a "super easy way to quickly save [a screenshot]" then just hold-down the Windows key on your keyboard and then press the Print Screen key. (On some laptops, you might have to also hold-down another key, like "fn"). It'll take a screenshot of your entire screen and save it into the "Screenshots" folder inside your "Pictures" folder

          No need to open either of the Snipping apps at-all!

          • pachi

            The thing is I don't think adding features needed to make it so complicated and ugly. I know I can take a full screen screenshot. on MacOS I can just hit a button combo and drag a window and it auto saves. Way better than even snipping tool.

  26. waethorn

    What about the 3D Builder app, the AR headset app, the Microsoft paid WiFi hotspot app, and so on? On a new 21H1 install, there are 4 (!) Xbox apps installed too. For anyone that doesn’t play games, that’s completely stupid and unnecessary.

    • hrlngrv

      Quite possibly the best thing from MSFT this millennium is winget uninstall . . .

  27. jdawgnoonan

    I won't miss Cortana. My primary experience with her is that when I talk with my wife or listen to a podcast she wakes up when nothing close to "Hey Cortana" was said. I am not really a voice assistant guy unless I am driving, and Cortana isn't available in Android Auto or CarPlay. Live tiles? Untapped potential, or a great under-utilized idea that was never moved beyond the original implementation. Maybe had Microsoft pushed the capability more they could have proven that they were useful, but that did not happen. The new Windows looks good and looks modern. I am happy to see it. Unless I need to make deeper configuration I will be able to pretend that at heart Windows isn't still basically from the 90s (I jest, I like Windows).

    • dan1986ist

      If News and Interests in Windows 10 will be replaced by Widgets, is there a future for the Microsoft News app in Windows 11, or could that also be on the chopping block?

      • dftf

        From what I've read on other sites, the "Microsoft News" app won't be installed on new Windows 11 installs (only be retained during Windows 10 upgrades) and the new "News" widget will have some sort-of "full-screen" mode

        If you open both "Microsoft News" and "Weather" right now on Windows 10, you'll notice unlike most of the "Modern UI" apps neither follow your accent-colour. Both seem rather neglected even now...

      • veermaharaj

        The news widget they have is the exact same news and interests they introduced in Windows 10

  28. Hurmoth

    Timeline. It’s dead, Jim.

    That's disappointing. I used this function and it worked really well. Ugh!

    • gibber

      Agreed. It can be a lot easier to find a page you visited days earlier when you have thumbnails to look at instead of just a list of favicons and page descriptions.

    • dftf

      The "Recommended" section in the new Start Menu is supposed to offer a bit of the functionallity -- though to me it just seems like the old "My Recent Documents" from the Windows XP days: just a series of links to documents you've opened or edited recently

      • navarac

        To me, Widgets and Recommended is a vehicle for future adverts. Not needed or required in an OS.

  29. anoldamigauser

    The Snipping Tool has one big advantage over Snip & Sketch: you can press <ESC> to pause the snip, then use some functionality, like a menu or pulldown list, and restart the snip using <Ctrl><PrtSc>. The snip will then include the bit of the UI that you were using as well as the position of your pointer. Not SnagIt, but not bad for free.

    • dftf

      If you just need to capture a pop-up menu, just use the timer mode: click the arrow after "New" and choose either "Snip in 3 seconds" or "Snip in 10 seconds" and during that time, have what you need on-screen

  30. tdemerse

    The new news experience better pull my source and topic preferences from MSN News. Launcher does not and I'm tired of getting wildly different news offerings from Microsoft depending on the platform.

  31. navarac

    I hate to admit it, but apart from a very non-customizable Taskbar, and maybe Disk Cleanup, the rest of the list makes a lot of sense.

    • hrlngrv

      Wise Disk Cleaner works well in the background. Who needs Disk Cleanup?

    • dftf

      "Disk Cleanup" has been considered "depreciated" for a while now; even in Windows 10, the aim was always to integrate its functionality into the "Storage" page in the Settings app (when you click on the "Temporary Files" item). All they really need to do is expand the list to cover all current choices, and add a tick-box titled "All but the most-recent System Restore point and Shadow Volume copy" and then its all done

  32. dftf

    I've read elsewhere that Internet Explorer will be removed (but not the engine, for backwards-compatibility reasons) on the Home SKU

    The Microsoft News app is supposed to no-longer ship; the News widget is supposed to offer a "full-screen" mode (it currently doesn't adhere to your accent-colour in Windows 10 right now, same as the Weather app, so both seem no-longer developed even-now)

    Other apps to keep an eye on for removal: Character Map; Disk Cleanup; Private Character Editor; Problem Steps Recorder

    The Taskbar in Windows 11 is very non-customisable, yes: in addition to what Paul stated, gone are the options for small buttons; not to combine multiple app windows into one button; to add toolbars or folders to it; and to change the right-click PowerShell option to "Command Prompt"

    • thewarragulman

      Yeah, I'm really not happy with the removal of small taskbar buttons and the removal of the "Never combine" taskbar buttons, I use both and have done so since Windows 7 as I didn't like the change back then and much prefered the way Windows Vista and earlier taskbars worked. I always work with multiple windows of the same program, and it always felt like an extra unnecessary step to click the combined button and then select the window in the thumbnail previews rather than just clicking on a dedicated taskbar button for each window. I'm really hoping they add these back as it'll basically ruin over 20 years of muscle memory at this point. Also while I never moved the taskbar from the bottom of the screen, I can understand why people would be frustrated over it for the same reasons I'm not happy about the forced combined buttons, it ruins decades of muscle memory.

      I could learn to move on if they don't as the rest of the changes make this release over the top for me, especially the now 12 month servicing model replacing the WaaS baloney. Windows is finally getting the polish it deserves and is honestly making me as happy as I was for the release of Windows 7.

    • omen_20

      If I'm understanding Paul's post correctly, it sounds like the task bar has to stay on the bottom now? I may dodge Windows 11 until they fix that oversight.

      Bottom placement of the task bar is just dumb for ultra-wides.

      • MikeCerm

        Is there a better placement for ultra-wide monitors than bottom? Sure, it takes up less space on the left, but it's also very far away from the right side of the screen where the action center appears if you click the button. I guess you could put it on the right, but it looks insane to me that way.

        • hrlngrv

          | but it looks insane to me that way

          Should that matter AT ALL to anyone else?

        • omen_20

          Yes the Action Center still launches on the right even when the task bar is on the left. That is a flaw in Windows 10's shell, not the idea of having it on the right. Just look at how the action center sweeps in over the task bar if you have it on the right, instead of from underneath. Microsoft doesn't pay close attention to details like that.

          The other issue with having it on the left if you have a second monitor to the right is that notifications follow the system tray. If you place the taskbar on the left and are looking at your right monitor you will miss notification banners. This is originally why I placed it on the right at work.

          Personally I never click the Action Center button just like I don't click Start. I use Windows+A.

        • omen_20

          Right side is the correct answer for me. I have an ultrawide as my main and then a portrait to the right of it. Task bar sits between both monitors.

          I have used it on the side for years (originally the left). For Ubuntu I ran the app bar on the left with an extension for giving the universal Mac like menu in GNOME 2. Ubuntu later on did that exact UI for Unity and stuck with it in GNOME 3.

          At this point Windows looks weird to me in default form.

          • MikeCerm

            I just never really thought of putting on the right because kind of used to seeing Ubuntu's layout. I guess left just makes a lot more sense to me, coming from a western, left-to-right perspective. However, making the taskbar vertical was always so janky in Windows, for the reasons you mentioned, plus sizing issues -- the minimum width is double what is should be when using small icons to fit the clock, but if you use regular icons you can't fit very many without getting a stupid scrollbar -- doesn't matter if it's on the left or right, it kind of sucks.

            Personally, when I'm on Ubuntu (or any Gnome distro), I use Dash to Panel to essentially recreate the Windows taskbar look, but I keep it on top, without the global menu. When I'm on Mac, I put the dock on the left to save vertical real estate, but I just hate that Mac forces a full width menu bar and doesn't let you combine the dock with that. Mac's global file menu has no business in a multitasking OS. Made perfect sense before floating windows existed, or on a small screen where you can only have one thing open at a time. Today, it seems very antiquated, but maybe it's not the worst if you only ever work off a single small screen, like a laptop screen, which most Mac users do.

            Right side is the correct answer for me. I have an ultrawide as my main and then a portrait to the right of it. Task bar sits between both monitors.

            I have used it on the side for years (originally the left). For Ubuntu I ran the app bar on the left with an extension for giving the universal Mac like menu in GNOME 2. Ubuntu later on did that exact UI for Unity and stuck with it in GNOME 3.

            At this point Windows looks weird to me in default form.

      • dftf

        It is indeed officially confirmed: go to and look under the "Feature deprecation and removal" heading

    • LT1 Z51

      Those task bar changes and some of the start menu changes make this a no go for me. Looks like I'm staying on Windows 10 as long as possible.

  33. crunchyfrog

    "Cortana won’t blow out your eardrums during Setup’s first boot experience and it will no longer be pinned to the taskbar."

    This is the best part of all the good bits. It's like the filet mignon of the experience. Long live Windows 11!

    • saint4eva

      Long live Windows 11!!!

    • dftf

      While Cortana can be annoying during Windows 10 setup, just click the microphone icon once at the bottom and you'll hear nothing more

  34. ibmthink

    • > Dead. Can get from the Store.

    Oof, I hope not. I don't want to get Dead.

    • IanYates82

      Yeah I saw that omission. Maybe Paul meant for Skype to be there?

      • dftf

        Nope, Skype will no-longer be installed by-default in Windows 11 -- confirmed here: (scroll-down to the "Feature deprecation and removal" heading)