Microsoft is all set to announce the unveiling of its latest Windows release, Windows 11. Formerly code-named Sun Valley, the update translates to a complete redo of the current Windows user interface. In a version of the build that was leaked recently, some new features were noted – including a highly controversial change that is not receiving positive feedback.
We’ve installed the build and added a screenshot for you to see what’s changed in the update. The most obvious new feature is a floating and centered Start menu and a centered taskbar. Windows 11 has abandoned its Live Tiles and instead takes advantage of icons that link to your apps that you can pin to your liking and convenience.
The redesigned taskbar is already garnering a lot of outrage. People are clearly not ready to adapt to a completely new interface and give up on the features they were so used to. However, the taskbar can be customized and reverted back to something more familiar.
First, you’ll be able to change the taskbar alignment in the taskbar settings, which will give you the option to left-align your taskbar. If that’s not enough, there are also options to customize all other update features in Settings, which means you can go back to the classic Windows 10 taskbar if you’re not ready to let it go.
Windows 11 Tip: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvancedStart_ShowClassicMode DWORD=0x1 To Enable Classic Start pic.twitter.com/xIfyCw68z9
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The search bar will also go through a user interface overhaul in Windows 11, offering a cleaner and more efficient interface than Windows 10. There’s also a new Tasks view that no longer includes the Timeline. Timeline is integrated into the Start menu under the Recommended tab. Here you’ll find a list of the documents and programs you click on the most.
Windows 11 also has an option to hide the “Show Desktop” button at the bottom right of Windows. This feature has been around since Windows 7, and it’s a relief to finally have the option to turn it off.
Microsoft has always been mindful of people’s reactions and has changed things to make them happy. For example, during the Windows 8 era, it ditched the Start menu altogether, causing a lot of fury. Surprise, surprise – with Update 8.1, Microsoft brought it back. Allowing people to choose between the classic Start menu and the new version seems like a good compromise.