Microsoft made a bunch of changes to the Windows user interface when the company launched Windows 11 last year. And some of those changes, which were designed to simplify the UI, actually made it harder to perform some actions.

Now Microsoft is starting to roll back one of the more annoying changes. Starting with the latest Windows 11 Insider dev channel preview build, you can once again right-click on the taskbar to bring up a shortcut for the Windows Task Manager.

Now if the company would just let us have the full right-click context menu back for Explorer.

In other recent tech news from around the web, Evan Blass leaks some more pictures of the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro ahead of next week’s launch, when Amazon unveiled the 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube yesterday, the company also unveiled a new Alexa Voice Remote Pro. But it doesn’t come standard with the Fire TV Cube and if you add one to your purchase it doesn’t replace the standard remote… you just get two remotes.

And Swedish design and audio gadget company Teenage Engineering has made a name for itself by offering a line of synthesizers. But the company’s latest product is a lot more analog… it’s a portable record player and record maker that measures just 6.3″ x 5.9″ x 3.5″.

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  1. We had similar issues with Windows 8, and that turned out to be a shtishow. It took Windows10 Pro to sort out all that mess.

    I think a lot of people will skip this “upgrade” and wait for the next platform upgrade, ie Windows 12, to be released around 2026.

  2. I don’t see much of a point to ricing my windows VM, but the UI changes to Windows 11 genuinely make it harder to do anything, even launch games. Explorer Patcher is a handy utility for bringing back most of the functionality of Windows 10 UI. It’s not like that went away, it’s just buried.