The next version of Windows is coming later this year and, among other things, Windows 11 brings a fresh new look, widgets, support for running Android apps, performance improvements, and enhancements for tablets, multiple displays, and multitasking.
But it also marks the end of the line for some Windows 10 features which won’t be included in Windows 11… although some of the items on Microsoft’s list of “feature deprecations and removals” are more subtle changes than outright removals.
Here are some of the items that are being removed or changed:
- Cortana is not pinned to the taskbar by default, and it will no longer run when you first set up a Windows 11 computer.
- Desktop wallpaper cannot be roamed to or from a device when signed in with a Microsoft account.
- Internet Explorer is “disabled,” but you can use IE Mode in the Edge web browser if you need to visit sites that are only compatible with Internet Explorer. In case that “disabled” language on Microsoft’s website was too vague for you though, The Verge confirmed that the legacy web browser will not be installed on Windows 11, and the new OS won’t support it.
- Math Input Panel is removed, but the Math Recognizer can be installed on demand if you need the math input control and recognizer.
- News & Interests, which recently debuted in the taskbar, has new functionality accessible from the Widgets icon in the Taskbar.
- Quick Status is no longer available from the lock screen.
- S Mode is only available for Windows 11 Home Edition.
- Snipping Tool has been updated, and now has the functionality of the Snip & Sketch tool rather than the design and features of the older Windows 10 Snipping Tool.
- Start Menu removes support for named groups and folders and the layout is “not currently resizable.” Live Tiles are no longer available (Microsoft recommends using Widgets for dynamic content-at-a-glance instead), and Pinned apps and sites will not be migrated when you update from Windows 10 to Windows 11.
- Tablet Mode has been removed, but there are new touch-friendly features for when a keyboard is detached or attached.
- Taskbar can only be aligned to the bottom of the screen (not the sides or top), apps can no longer customize areas of the taskbar, and there’s no longer has a People icon. Some icons may also not migrate when you upgrade from Windows 11.
- Timeline has been removed.
- Touch Keyboard no longer docks or undocks keyboard layouts on devices with 18 inch or larger displays.
- Wallet has been removed.
Microsoft notes that a few other apps will no longer be included on fresh installs of Windows 11, but if you upgrade from Windows 10 they won’t be removed either. Those apps include 3D Viewer, OneNote for Windows 10, Paint 3D, and Skype.
Math Input Panel sounds like something that I would have used if I ever knew it was there.
I never heard of it.
I will also miss Timeline.
I use a lot of different computers every day and being able to pick up where I left off on a different system was invaluable.
I used third-party tools for that before but nothing came close.
“Taskbar can only be aligned to the bottom of the screen (not the sides or top)”
Aw, I used that feature. I put the task bar on the right side as my screens are all wider than they are tall so preserving those vertical pixels makes them more usable. The best example of this is my 5120×1440 display.
Agreed. Even on a “normal” laptop screen that’s just 16:9 (or 16:10 if lucky) it’s easier (for me) to have it on the side since 1, I conserve more vertical pixels, and 2, I can have more apps/windows open without windows grouping them into one to save space.
absolutely – I’ve configured the bar to the right for years now and I’ve chosen to carry that practice through to my Chromebook that is my daily go to device. It’ll be a deal breaker on W11 for me but I guess MS may get around to fixing it or maybe some 3rd party package will include in their product
This all looks good to me. I’m just waiting to hear they’re running a linux kernel in the backend, as a “Gotcha b*tch!” moment.
Forcing the taskbar to be only on the bottom was a really stupid thing to do. It’s hardly what I’d call touch friendly; it seems much faster to hit the start button while holding a tablet using your thumb. For heaven’s sake, even monkeys can figure out how to operate a touch screen with two hands.
The start menu is also terrible, but fortunately Open Shell still works and the actual start menu folder, where shortcuts and folders thereof are dumped, remains in place. It mostly works, the icon or something you uninstall will remain in place in the Open Shell menu till you click on it, and the size of the icon when you select “replace start menu” needs to be tweaked a little, but that’s harmless.
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