The next iteration to Microsoft’s crown jewel, Windows 11 is now in beta, but how does it hold up? See more in Android Authority’s review.
Windows 11 beta impressions – hectic instead of hectic
Windows has been at the centre of the PC business for so long that it has become an indispensable part of the world. Relatively stable version. Now, with Windows 11 on the horizon, the stakes aren’t too high. Given how seldom major Windows releases are released, this is important nonetheless.
Now that beta access is open we decided to give Windows 11 a try, although it’s still in its infancy but is solid enough for my first impression. Windows 11 will be released as an update by the end of 2021
What you need to know about the Windows 11 beta version
Windows 11 is the next major version of Microsoft Windows. It is currently in beta through the Windows Insider Program. Microsoft has been releasing beta versions in the development channel since June 28 and in the beta channel since July 29. A release window has been announced for the final release of this update for the end of 2021, but the exact date has not yet been set.
Microsoft offers Windows 11 as a free update, but the eligibility criteria are higher than for the Windows 10 update, with TPM 2.0 as one of the requirements. Windows 11 wants to bring a lot of changes, both visually and functionally, but it won’t be a complete overhaul.
How is the new design?
Most of the changes that will be important to most users have to do with design. Windows 11 isn’t a huge leap from Windows 10, but the design changes are very obvious.
In the beginning, we have the central taskbar. The taskbar has remained pretty consistent over the years, but Windows 11 gives icons a centralized orientation by default. You can switch to left alignment with the newer beta releases, although we can’t say for sure if that will be the case in the final commercial release. Windows is still sticking to one important change: the ability to move the entire taskbar to the right, left, or top of your desktop. The taskbar is now locked, there are no height adjustment options.
Visual changes are filtered through the taskbar to the start menu. Live tiles disappear and instead, you get pinned apps and recommended breaking content. This makes the start menu much less cluttered.
There are also many minor changes, such as transparency effects, that are now more prominent, a long way from Windows Aero in the past. There are also rounded corners for the windows which are square by default when the windows are aligned. All in all, the Windows 11 images can be seen as an upgrade. This is despite the fact that there are some problems here and there.
How is the performance?
Microsoft doesn’t really make an explicit promise of higher performance or anything like that with Windows 11. During my use, I’ve found that even in beta, it is as robust as Windows 10 was for me.
I had no problems with overall performance. The beta version of Windows 11 felt just as slick or smoother than Windows 10 during my use. That included a lot of web browsing on Chrome-based Microsoft Edge, a little photo. Editing in Adobe Lightroom and playing Fortnite on a daily basis was surprisingly smooth, more than I expected.
If you’ve found Windows 10 to work fine on your PC, Windows 11 shouldn’t be much different.
How is the functionality?
Windows 11 actually takes a half step back in terms of functionality. The right-click menu is now smaller. The cut, copy, paste, split, and delete functions are all provided in the grid format above. That’s not that bad, but it comes with a learning curve. The rest of the menu is put together. Also with a “Show more options” button that appears in the old right-click menu. Windows 11 still seems to have doubts about the direction of this menu, but that could change before the final release.