Is Updating From Windows 10 to 11 Worth It? Here Are the New Features in the OS (And Some Missing Ones)Erik Dreyer-Goldman
Getting used to Windows 11 shouldn’t be too challenging. On the contrary, the OS comes with several intuitive features to enhance productivity.
Microsoft recently introduced Windows 11 as the company’s latest operating system. And compared to Windows 10, this OS has various features that can increase your productivity and provide a better user experience.
As soon as you start using Windows 11, you’ll see a marked improvement over its predecessors.
For example, it has refined several household features, such as video conferencing and video management. You also get enhanced note-taking, data input, and a user-friendly interface that should help you complete your duties more efficiently.
Many other features can help boost your productivity, and this article will talk about them in detail. We’ll also look at some features Microsoft didn’t include in the new version.
Windows 11 – What’s New?
Feature #1. New Taskbar
Previous Windows versions feature an iconic taskbar, but it can sometimes get clunky. Windows 11 deals with the cruft and provides a streamlined solution.
The new taskbar is perfect for expediting work, as it can contain a list of recent cloud and local files. You can also pin various apps to improve access and utilize a search bar that allows for convenient web browsing.
Another highlight of the taskbar is clean lines and widgets that display essential information (e.g., weather, photos, and news).
This should be a tremendous upgrade from the busy display of Windows 10.
Feature #2. Windows Grouping and Snapping
The enhanced Snap Group and Snap Layout features allow you to resize and manage windows more easily. You also get to keep essential apps grouped to maintain high productivity.
Using the features is relatively straightforward: Just hover the mouse over the maximize button on the desired app to reveal your layout options. You can choose between several arrangements, such as four-app grids and side-by-side layouts.
And if your team needs to perform basic window management, they can still grab and pull windows to the edge of their screen.
This feature improves desktop organization, which is especially useful for people working with two or more monitors. They can reduce clutter rapidly, enabling them to focus on their tasks.
Feature #3. Improved Accessibility Options
Windows 11 follows in the footsteps of many smartphones to simplify setting changes and make them easily accessible. Pulling up your control panel now only requires one tap or click in the taskbar coroner, replicating Apple’s Control Centre.
Furthermore, Windows 11 apps feature aesthetic, curved corners, and your Settings incorporate more options you can tweak. For instance, blind or vision impaired users can take advantage of cutting-edge audio cues. There are also desktop themes to help reduce eye strain, which is essential if you work long hours.
On top of that, the new operating system has revamped voice typing. You can activate this with a simple keyboard shortcut. This feature supports most major languages, including English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, and Portuguese.
Windows 11’s better accessibility means your team will no longer have to keep relying on your IT service provider to set things up for them.
Feature #4. Better App Store
Many apps can enhance workplace productivity, but you’ll first need to find them on your PC’s app store. Fortunately, Windows 11 came up with an organized and coherent platform to make the search easier.
Besides universal apps, you can check out the applications compatible with your devices. The platform can also handle programs from third-party stores and manage app installation on the internet.
Feature #5. Smooth Notetaking
If you’re using a touchscreen device, taking notes in Windows 11 should now be highly satisfying. This feature offers haptic feedback to generate physical sensations when drawing lines on the screen or checking boxes with your pen.
Moreover, the Ink Workspace allows you to add preferred apps instead of using the standard snipping tool and Whiteboard. It gives you easy access to creativity tools the moment you pull out your pen.
Which Features Were Left Behind?
Overall, Windows 11 should work great for your business. But bear in mind that Microsoft left out some features that were a staple in previous versions:
Excluded Feature #1. Taskbar Customisation
Windows 10 users can move their taskbar from the horizontal position to the left, right, or upper part of their screen. In contrast, the Windows 11 taskbar is fixed at the bottom of the display, and you can’t customize the dimensions.
The taskbar customization feature would have been helpful because it would let you use space more efficiently.
Another significant change is that you can no longer move the Time and Date on your taskbar. Windows 10 didn’t have this problem since you could toggle off the Clock feature in your Settings.
The default taskbar layout might be fine, but some users prefer higher customizability than what Windows 11 offers.
Excluded Feature #2. Drag-and-Drop Features
Windows 10 and some earlier versions allowed you to drag several items to change their position. For example, you could drag a Word document onto your Word icon on the taskbar to open it.
This function is disabled in Windows 11. There’s no way to drag and drop or save any program or file onto your taskbar.
Excluded Feature #3. Cortana
Cortana is a voice assistant counterpart of Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant. Many people are used to it and may be disappointed to hear that it’s not a part of the Windows 11 system setup. You can’t even locate it in your start menu.
The good news is that the Cortana application can still be found – it’s just hidden away. And you can enable it by visiting Settings and navigating to Apps & Features.
A Wise Investment
While Windows 11 isn’t perfect since it removed many valuable features, it’s still an excellent platform to help increase your productivity.
Whether you need to organize your desktop more conveniently or take enjoyable notes, the OS won’t let you down. Plus, you get a revamped taskbar and powerful Voice Typing compatible with most major languages.
Overall, Windows 11 can be a terrific asset for your business.
If you want to find out more about incorporating this new OS to boost productivity in your organization, contact us today. We can have a 10-15-minute chat to help you address key productivity issues in your company with the help of Windows 11.
This Article has been Republished with Permission from The Technology Press.