Global Statistics

All countries
192,125,743
Confirmed
Updated on 20/07/2021 9:31 pm
All countries
173,093,613
Recovered
Updated on 20/07/2021 9:31 pm
All countries
4,117,747
Deaths
Updated on 20/07/2021 9:31 pm

Global Statistics

All countries
192,125,743
Confirmed
Updated on 20/07/2021 9:31 pm
All countries
173,093,613
Recovered
Updated on 20/07/2021 9:31 pm
All countries
4,117,747
Deaths
Updated on 20/07/2021 9:31 pm

Windows 11: everything we want from Microsoft’s new operating system

We still don’t know what the big Windows 10 redesign will look like, or if it will be called Windows 11, but we do have a few things we’d like to see in it.

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It seems that Windows 11 is happening. Microsoft wants to reveal what it’s been calling “the next generation of Windows“at a virtual event Thursday, despite previous promises that Windows 10 would be the final version of the operating system. Filtered images of the new version of Windows shows a total redesign, with a new Start menu, start screen and startup sound, and a more modern aesthetic, similar to that of Mac.

Outside of aesthetics, CNET editors, including Jason Hiner, Stephen Shankland, Lori Grunin, and myself, have high hopes for what the latest version of Windows might pack in terms of performance, productivity, and other features. This is what we expect to see in Windows 11 (or whatever the new version of Windows is called).

One control panel instead of two

A big complaint among Windows 10 users is the confusing division between the Control Panel and the Settings app. A single control panel interface would be a welcome improvement on Windows 11.

Computational videography for webcams

With many people switching to remote or hybrid work, the need for a robust webcam experience is imperative for all those zoom and team calls. The iPhone 12 Pro and recent Google Pixel Phones already includes computational image processing to improve quality. We’d love to see this feature in Windows 11 for webcams, which could also give PCs an edge over the new M1 Macs.

More Mac-like virtual desktops

Macs have a great feature known as Spaces that allow you to easily create multiple virtual desktops to keep your screen tidier. On Windows, do it take a few more steps. We would like to see easier virtual desktop creation and management in Windows 11.

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Virtual desktops help you distribute your applications across multiple workspaces.

Screenshot by Nate Ralph / CNET

Stop forcing us to use Edge

Based on Microsoft Chrome Edge browser it is the default in Windows 10. Of course, you can change it to the browser of your choice, such as Chrome, Firefox or Brave. But some users have reported a problem with Microsoft. resetting the default back to edge. We hope it is easier to set and maintain the defaults in Windows 11.

Faster Windows updates

Windows 10 Microsoft’s move to offer Windows as a service, with continuous updates, which is great for keeping the represented machines safe. However, these updates can be slow. In Windows 11, we’d like to see a more Google-like approach with Chrome OS, where the update happens on a second partition to be done in the background.

Faster shutdown, reboot and wake up from sleep

PCs running Windows 10 may face slower shutdown, reboot, and wake-up times, sometimes due to the need to close applications like Task Manager. We would like to see those options accelerated in the next version.

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We’d like to see faster startup, shutdown, and wake-up times in Windows 11.

Sarah Tew / CNET

Three-finger trackpad for drag and drop

MacOS offers the option of using three fingers on the trackpad to drag and drop items. But Windows machines currently double-click it to do this.

Easier options to reverse the direction of travel

Again, MacOS makes it easy to reverse the direction of mouse scrolling if you want to from System Preferences. But in Windows 10, you have to enter the registry and it is a more complicated process.

Simple user account creation

In Windows 10, you must sign in to create a new user account, and Microsoft recommends that the new account also be attached to a Microsoft account. We’d like to see easier user account creation without logging in or being pushed to create or connect a Microsoft account.

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We hope that setting up user accounts is a bit easier in Windows 11.

Sarah Tew / CNET

Improve settings for multiple cameras, webcams, microphones, and headsets

With the rise of working from home, more people are upgrading their computers setup with multiple webcams, microphones, and headsets. However, Windows 10 makes it difficult to choose the device you want to use and sometimes requires you to disable one of the others. We’d like to see better options for switching between multiple devices in Windows 11.

What other features do you want to see in Windows 11? Turn off the sound below in the comments.

For more information, see everything we know so far about Windows 11 other how to download Windows 10 for free if you haven’t already.


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