Windows 11 is now widely available and it contains some good
ideas, but it has received mixed reviews from users and
critics. While some users like the new WinUI and design
refresh, many believe that the OS sacrifices productivity for
modern design and it also made some fundamental changes to the
overall experience for no good reason.
During Computex 2022, Panos Panay, head of Windows and Surface
at Microsoft, noted that Windows 11 has the highest quality
scores. The company continues to focus on “quality, quality,
quality” while still adding new features and accessibility
improvements to the operating system.
“The energy [at Microsoft] is palpable, again, from a data
standpoint. You know, people are accepting the upgrade offer to
Windows 11 at twice the rate we saw for Windows 10 and Windows
10 had that great moment,” Panos stated in a conversation with
Nicole Dezen, CVP of Device Partner Sales at Microsoft.
Unlike Windows 10, Windows 11 isn’t available for everyone and
it’s also entirely optional as the firm continues to support
Windows 10. CEO Satya Nadella previously stated that
enterprises were “adopting Windows 11 at a faster pace than
previous releases,” opposite of what many expected.
Panos Panay re-iterated Nadella’s statement and added that
businesses are rapidly adopting Windows 11, and the rate is
“faster than we saw in previous, any previous version of
“… And it has the highest quality scores, Panos added. “Here’s
the most important thing for our team: Quality, quality,
quality. People using it are finding the quality in the
product, which has just been awesome. That also translates to
product satisfaction. It is the highest product satisfaction of
any version of Windows we’ve ever shipped”.
Panos Panos says he is personally a fan of seeing the way
people explore and use new features in Windows 11 while finding
ways to be more productive.
“Think about snap layouts. You see the usage on that. It’s just
phenomenal. And it’s been a game-changer for me personally and
watching people just interact in and out of Windows 11. It has
been awesome,” Panos added.
Panos noted that Microsoft is taking feedback and listening to
customers, and more new features are on the way.
For example, Microsoft recently started experimenting with
desktop widgets in Windows 11 Build 25120 of Sun Valley 3 /
version 23H2. Likewise, Microsoft is also exploring support for
tabs in File Explorer to help users multitask and improve their
According to reliable sources, Windows 11 2023’s update is also
going to add new tablet features, including the
tablet-optimized taskbar that was originally expected to ship
in Windows 11 22H2.
We don’t know what is next for the Start Menu, but we have
heard whispers that new customization options are under
With Windows 11, Microsoft moved Start Menu to the center and
removed a lot of the personalization functionality live tiles
and folders it had in Windows 10
Microsoft recently posted a video explaining that it relied
on users’ feedback to create a new Start menu that everybody
would love to explore. The majority of the reactions to the
video were negative, with people disagreeing with Microsoft.
In the comments, users said that they just want to be able to
personalize the Start Menu as they could in Windows 10 with
Version 22H2, which is expected to launch this fall, will
enable support for a few new options to slightly modify the
Start layout, but groundbreaking changes are still far away.