Windows 11 at a quick glance
A recent Windows 11 update is causing Start menu problems for many users — but a design change, not a bug, is mostly to blame.
Beware: Windows 11's data wipe tool can leave personal info behind on the hard drive, so if you're going to sell a Windows PC and you reset it back to factory defaults, double-check there's no "Windows.old" folder hanging around full of old files.
Preview builds of Windows 11 are getting Start menu folders, a revamped Task Manager, new touch gestures and the return of folder previews in File Manager and drag-and-drop abilities on the Taskbar.
Windows 11 will get worse about nagging users on unsupported PCs, so expect to see more little warnings popping up when your PC isn't up to snuff.
Windows 11 is finally getting more Android app support in February 2022, when Microsoft will roll out a preview of native Android apps to all Windows 11 users in the operating system's first major update.
Windows 11 has a more inviting and streamlined look, with rounded corners and a new Start menu that's front and center. Microsoft is continuing to update and streamline it -- the latest Windows 11 update finally axes ugly volume UI, for example.
New Desktops feature helps you set up multiple desktops for work and play.
New Snap Assist and Layouts make it easier to manage multiple windows on your screen.
Windows 11 widgets are fine if all you care about is the news, weather and your calendar, but at launch there aren't many others available and what's here is barebones.
Auto HDR and DirectStorage will improve game performance — if you have compatible hardware.
Steep system requirements mean most PCs built before 2018 are out of luck.
Native Android app support and other features missing at launch. However, Windows 11 users can now beta test Windows 11 Android app support — here’s how.
Google has launched a Google Play Games for PC app for Windows 10 and 11 in 2022, opening the door to all Android games on Windows 11.
Windows 11 is blocking Microsoft Edge blockers.