Windows 11 was introduced two months ago, and since then, many have had opinions about the operating system of the media company through their Windows Insider experience with the preview builds, browsing social media posts, or consuming Windows 11 messages from media companies next generation formed.
Windows Report captured a snippet of these opinions by conducting a consumer survey on Windows 11. The survey interviewed 11,097 people in 177 countries, including the United States, India, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.
Feedback on Windows 11 is already flowing in
Windows 11 doesn’t have an official release date yet, but it will reportedly roll out in October for new, compatible PCs that hit the market (followed by a wider release next year).
Nonetheless, the public has already formed critical opinions about the next generation operating system, especially the new design of Windows 11. The most prominent change is the migration of the Start menu to the center of the taskbar – including File Explorer, Edge Browser and more are housed there. More than half (53%) think the new design is “amazing”, but the rest are not enthusiastic about the new look of Windows for various reasons.
About a fifth think Windows 11 is too similar to Windows 10, 13% don’t like it at all and won’t be updated, 7% expected a major overhaul, and 6% believe the new design is a macOS clone.
The 13% who refuse to upgrade because they don’t like the new design are in luck. The Redmond-based tech giant offers users the option to fall back on Windows 10 when Windows 11 isn’t their thing, but only within the first 10 days of upgrading.
Windows Report also asked its survey respondents which aspect of Windows 11 they see most; 35% of the respondents said that the centered start menu is their favorite function. About a quarter (26%) said native support for Android apps is the best feature of Windows 11. Eleven percent are enthusiastic about the game-oriented features of the new operating system (DirectStorage API and Auto HDR). Eight percent love the new sound scheme, while another 8% love the new multitasking features.
Microsoft had gotten into hot water because of its confusing Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 requirements for the Windows 11 upgrade, and this is reflected in the Windows Report survey. Almost a third (34%) say their systems appear to meet Windows 11 requirements, but they fail the PC Health Check app, a tool Microsoft introduced to help users determine if theirs Devices are compatible with Windows 11.
Ten percent have no idea whether their PCs are Windows 11 compatible and another 13 percent know for sure that their PCs are not qualify for an upgrade. At this point in time, the PC Health Check app is temporarily unavailable. The Redmond-based tech giant is redesigning the tool to provide more clarity and technical detail.
On the positive side, 44% say their PCs meet the Windows 11 upgrade requirements.
According to the survey, the Redmond-based tech giant needs a better understanding of what a TPM chip is (which you can find out here). When Windows Report asked respondents if they were planning to upgrade their TPM chip, 42% admitted they had no idea. Eighteen percent state that their PC already has an up-to-date TPM chip. 14 percent say they don’t know how update, while another 14% say they’ll just wait for Microsoft to expand the stringent requirements.
Only 4% said they would buy either a Windows 11-enabled laptop or a TPM 2.0 motherboard.
Windows Report asked which functionalities in Windows 10 users would miss the most: 33% said none, 18% will miss the Snipping Tool and 15% will be wistful about Internet Explorer. 15 percent, 11 percent and 10 percent will miss Skype, Paint3D and OneNote, respectively. Six percent will long for the 3D viewer.
To read the survey in detail, click here. More than half (51%) of those surveyed are Windows insiders who have tested the preview builds. 32 percent aren’t Windows insiders and don’t want to join the program because they prefer stable builds.
Eleven percent are not Windows Insiders, but plan to become a member to explore Windows 11 at an early stage.