Windows 11 Start menu update

Microsoft says the Windows 11 Start Menu is based on feedback, and users differ

Windows 11 has been out for some time now and has received mixed reviews, with the operating system getting a bad reputation from a lot of people. Why do people get upset? The main reason is loss of features and changes that many find unnecessary.

Another problem with Windows 11 is the disappearance of the active and interactive Start menu, it has been replaced by Windows 10X and a static Android-like start. The interface is not like the Windows 7 or Windows 10 Start Menu, and it doesn’t come with any customization features.

The Windows 11 Start Menu interface is a simple set of icons that are installed randomly by default and there is a list of “recommended” activities that include your recent activities related to files or documents. There are two small buttons ‘All apps’ and ‘More’ to go through the list of apps arranged alphabetically.

Start Menu in Windows 11

The search box opens at the top of the start menu of the search panel. You can change the order of icons and add or remove apps and that’s it. Windows 11 does not allow you to change the size and alignment of Start because it interrupts the “flow” of the interface, according to Microsoft officials.

Microsoft has now begun emailing Windows 11 Insiders who are currently in the release, Beta and Dev Channel, and issuing them a word of reminder that the Start menu is based on feedback from users.

The email titled “How we build Start” states, “Starting Windows 11 is all about you. We relied on your feedback to guide us forward” and includes a link to a video posted a year ago, but most people are noticing it today thanks to Microsoft’s newsletter .

design process [Start menu] Learn through research. There is a challenge in understanding it. Having a design problem. There is always a blind spot there. It’s really easy to design something you love but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to work well for everyone,” Microsoft officials said.

Start designing the menu

Microsoft says it has listened to feedback and done a lot of research on questions like “should it be left-aligned or center-aligned?” Should there be a search and start box? Should there be all applications listed?

After thinking about these questions, Microsoft says it put it all together to create a familiar starting experience with your search bar, documents, and apps.

“Microsoft designers created designs that match what we were already thinking, and that gave us a lot of confidence that we’re on the right track and building something that people really love,” Microsoft said.

Users disagree with Microsoft’s argument for the Start menu

However, end users disagree with most of the people criticizing the company in the comments section for creating a boring Start Menu without any options to customize it.

“The Windows 10 Start Menu was amazing because it had so many possibilities for customization. Change the size and grouping of icons, adjust width and height as you wish, and choose how many icons are in the menu, and this allows to speed up my workflow.” One user commented The W11 Start menu is very limited, which is annoying.

Another user echoed the above argument and added that consumers only want “the ability to customize”.

“Windows 10’s Start wasn’t the best but at least you can customize it a lot and organize it the way you want. Now you have a mobile-like app drawer and you can just install apps. What was the point of creating a whole list of tools?”, a frustrated Windows 11 user explained the problem.

“Give us more options, stop deleting them and change things whether the user wants them or not.”

Windows 11 isn’t ready for everyone, but is this a problem?

Personally, I’m not a fan of Microsoft’s choice to get rid of the tile-based Start menu. The Windows 10 Start Menu offers more control over what you see in that menu, which is really nice.

At the same time, Windows 11 is still in development and not for everyone. The new OS has a lot of good stuff and WinUI should take the interface to the next level in the coming years.

After all, some people hated Windows 10 XP when it was released, too.

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