Windows 11 will come with some cool innovations as a free update for Windows 10 in 2021, but not all Windows 10 functions will be adopted. Microsoft is using the update to Windows 11 to get rid of features. The start menu, Cortana, Internet Explorer and the timeline are all affected. A recently introduced novelty in the taskbar disappears again in Windows 11.
Windows 11 comes with a few unmistakable novelties. Microsoft also uses the new OS to cut off old braids. The published list of functions that are no longer supported comprises a total of 26 entries. Important: Users don’t necessarily have to upgrade with the release of Windows 11, either Windows 10 is still running and will be supported by Microsoft until October 2025. So if you’re stuck with a particular feature that should be phased out, then you can stick with Windows 10 for a few more years.
Start menu without live tiles
After the standard installation of Windows 11, the start menu is in the middle. This can be easily changed so that the left-aligned arrangement of the icons is also available. However, a few functions in the start menu have been removed. So there are no more live tiles.
Up until now, a registry hack could be used, but Microsoft has now prevented that. The Windows 10 start menu can no longer be retrieved with on-board resources. An alternative could be start menu tools like Open Shell Menu be. But they have to be made ready for Windows 11 first.
Grouping of programs is no longer possible in the Windows 11 start menu. In addition, pinned programs and websites are not adopted when updating from Windows 10 to Windows 11.
Cortana, Internet Explorer and Timeline
The fans of the voice assistant Cortana under Windows 10 are manageable, in Windows 11 Microsoft removes the helper from the installation routine and Cortana is no longer pinned to the taskbar.
The end for Internet Explorer was already certain, Windows 11 wasn’t an issue at all. So it’s no wonder that there is no longer Internet Explorer in Windows 11. But what is possible: Microsoft Edge also brings IE mode with Windows 11.
The Timeline (Timeline) was recently brought to their sync function. That was the first step towards hiring. In Windows 11, the function is completely missing, instead users should use the sync in the Edge browser, which then also works with Windows 10, macOS and mobile.
Taskbar, tablet mode and Skype button
Just a few weeks ago, Microsoft added a weather widget to the Windows taskbar. The News and interesting topics disappear from the taskbar under Windows 11. The new place for this are the widgets.
Speaking of disappearing: the taskbar won’t either Skype-Button show more, but integrate teams. To the displeasure of many users, the taskbar has so far only been possible at the bottom of the screen. It remains to be seen whether Microsoft can understand this and respond to the wishes of the users. Only recently the taskbar in Windows 11 also learned to deal with external monitors, so there is hope.
Also the Tablet-Mode no longer exists in Windows 11. Instead, Windows 11 should become more touch-friendly overall.
Pre-installed apps are removed
Microsoft is also working on the programs that are pre-installed. For example, something new is there Windows Terminal. However, on new devices or when reinstalling Windows 11, the 3D Viewer, OneNote, Paint 3D und Skype. The good news: If you want, you can get the programs from the Microsoft Store.
The math input area is also removed with Windows 11, but can also be installed later. The Snipping-Tool still exists, but in Windows 11 it has the appearance of Snip & Sketch (cut out and sketch). The stripped down S-Modus, in which only apps can be executed, is only available in Windows 10 Home.