Microsoft is hard at work fixing the bugs in Windows 11 before launch
Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 11 – for some – will be available later this year. The all-new desktop operating system brings a host of changes, including a radically redesigned Start menu, interactive widgets, new options to juggle multiple windows on multiple screens, and more.
It’s all incredibly exciting…but don’t let that excitement force you to download the beta yet. Microsoft has started testing the next major iteration of its operating system with Windows Insiders to fix the issues before launch. And the early reports suggest there are many kinks to iron out.
The first batch of laptops, desktop PCs and tablets with Windows 11 preinstalled will launch later this year, Microsoft has confirmed. But there’s plenty of work to do before the release date. That’s not uncommon with these major upgrades.
Some of the biggest problems currently plaguing Windows Insiders are the lack of search in the Start menu. Starting with Windows 11, Microsoft includes its universal search bar in the Start menu. The search bar – which allows users to browse documents, contacts, applications and web results – was found on the taskbar in Windows 10, but has been moved to the new start menu, which will appear in the center of the screen by default.
If you’re a developer using Windows 11 beta to test compatibility with your software or hardware, this isn’t much of a problem. After all, these issues are exactly the sort of thing that needs to be fixed before launch. However, if you’re excited to use Windows 11 before launch, the lack of search is a real deal-breaker. If you only have one machine at home and need it to work or send emails, it’s worth not installing the Windows 11 beta now.
And the broken search bar isn’t the only headache for beta testers.
One of the biggest changes to Windows 11 is the interactive widgets
Despite the promise of a shiny new design language for its desktop OS… it’s not quite done yet. Yes, Microsoft is still working on bringing the sleek new design to File Explorer. In the current beta, the File Explorer looks almost identical to Windows 10.
Other known issues, acknowledged by Microsoft, in the current beta are…
- System text scaling will scale all widgets proportionally and may result in cropped widgets
- Taskbar not showing on multiple monitors, but will be back in an upcoming build
- The preview pane may not display the entire window when the mouse pointer is over the task view on the taskbar
- A small set of outdated settings pages and bugs related to fit and finish will be addressed in future releases
- When you use Quick Settings to change the accessibility settings, the settings user interface may not save the selected status
- The install button may not yet be functional in some limited scenarios in the Windows Store
- Rating and reviews are not available for some apps
With months of beta testing to go before Windows 11 launches globally, there’s plenty of time to iron out the quirks. While anyone can sign up to become a Windows Insider and get the latest features before launch, we don’t recommend doing this now as it’s full of bugs.
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