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Windows 11: Missing Features

Windows 11: Missing Features

Microsoft’s updated operating system has plenty to offer in terms of features and design. Users will like its virtual desktop creation capabilities, enhanced Microsoft Teams integration, greatly improved security, a more personalized widgets feed, and other new features. As this new release of Microsoft Windows has much going for it, there are a few features it now lacks that some previous Windows users will miss.

TaskBar Customization

In Windows 10, users were able to move the bottom taskbar to multiple positions of their desktop, a feature introduced in Windows 95 OSR2 released in 1996 when Internet Explorer 3.0 file explorer integration first became embedded into the operating system. This legendary feature has been discontinued in the latest release in Microsoft Windows. Additionally, users were also able to move the position of the clock in the previous releases of Windows, which has now been removed as well. However, Windows 11 introduces the ability to customize where the taskbar icons and start button are located (Ex. middle or left hand side of the taskbar). This will become a valuable feature as more ultra wide monitors become mainstream.

Windows Out of box experience

To activate and operate in Windows 11 Home, users must have a Microsoft account (Local users are no longer allowed by default), a 64-bit processor, and an internet connection. These are part of Microsoft’s minimum system requirements to activate the OS — on top of the need for a device with at least 4 GB of memory and 64 GB of storage.

Furthermore, during the out of box experience, "Setup" will halt the user from continuing unless the PC gains an internet connection. This can be an issue as some industries cannot allow their PCs to connect to the internet due to compliance. However, Windows 11 Professional allows the user to use a local account or directly connect to an on-premises/Azure domain controller if that is the ideal scenario.


Cortana is a much less popular counterpart as an operating system's assistant. Some users call her a modern version of Clippy in Microsoft's release of Office 2000. Most users often do not get use of the Windows assistant introduced, which is why Microsoft turned it off by default in Windows 11, It can still be enabled it in Settings > Apps > Apps & Features > Cortana if it is found useful however.

Windows 11 is not going to please everyone, but its other new functions will nevertheless please others. At this time, we at Beringer Technology Group are not suggesting to upgrade to Windows 11, but we are expecting Microsoft's new operating system to become more developed and optimized for everyday use as more patches roll out.

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