Windows 11’s journey into existence has indeed been a strange one — from the initial surprise announcement of a new operating system to supplant Windows 10 to the shock of the stringent requirements. Microsoft itself certainly hasn’t helped with the weirdness, often publishing contradictory statements. Take the requirements situation, for example — for a long time, Microsoft insisted it would not weaken its stance and then, immediately following Windows 11’s initial release, actually showed users how to overcome its own requirements.
My Take On Windows 11
I am certain all these contradictions and subsequent confusion have come about because Windows 11 was rushed out, released before its time, if you will. I have been running Windows 11 Pro for a little while now and, while the new operating system is undoubtedly aesthetically pleasing, it is also underdone in terms of features and options. I believe it was Microsoft’s plan all along to bring Windows 11 to maturity over a period of time — possibly 6 to 12 months hence — and it was rushed out to consumers early to take advantage of the Christmas buying spree; the timing certainly fits.
We Are A Fickle Lot
All the negativity surrounding the release of Windows 10 is still fresh in my mind with many users avowing they would never upgrade to the awful Windows 10. Now that Windows 11 has been released we are seeing similar comments from users questioning the need to upgrade to Windows 11 when they can keep using the wonderful Windows 10 for a further four years.
The pattern is obvious; users need time to familiarize themselves with new operating systems and new operating systems need time to mature. Take XP, for example. When XP was first released it was an abomination of an operating system, about as reliable as a 20-cent watch. A decade on, and three service packs later, and XP was everyone’s favorite operating system.
Apparently, Microsoft does not put much store in first impressions, as can also be attested by Edge’s journey from a premature underdone initial release to the excellent browser it is today. I believe Windows 11 will also get there, eventually. Microsoft has given itself four years in which to get it right– although I doubt it will take anywhere near that long. I guess we should be used to Microsoft’s practice of employing users as guinea pigs by now and, while that road is often quite bumpy, users do eventually tend to end up with a fine finished product.