As technology evolves, new operating systems bring exciting features and improvements. However, with each update, certain elements from the previous version may be left behind due to modifications or a lack of user demand. In the case of Windows 11, several components and features have bid farewell in this latest update.
Ext Windows has compiled a list of 11 elements that didn’t make it to Microsoft’s latest release. Let’s take a look at what we’re saying goodbye to:
List of features removed in Windows 11
- Traditional Start Menu: this was one of the ones that changed the most. The main news is the farewell to application groups and folders, which were left aside. Pinned apps and websites in Windows 10 won’t be migrated, so saving everything first’s a good idea. The other change was about the dynamic blocks, which now leave the scene to make way for Widgets;
- Cortana started with the system: it’s still there, but it won’t run on startup or be pinned to the taskbar;
- Internet Explorer: disabled. Microsoft Edge has an IE Mode to make up for its absence in certain scenarios;
- News and interests: these elements have been improved and are now integrated into the Widgets;
- Lock screen status: both it and the associated settings have been removed;
- Traditional Capture Tool: its layout and functionalities were changed to match the “Captura e Esboço” application;
- Classic Microsoft Store: Microsoft’s shop will be completely remodeled in appearance and functionality. The old version will be forgotten in limbo, as it is today;
- Tablet Mode: removed, and its functionalities pass to the keyboard settings;
- Traditional taskbar: probably the part that has changed the most. There is no longer a shortcut to access people quickly, and some icons may no longer appear in the system tray. It is inflexible now, it is no longer possible to place it in any position other than the bottom of the screen, and there is no way to customize it as before;
- Timeline: the timeline says goodbye. Some of its functionality has been incorporated into Microsoft Edge;
- Wallet: the virtual wallet has been removed.
Moreover, several classic Windows programs have been removed from the default installation in Windows 11. While this may disappoint some nostalgic users, the following apps are no longer included: 3D Viewer, OneNote for Windows 10, Paint 3D, and Skype. However, you can download them from the official Microsoft Store if you still wish to use them.
Now, I’m curious to know what you think about these changes. Are there any programs or features that you will miss? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.