Many years ago I created a small app to help me remember whether or not I had taken my medications for the day, so I never took them twice and could be reminded at designated times. I slapped a button and a counter on the screen, made it track the last taken date and display a clock, and that was it. It looked terrible, but it worked, and I was planning on making it look better. However, I tested the concept app for a day or two and that test turned into full time usage. I never updated it or uninstalled the dev copy that I was testing with. If it works, don’t fix it, right?
Recently I decided I was tired of it looking terrible and since I’d been wanting an excuse to use React Native again I decided to remake it.
Here’s the original:
Here’s the updated copy with a UI I spent slightly more than 30 seconds on.
The app isn’t distributed, just something I updated personally for myself, as the app helps me a lot and has become a part of my routine.
Now I don’t hate Windows by any means, and I use it as a daily driver myself, and that being said, I want what’s best for its development and future. It can only get better through criticism imo.
I keep seeing articles about Windows 11, so I collected some thoughts here for consideration.
In my last post about Windows 11, I pointed out that Windows 10 should have been iterated upon instead of Windows 11 being released. That post includes a few reasons I won’t mention again here including the taskbar button being moved to the center and destroying a key UX design feature that Windows themselves must have forgotten they implemented so long ago.
Let’s talk instead about more bad things about the OS that have come to light.
As usual, the new release of Microsoft’s major operating system has lots of bugs.
This is why I still recommend waiting for a while after release to upgrade, even if you like the new look of Windows 11.
When asked about the performance issues of the OS, Microsoft had this to say:
While they are aware Windows 11 is slow – this is a key reason I’m choosing to stay on Windows 10 for now. It took a long time for Windows 10 to get to a reasonably stable version, and I’m expecting the same for Windows 11. Give it a year or two and then see where it is.
Default apps settings
Surprise again, Microsoft is making it harder to change your web browser away from Edge. In Windows 11, you must change every file protocol related to html documents, links, and other web related entries as opposed to having a simple “Web Browser” option like in Windows 10. This is anti-consumer and doesn’t make using the OS easier at all.
Context menu options that before were one click away are now hidden for “ease of use”. This may or may not be preferred by some though, I can see users who don’t typically need the extra context menu options being more encouraged to right click and use the simplified menu.
Personally I don’t find the widgets they have interesting or useful in the slightest, and the widget pull out goes halfway across the screen, so it’s almost useless for multitasking. There are no community or custom widgets, so you are stuck with what Microsoft decides to develop. If I know them, they may release one or two more before forgetting about the feature entirely or disbanding the division of developers that work on it.
No option to choose different App Icon sizes and end less customization options available in tiles grid
No App Folders
No option for Named Groups
No way to resize start menu
No option for full screen start menu
No show more apps option (Current view displays only 18 apps without scrolling)
Ability to remove pinned apps and show all apps view only
Usability – Not mouse friendly, lot of mouse travel for every action. No way to remove recommended section, app and all apps buttons are far away from reach. Also you need additional click to reach All Apps. Even for touch users it is very difficult to reach new start menu or apps in two handed mode.
No refresh option in context menu, there are many instance where explorer fails to auto refresh.
Context menu is missing many options like shortcut, send to, share with, restore previous version and 3rd party customizations (Windows has poor history of developers embracing new platform features, so not sure when Devs will add these to new menu)
Quick access toolbar has been removed. So no option to pin my favorite commands like copy path
When “Turn off the store application” and “Disable all apps from Microsoft store” group policies are configured, basic windows apps like notepad, mspaint, etc will not work. This also blocks users from launching cmd or powershell from Windows + X menu
To sum things up, Windows 11 is having some issues, as is expected of a needless full OS upgrade for feature removing UX and UI changes. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯