Another beta foisted on the public, then?
So, I haven't moved over to windows 11 on my gaming rig, I moved to Linux from windows 10, my last windows rig now gone, after being part of that "family" since Windows 3.1.1
My observations, over the years, is that Microsoft release Beta's as production builds, in all but name.
Some of the worst offenders being windows ME, windows Vista & windows 8.
Up until windows 8, there was at least consistency in the UI/UX, but Microsoft, desperate to climb aboard the mobile bandwagon, made a pigs ear of the UI/UX in windows 8 - and they still haven't sorted it out.
They seem to be constantly fiddling around the edges, whilst leaving underlying issues unresolved.
The constant monkeying with the UI/UX is infuriating for end users, which is in turn, infuriating for tech support.
I consider myself fortunate to have been issued with a macBook for my role as a software engineer.
Yep, I know macOS is like marmite for many, but there's one thing they got right - consistency of UX/UI.
They understood, right from the get-go, to make small incremental changes and leave the core experience as it has always been.
The menu strip along the top, for example, has been in place since the very start - 1984.
MacOS X - the dock has been a staple since 2001.
The settings are still in the same place, after all this time.
Why is Microsoft incapable, these days, of understanding this fundamental principle of UI/UX ?
The sad thing is, right from win95 to win7, they had it right, despite some flawed releases.
It was never the prettiest desktop, but damn, it worked (mostly) - you knew where everything was.
Windows 8 was where it all went wrong, trying to unify two different paradigms, desktop and mobile, in the same OS. What a stupid idea.
This, coming from a company that may as well be none-existent on mobile devices - they totally failed to make any kind of impact in the market.
Sadly, I believe they are sort of stuck with having to support touch interfaces - by making a blundering bull in a china shop half baked move into that space, they are left with trying to pick up the pieces.
Windows 10 saw a reversal of some aspects, but it was just the most intrusive annoying experience microsoft have ever released - "Hmm, is this my computer, or is it microsoft's? - hard to tell..."