By Dervish / Last update December 22, 2021

According to news on November 30, in June of this year, Microsoft released a new operating system, Windows 11, and officially launched it in October. But two months later, the Windows 11 operating system is still an unfinished job. The current Windows 11 system has added a lot of features and fixed some of the existing bugs, but still lacks some elements promised by Microsoft.

Recently, the Microsoft technical team has partially focused on repairing early problems in the operating system, while some people are slowly adding some of the new features that Microsoft initially announced.

Features that have been officially released

Since October, the main functions that Microsoft has added, adjusted or repaired in the Windows 11 operating system are:

Performance optimization for the Ryzen processor: Both Microsoft and AMD have released software patches to solve the performance compatibility problem between the Windows 11 system and the new generation of AMD Ryzen processors. Independent tests have confirmed that the patch makes the performance of the Ryzen processor consistent with Windows 10 under Windows 11, but there is still room for improvement.

Some bug fixes: Microsoft has resolved many issues including taskbar rendering, virtual printing errors, and system crashes through several updates. Operating system software as large and complex as Windows always has many issues, and public releases also provide a lot of user data for Microsoft to fix vulnerabilities.

Appearance update: The recent Windows update has changed the blue screen of death interface back to blue, and added more lively emojis to the system. But the adjustment of these small objects only shows that Windows 11 is an airplane that takes off before it takes shape.

Function is currently being tested

Some Microsoft applications and features can currently be tested through the Beta or Dev channels of the Windows Insider Program, but they have not yet been officially released to the public.

Support for Android applications: Microsoft has introduced a Windows subsystem that can run Android applications in the new operating system, allowing Windows 11 users to install corresponding Android applications through the Amazon App Store or Microsoft Store. However, it has higher requirements for user hardware, and it also needs to start the BIOS/UEFI virtualization function. Currently, the preview version of running Android applications on Windows 11 is only for Windows Insider users of the Beta channel, and only supports a small number of Android applications.

Brand new media player: Microsoft has also added a brand new media player to Windows 11 to replace the Groove music application, which is Microsoft’s default music player in Windows 10 and 11. This application is called "Media Player", which is obviously a tribute to the classic "Windows Media Player". Currently, this app is only open to those Windows Insiders users who have registered in the Dev channel.

Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL): Like Windows 10, Windows 11 also has a Windows Subsystem for Linux. But compared with the version in Windows 10, it adds more new features. Currently Windows 11 users can download the preview version of WSL in the Microsoft Store. The company said that eventually the preview version of WSL in the Microsoft Store will become the official version.

Microphone status and mute function: Microsoft demonstrated this function in June of this year, but it did not go live in the original Windows 11 version in October. When the user is on a call, the microphone icon will appear in the taskbar. The user can see which application is using the microphone, and can also open or unmute the mute by tapping the icon. This feature currently only supports the Microsoft Teams application in the Dev version of the Windows 11 operating system, but Microsoft said that other applications can also add support for this feature.

Your Phone application interface adjustment: The Your Phone application user interface in the Windows 11 operating system has been adjusted, and the notification function has changed the most. However, there are not many functional upgrades for this application, it lacks some kind of support for the iPhone, and it is also unable to open the application or mirror the phone screen on non-Samsung, non-Microsoft Android phones.

Functions that have not yet been implemented or should be implemented

Dark mode: Microsoft promised to partially redesign Windows 11 in August of this year, but there is still no dark mode. It is also unclear when the dark mode will become a reality.

Other application updates: Windows 11 has done a lot of work to unify Microsoft’s design language and its built-in applications, but built-in management tools such as Notepad, WordPad, Device Manager or Registry Editor are still at the old design level. . If Microsoft wants to fully commit to changing the design language, it can't just adjust some surface elements.

More flexible taskbar: Microsoft should allow users to choose to place the taskbar on the left or right side of the screen, and it should also allow users to open files by dragging files to the taskbar application.