Windows 11 Review: 15+ New Features You Should Know About in 2023

Jan 12, 2023
Updated • Jan 12, 2023
Windows 11 News

Windows users have been excited about the latest operating system release and rightly so. Windows 11 brings with it amazing tweaks and some new features that are sure to give your system an upgrade. Here are some of the standout features of Windows 11.

Start Button Is in a Central Position

The taskbar and the start menu is the first big change you will notice with Windows 11. This is one of the most difficult changes to come to terms with; however, many users like this because it makes their screen look cleaner due to the central position of the icons.

Windows 11 review New Features Looking Ahead in 2023

No Refresh Button

One of the habits most Windows users have is right-clicking on their desktop and clicking refresh. However, the refresh option has been removed. Microsoft later clarified that the button has only been moved under the 'show more options' when you right-click.

File Explorer Has a Windows 10 Layout

The file explorer has not received too many changes however the context menu seems to have rounded corners. This gives the screen a better look.

Thumbnail Previews Are Removed

Another feature that most Windows users were familiar with was the thumbnail preview for folders. This has been replaced by colorful folders representing each menu.

Button To Show Desktop Is Removed

This is one change that will not affect too many users. The show desktop button at the bottom right of the screen has now been removed. However, since most users press Windows+D to show their desktop, this change will not affect most.

Settings Have Been Changed

Settings have received a major revamp. It now comes with a neat-looking sidebar and you can access any section with one click.

Microsoft Store Design Is Better

The Microsoft Store has also been redesigned and it now comes with a sidebar that allows you to switch between different categories.

Windows 11 microsoft Store Design Is Better

Action Center Is Redesigned

The action center looks very organized and professional with Windows 11. The new layout is easy to understand and everything is in a presentable manner.

New Context Menus

The context menus have also been changed to blend with the new interface. The new menu looks better with new fonts and rounded corners.

New System Sounds

Windows 11 also comes with new sounds that allow you to customize your experience. While some users do not like the login and logout sound for earlier Windows versions, the new sounds may change their minds.

New Themes

While Windows 10 made had quite a few cool themes to enhance your desktop's look, the new themes in Windows 11 are even better. Each theme can be modified and previewed before you apply the changes.

New Fonts

New fonts like the Segoe UI Variable have been added. The new font is an adaptation of the Segoe font and it scales to adapt to any screen size.

Lock Screen Is Different

While the new lock screen does not have too many changes, you will notice that the date and time are centered. The sign-in button is similar to Windows 10.

Widgets Have Made a Comeback

Windows 11 has brought back widgets in the form of Windows tiles. Semi-transparent glass finish panels house the new widgets that make the screen look amazing.

Widgets Have Made a Comeback

Multi-task Switching

The multi-screen option has been retained in Windows 11 with a few enhancements. You can now create unlimited desktops and toggle between them using the Windows+TAB key.

Windows 11 Has a Lot To Offer

With so many changes and more on offer, there's no reason not to switch to Windows 11 today. Watch this space for more updates from Microsoft.


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  1. Someone said on January 12, 2024 at 1:55 pm

    All of these “features” are the reason I am switching all personal and office computing over to debian based systems

  2. Simon said on January 13, 2023 at 8:55 pm

    As stated in the post, I’m someone who does not like logon/logoff sounds. Now that I learned that Windows 11 has new system sounds that allow me to customize my experience, I’m fully excited. As suggested in the post, I changed my mind now and will upgrade to Windows 11 immediately.

  3. Anonymous said on January 12, 2023 at 10:59 pm

    Windows 11 takes away features that everybody wants and adds features that nobody wants. Everyone accountable for these decisions, in my opinion, needs to be terminated. All of Microsoft’s smart developers left the company after Windows 7.

  4. jazzy said on January 12, 2023 at 6:42 pm

    why does Microsoft remove features that are good for production and our guide them @Shaun

    1. Anonymous said on January 12, 2023 at 9:33 pm

      Because they want brain dead users who don’t question their decisions and believe Microsoft knows what’s better for them, if someone claims the changes made into the OS is there to make windows “simpler (aka anti-productive)” and easier (more time wasted for power users trying to get their things done) then they should’ve put an option during installation like some programs do to ask if you are a novice and simplify things for you instead of treating power users as if their time spent researching, re-configuring, editing and even patching the system to restore it to a workable state
      just because we can do that doesn’t mean it’s ok and it won’t matter, we are treated that way because to them we are the minority, because they have no [real] competitor that would make them feel any actual threat in the market.

      Complain all you want we can hear you and we will do whatever we want however we like :)

  5. Jek Porkins said on January 12, 2023 at 4:11 pm

    Some of the listed don’t sound like features, more like lack of features. Like the desktop refresh for example.

  6. RIPWindows said on January 12, 2023 at 3:00 pm

    I detest every modification made to Windows 11. I’d want to see Microsoft produce a version of Windows similar to 7. Simply a straight forward operating system that leaves you alone and has Windows classic theme. No BS, telemetry, cloud-related nonsense, or touchscreen interfaces… I would pay for that.

  7. Carrot Probe said on January 12, 2023 at 12:44 pm

    No problem. A carrot has been watching this. It scuttles off into the undergrowth.

  8. Paul Richards said on January 12, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    This is one of the worst possible articles I’ve ever landed on. Good job Softonic.

    1. Anonymous said on January 12, 2023 at 2:13 pm

      I agree — what’s with the all the “this is better than sliced bread and beer in a can” adjectives? Read like a sale pitch for Micro$oft.

  9. mom's pijamas said on January 12, 2023 at 12:16 pm

    Completely pathetic article

    1. Anonymous said on January 12, 2023 at 9:13 pm


    2. xx said on January 12, 2023 at 3:35 pm

      Yeap, fully agree

  10. Carrot Probe said on January 12, 2023 at 10:34 am

    Martin, I strongly recommend, that you amend the malformed URL destination: [http://upgrade/] (see second hyperlink, with the link text “upgrade”).

    Because clicking [http://upgrade/] will likely trigger the browser redirect; visitors might then land upon some dubious website with said text in its address, e.g. [].

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 12, 2023 at 11:53 am

      Carrot, thank you, done!

  11. assurbani said on January 12, 2023 at 10:04 am

    NOT TRUE -> Thumbnail Previews Are Removed (there is still a kind of half preview)
    NOT VERY TRUE -> Button To Show Desktop Is Removed: show desktop still exists and fights with us who love it, mouse over doesn’t work anymore, but only with mouse click

  12. ilev said on January 12, 2023 at 9:29 am

    “Windows users have been excited about the latest operating system release and rightly so”

    No, they did not and Windows 11 usage barely passed Windows 7 usage.

    1. sudoer said on January 12, 2023 at 11:25 am

      do you speak for ALL windows users ?!?!?

      1. Saibot said on January 13, 2023 at 12:33 am

        Does Shaun?

      2. Anonymous said on January 12, 2023 at 9:12 pm

        do you?

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