Microsoft has published a list of Windows 10 features that will be removed or changed when you upgrade to Windows 11.
Some of the changes are going to be deal-breakers for users who customized Windows 10 in specific ways.
For example, the Windows 11 Start Menu only allows you to dock the Taskbar to the bottom of the screen, meaning if you previously docked your Taskbar at the top of the side of the screen, Windows 11 may not be for you.
Microsoft also states that the Start Menu has various changes, such as removing support for Live Tiles, named groups, and folders of apps.
Microsoft is also removing Internet Explorer, which IE Mode in Microsoft Edge is replacing, so that should not affect many people.
Other features such as Tablet Mode, Timeline, and Wallet have been removed. The 3D Viewer, Paint 3D, OneNote, and Skype apps will be removed when upgrading, but will still be available from the store.
You can find a full list of the changes and deprecations below:
- Cortana will no longer be included in the first boot experience or pinned to the Taskbar.
- Desktop wallpaper cannot be roamed to or from device when signed in with a Microsoft account.
- Internet Explorer is disabled. Microsoft Edge is the recommended replacement and includes IE Mode which may be useful in certain scenarios.
- Math Input Panel is removed. Math Recognizer will install on demand and includes the math input control and recognizer. Math inking in apps like OneNote are not impacted by this change.
- News & Interests has evolved. New functionality has been added which can be found by clicking the Widgets icon on the Taskbar.
- Quick Status from the Lockscreen and associated settings are removed.
- S Mode is only available now for Windows 11 Home edition.
- Snipping Tool continues to be available but the old design and functionality in the Windows 10 version has been replaced with those of the app previously known as Snip & Sketch.
- Start is significantly changed in Windows 11 including the following key deprecations and removals:
- Named groups and folders of apps are no longer supported and the layout is not currently resizable.
- Pinned apps and sites will not migrate when upgrading from Windows 10.
- Live Tiles are no longer available. For glanceable, dynamic content, see the new Widgets feature.
- Tablet Mode is removed and new functionality and capability is included for keyboard attach and detach postures.
- Taskbar functionality is changed including:
- People is no longer present on the Taskbar.
- Some icons may no longer appear in the System Tray (systray) for upgraded devices including previous customizations.
- Alignment to the bottom of the screen is the only location allowed.
- Apps can no longer customize areas of the Taskbar.
- Timeline is removed. Some similar functionality is available in Microsoft Edge.
- Touch Keyboard will no longer dock and undock keyboard layouts on screen sizes 18 inches and larger.
- Wallet is removed.
The following apps will not be removed on upgrade but will no longer be installed on new devices or when clean-installing Windows 11. They are available for download from the Store: