Poll: Do you use Windows or do you prefer another OS?
Microsoft unveiled Windows 11 during the What's Next for Windows event this week, which brought new features and design changes. The taskbar is getting a new look, windows are more dynamic, Widgets are more or less replacing live Tiles, and there's finally support for Android apps. The OS appears to be a more streamlined version of Windows 10 that leans further into the Android ecosystem, which might be the push that Microsoft needs to keep Windows competitive, especially after Apple and Google recently introduced new features and updates for their respective platforms.
That said, after Windows 11 was announced, we want to know what OS you prefer to use on your personal computer. Let us know in the comments why you prefer one OS over another.
Windows 11 takes some design cues from the recently killed Windows 10X, which was originally meant to be a lightweight version of Windows positioned to take on Chrome OS devices. This would have allowed Windows to work better on low-end machines the way Chrome OS does, giving it a boost in education. Microsoft decided instead to roll that development into the main version of Windows, which will be available later this year.
With Android app support, Windows is better equipped to take on Chrome OS. However, support is limited to the Amazon app store, which will work in tandem with the Microsoft Store to download apps, but it's still an important move nonetheless. Windows already connects pretty well with the best Android phones thanks to apps like Your Phone, which syncs calls, texts, notifications, images and even allows users to stream apps from their PC. In many ways, Android smartphone pairing is better on a Windows PC versus a Chromebook, and official app support will only bring Microsoft and Google closer together, even if it is through Amazon.
You can follow more coverage on Windows 11 over at Windows Central.
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The Samsung Galaxy S21 is the best smartphone to have if you're a Windows user. Thanks to the Your Phone app and Link to Windows, your PC will be able to take calls, texts, synch notifications and photos, and even stream apps directly from your smartphone. Not to mention, the Galaxy S21 is a fantastic smartphone in its own right.
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Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.
I'm not comfortable with the answers offered. My preferences are more subtle, and not limited to desktop operating systems. They depend on what's at hand: tweaking the system or getting things done. For me, compatibility with obsolete hardware is not too important, but "YMMV".
Windows 10 Pro on my gaming PC and my Surface Pro 7.
I'm about 95% Android, 5% Windows. Can't be arsed with Linux anymore.
i would use Linux if i could get the software i use for it,
I'll stick with Windows for OS. However, for a browser I will not use Edge (or chrome) and for a search engine, I will not use Bing (or google).
With Microsoft's restrictions on what hardware windows 11 will run on making lots of year old plus PCs obsolete after 2025. I'm sure the makers of Chromebooks will hopefully rise to the opportunity.
I'm moving to Chrome OS, I'll not buy another Windows laptop, and my Chromebook of choice? A Pixelbook.
Windows 10 pro for my gaming rig and work laptops.
I'd rather buy. console for serious gaming, especially with the "PC master race" arrogance of PC gamers and I'm not willing to spend thousands on a gaming PC.
Windows... by a mile.