From Windows 10 to 11, here are the main elements that will be abandoned or seriously changed

As we have seen recently, the new Windows 11 operating system will replace Windows 10 with several changes and new functions. But of these, several will not see the light of day after the upgrade.

Internet Explorer

Let’s start with the antiquity that is Internet Explorer (IE). Needless to say, no one will shed tears when they see this old browser known for its security flaws disappear for good. Rest in peace Explorer. A software cleaning which, in my opinion, should have been done as soon as Microsoft released the Edge browser.

Internet Explorer

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Internet Explorer

In detail, if IE was still available in the bowels of Windows 10, it will be permanently redacted from Windows 11. And for the few who have to use the old functions of IE for their web applications, it is possible to use the Edge browser with built-in IE mode.

Windows S mode

Without completely disappearing, Mode S which allows you to install only secure and official applications from the Microsoft Store will only be an option in the home edition of Win11.


The famous and popular Voice over IP (VoIP) video telephony application launched in August 2003 by a group of talented Estonian programmers which was successively bought by eBay ($ 2.6 billion) in September 2006, by a group of buyers ( $ 1.9B) at 65%, finally by Microsoft ($ 8.5B) in May 2011, will no longer be integrated into the Win11 software suite.

From Windows 10 to 11, here are the main elements that will be abandoned or seriously changed

Microsoft is still not throwing the baby of 8.5 billion $ with the bathwater, Skype which continues its services as a solo application will be integrated into the Teams communications set, which will be tightly integrated with Win11.


The low popularity of Timeline under Win10 got the better of this function, which will no longer see the light of day under Win11. Managed under a Microsoft account, Timeline syncs your activity across multiple Windows computers, making it easy to switch between devices.

Quick Status

In Win10, one can choose which apps show quick status on the lock screen. These are managed in Settings> Personalization> Lock screen.

Too little used, the Quick Status function will no longer be offered under Win11. On the other hand, developers will be able to offer more interesting equivalent functions that it will suffice to install.

Tablet mode

While Win10 works well on all types of computers, from tablet to desktop, Win11 will not include a dedicated mode for tablets.

All we know is that this mode will be reconfigured for this type of computer. For now, Microsoft remains unclear by limiting itself to saying that the “functionality will be included to connect and detach the keyboard”. To be continued.

From Windows 10 to 11, here are the main elements that will be abandoned or seriously changed

The location of the taskbar

In Win10, the taskbar is located at the bottom of the screen by default, but if you want you can place it elsewhere on the screen.

Finished this possibility under Win11, the bar will have only one domicile, at the bottom.

Cortana voice assistant

In the next version of Windows, the voice assistant Cortana will no longer be part of the installation process or pinned to the taskbar.

For the moment, we do not know the intentions of Microsoft which would make its assistant a professional tool.

Live Tiles

These tiles show quick information about an app without having to open it. A News tile will display headlines, the Weather tile will display forecasts.

From Windows 10 to 11, here are the main elements that will be abandoned or seriously changed

Setbacks to these Live Tiles from the Start menu, they did not really appeal to the developers who shunned them.

Microsoft is thinking of putting back software gadgets (widgets) more classic for Win11.

Let it be said, a new operating system is also a good household.

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