After several hours of tinkering with the (now infamous) Windows 11 leak, I’ve come to an unexpected conclusion: it feels a lot like macOS. Now listen to me out: Windows 11, at least in this early version, is essentially a stripped-down version of Windows 10. It includes some of the optimizations we expected to see in Windows 10X, but now that I’m using it, I’m getting serious Mac vibes.
The most noticeable change is the new centered Taskbar. It functions in the same way it has since Windows 95, housing the Start menu button, active apps, and your preferred shortcuts. But now it’s all icons — I can’t find any options to display Window labels in the Taskbar. Microsoft has been trying to push this for years, but as a native Windows user, I’ve always rejected it. I’ve always preferred knowing what an app or window was before clicking on the Taskbar icon.