Whenever there’s a significant OS launch, there will be problems. Windows 11 was no exception, and Microsoft is currently dealing with plenty of issues. One issue some users have complained about in Windows 11 is performance, and the company says it plans to address that in 2022.
In a Reddit post where the development team was taking questions from the community, Microsoft talked about the importance of performance in Windows 11. It also addressed how the company plans to improve it going forward:
Performance will be an area of focus for us in 2022. A lot of that focus will go into startup/launch perf; in terms of UI elements rendering on the screen (after the framework is loaded), we’ve tested the scalability of doing things like putting 10k buttons on the screen, etc. Most of the UI elements render pretty quickly already, but it would be good to understand if there are specific UI element scaling/slowness issues you’re experiencing and we could take a look into that specific scenario.
This came in response to a user saying, “To me it feels like every classic UI element that got replaced with a UWP XAML version in Windows 10 got slower. This trend has continued into Windows 11, and seems to just be a trait of this new XAML. Is this a high priority issue?”
In a different comment on Reddit, a company representative talked more about how important performance is for the operating system and how seriously the company takes it:
Internally, in addition to wanting to focus some of our our UX framework’s time on perf in 2022, we also have a dedicated team formed recently to tackle this topic more holistically. So there’s multiple things we’re collectively doing here to try and make sure we have a good perf story.
Clearly, Microsoft is listening to user feedback and saying the right things. Whether the company will do the right things over the lifespan of Windows 11 remains to be seen. Personally, I’m not having an issue with Windows 11 from a performance perspective, but your mileage may vary in that regard.
This comes shortly after Microsoft was forced to revert its Whiteboard app to a previous version because of issues, including those that degraded performance. At least that means the company has shown that it’s willing to take the necessary steps to fix an issue.
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