Windows 11: These features disappear

Windows[German]With the introducing of Windows 11 on June 24, 2021 (seeYes, Microsoft introduced Windows 11), Microsoft is ushering in a new era and plans to phase out Windows 10 in 2025 (see Will Windows 10 end on October 14, 2025? A bit …). Similar to new Windows 10 versions, Microsoft will also let various features disappear in Windows 11 or declare them obsolete. The only astonishing thing is that this happens long before the operating system is available.


It should have been clear to everyone that Internet Explorer 11, which is beloved by some users and still frequently used in companies, will not make it into Windows 11, but will be replaced by the Edge browser. The colleagues at Bleeping Computer are working through this issue here. But Microsoft'sFind Windows 11 specs, features, and computer requirements page contains more features in the Feature deprecations and removals section that are classified as obsolete and will eventually disappear.

  • 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.

Much of the list will be noted with a shrug of the shoulders – who has ever used the S-Mode under Windows 10? It is astonishing to me that Microsoft wants to fiddle around with this in Windows 11 Home. You can also do without Cortana during the setup.

The list also confirms that some features introduced with great fanfare in Windows 10 are now officially dead. Regarding the Live Tiles in the Start menu, I published the article Windows 10: Live Tiles won't die (yet) in March 2020. Now they finally pull the plug on this "undead" and replace that with widgets. Timeline is also being officially buried, just like the Peoples app, which will no longer show up as an icon in the taskbar.

The following apps will not be removed during the upgrade, but will no longer be installed on new devices or when reinstalling Windows 11. They are available for download from the Store:

Skype was replaced by Microsoft Teams, which is integrated into Windows 11. According to my observations, the 3D stuff was hardly used and its disappearance was foreseeable. Whether OneNote for Windows 10 now dies a slow death will have to be seen.


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