The Windows 11 event on June 24, 2021 offered a number of interesting details about Microsoft's new operating system. From rounded corners to a centered taskbar, Microsoft has put a lot of emphasis on new UI elements. And after six years of the same Windows 10 design, it was refreshing to see Windows repainted.

However, Microsoft didn't talk much about the performance and stability of its new operating system. Even after the Insider builds are released, the company is still very excited to see what to expect in terms of performance improvements. We think Windows 11 is just Windows 10 with a new user interface and some improvements under the hood … but that's not all bad.

Windows 11 is an improved Windows 10 21H2

Microsoft didn't originally name Windows 11 that. Before it was called Windows 10 21H2 or the Windows 10 "Sun Valley" update. The 21H2 update should come with all of the UI improvements we are currently seeing in Windows 11. More importantly, 21H2 was a UI overhaul for Windows 10 rather than the "next Windows".

Windows 11 centered taskbar and updated start menu

When Microsoft officially announced Windows 11, many people were surprised that the company had decided to call 21H2 a new version of Windows. And most of the key features of Windows 11 were either already announced for Windows 10 or taken straight from the doomed Windows 10X.

So Windows 11 looks more like a marketing move than a real next-generation Windows. The performance of the current Windows 11 build shows that this is little more than a marketing move.

Windows 11's performance is not that different from Windows 10

We expect one of two things when a new version of Windows is released. Either the performance and stability increase or decrease significantly, or the new version works similarly and is just as stable as the previous version.

We saw the first case with the introduction of Windows 10. It was a mess of random system crashes and poor performance that gradually improved to where it is today.

Windows 10 was a big step forward over Windows 8 in almost every important area. It was packed with features and Microsoft promised us two big updates every year. So it was understandable that it took a few years before it could take its course.

The second case, in which the new version is just as powerful and stable as the old version, now happens with Windows 11. Early reports show that Windows 11 works almost exactly as Windows 10. And in many cases the difference in performance is not even the case worth mentioning.

The same applies to the general system stability. According to the Windows Insider Blog, Windows 11 provides a 99.8% crash-free experience on supported CPUs. This is in stark contrast to how Windows 10 looks when you first start it.

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So even in its first Insider Preview build, Windows 11 is as stable and performant as Windows 10. And anyone who has seen the introduction of Windows 10 will tell you that this is a good thing.

Why is Windows 11 a good thing like Windows 10?

Windows widgets image from Microsoft

For starters, with the official release of Windows 11 this fall, you don't have to worry about it working poorly. It works exactly as you'd expect and is stable to use.

Next, everything you expect from Windows 10 will be there. No more poking around in new menus and systems to find what you're looking for; it's all where it used to be.

When your Windows 10 computer finally meets the hardware requirements, Windows 11 is a free upgrade, just as you'd expect from a Windows 10 update.

Windows 11 is preparing for an excellent upgrade

Microsoft has taken Windows 10 21H2, renamed it and introduced it as Windows 11. Essentially, you get an upgraded Windows 10 with a shiny, new look … but that's not a bad thing.

The fact that the current version of Windows 11 has the same performance and stability should put your mind at ease as you can enjoy the new operating system without any major concerns. So if you're curious, check to see if you qualify for Windows 11 and wait for the fall 2021 release date.

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Fawad Murtaza
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Fawad is a full-time freelance writer. He loves technology and food. When he's not eating or writing about Windows, he's either playing video games or writing for his quirky blog, Techsava.

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