Skip to main content

Survey results predict a surprisingly positive reception to Windows 11

It’s been a few months since Windows 11 first rolled out in beta, and a new survey now finds that 53% of people might upgrade to the new operating system.

Conducted by Windows Report, the survey shows that 53% of people think Windows 11 “looks amazing, and can’t wait to install it.” On the other end, only 13% of respondents chose the response, “I don’t like it, I’m not going to upgrade.”

Despite big visual changes to the Start Menu and Taskbar, another 21% indicated that Windows 11 is pretty similar to Windows 10. Meanwhile, 7% appeared to be let down, responding that “I expected a bigger overhaul,” while 6% said “the design is inspired from MacOS.”

A Windows 11 Pc on a table

Another part of the survey covered people who are willing to switch devices to run the new operating system. Thirty-five percent of respondents indicated they might switch to a touch-based device to enjoy Windows 11, while 14% indicated they’re skeptical about how Windows 11 will behave. That first group is good news for the Surface lineup, which, as we have argued, could finally become true iPad competitors thanks to Windows 11.

Even Windows 7 users might be upgrading to Windows 11. When polled, 57% responded and indicated that they will upgrade to Windows 11 when released. Windows Reports indicated that almost half of Windows 7 users have a Windows 11-compatible device, too.

Other responses were related to the minimum requirements. Forty-three percent of people indicated their device can run Windows 11, with everything validated. Only 20% of people don’t have the requirements of the operating system.

Windows 11 requires a TPM 2.0 chip, or an Intel 8th-generation, or AMD Ryzen 2000, or newer processor. In the survey, 42% of people said they plan to upgrade their TPM chip to run Windows 11, and 18% already have one.

The Windows Report survey was conducted using Crowdsignal, and received answers from 11,097 people in 177 countries. Based on the operating systems, 89% of people were running Windows 10, 6% Windows 7, 1%  MacOS, 1%  ChromeOS, 1%  Linux, and 2% other operating systems.

Microsoft is still in the process of beta testing Windows 11, and it is set for a release later this holiday season. You can sign up to be a Windows Insider if you want to download the operating system today. Seventeen percent of people participating in this survey signed up for the program to get the operating system early.

Editors' Recommendations

MacGPT: how to use ChatGPT on your Mac
The MacGPT app for macOS Monterey and Ventura.

Apple might not officially be in the AI space, but a developer has created a legitimate way to bring ChatGPT to macOS and make the chatbot accessible from your menu bar.

The aptly named MacGPT is an application developed by Jordi Bruin that allows you to install ChatGPT as a remote browser on your Mac desktop. The application has been available since the 2022 holiday season and has garnered over 370 ratings, many of which are five stars. MacGPT is currently free, however, Bruin accepts donations. Once out of beta, he will make MacGPT available at the App Store, where it will sell for $5.

Read more
Grammarly’s new ChatGPT-like AI generator can do a lot more than proofread your writing
GrammarlyGO's Rewrite for Length feature is shown.

Grammarly, one of the biggest names in writing tools, is adding AI-generated text to its repertoire on the heels of the wild popularity of ChatGPT. Known as GrammarlyGO, this new tool is focused on improving writing rather than replacing the writer.

GrammarlyGO will roll out in beta form to existing users in April. All tiers, including developers, business, education, and premium users, will have access. You can even use GrammarlyGO with a free account.

Read more
One of Windows 11’s most requested features may launch soon
Windows 11 updates are moving to once a year.

Windows 11 has a lot of great features, but moving the entire taskbar to a new location is not one of them (although you can move its icons). Despite that, it’s a highly requested feature -- and one that Microsoft might be about to make a reality.

According to Windows enthusiast @thebookisclosed on Twitter, a moveable taskbar is something Microsoft is at least considering, as evidenced by a video of the feature in action that was shared on the account’s Twitter page.

Read more