On September 26, Microsoft released one of the most ambitious updates for Windows 11, featuring a plethora of new tools based on artificial intelligence and more. Among these improvements, there is a new utility for Microsoft Paint, an enhancement for the Photos application, a biometric-based self-saving key system, and many other utilities aimed at making life easier for users. However, one of these features, despite the initial promise, has shown to be less useful than anticipated – the new file explorer.
An incredible tool with some design issues
The new file explorer offers a myriad of new features to simplify the user experience, including a modernized interface, support for multiple compression types including RAR, and a gallery section reminiscent of what was available in Windows XP. However, what initially seemed like a great idea has demonstrated some noticeable seams, especially in terms of performance issues with the updated application. Additionally, a notable change is that files dragged within the file explorer can no longer be placed in the address bar to create a file path.
Microsoft has already commented on this change, explaining that this functionality is no longer available, and they will be closely monitoring the feedback this decision generates. Nevertheless, the company has observed that this specific feature had limited use and did not significantly contribute to the user experience.
In any case, such changes are not uncommon, and regular Windows 11 users have seen Microsoft make such alterations before. In 2021, they overhauled the taskbar and menu, redesigning them significantly and eliminating various functionalities that users were accustomed to. However, Microsoft has clarified that this particular feature will return to Windows 11.