I can not say I have the same amount of optimism for the Windows Store. I buried its function in Windows 8, I buried it again in Windows 10, and I find myself burying it some more in Windows 11 minus some random curiosity as to whether it is now good or not. So far, it is still not pulling me in.
The Microsoft Store and a powerful PC just seem like an odd couple. There are just too many phone resembling apps that have the look of a misfit on a pc. I am not sure if I am in the majority of Windows 11 users or not. Microsoft is making its strongest push yet and I do know there has been some excitement in regards to using android apps on a pc. I haven't really complained about this though because it is always a good thing when the PC can do more. But, I do not really see myself using them. I do understand the store ecosystem allows apps that would otherwise not exist to come into existence, but the apps still do not feel right to me. I still find myself using more traditional apps the same I have been since I started using a PC.
It is very possible, in my view, the windows store never will really catch on the same way as a google store or amazon app store have.
I too have never needed to adopt Microsoft Store, yes , sometimes by default it will open when i have been doing some stuff, but i can always find and install all my usual Programs as they have always been backed up and updated manually doing it the old school way. I do think less savvy users will use it to some point, but there will always be peeps like us who will not. I used to do a lot of work for clients on there Computers and always passed on tips and hints.
So far using Win 11 has been plain sailing based on settings we have all discussed, i do not think my Computer habits are anywhere mainstream as i have very specific interests and so far Windowblinds has been the only Casualty, but after working in conjunction with PhoenixRising1, even that is no longer so, every other of my mainly used Programs have all had NO problems with this OS, installed and working as they should.
Interesting how your worded the "Newbie" Debate PhoenixRising1 and i can say , you put it across beautifully, it made complete sense to me and i hope other members. Even when i came to this forum 11 years ago as a newbie, my IT experience and understanding of all things Computer related was already at a higher level than any Newbie as i was working in the Industry and in the last 11 years that experience has grown hugely. I have watched the Industry grow huge and touch almost every aspect of our lives so feel i can offer what i have learnt and give an informed experience led response to Topics like this.
The divisive proof of Win 11 good or bad, will only be settled in time, do i think it will become a Lemon like earlier editions of the OS , NO as it still remains very similar to Win 10 so many will take up the offer of a free upgrade, something our informed minds know to be "Too good to be true" as free is never really free, can and will we be able to close down those privacy issues making Win 11 better to use, a big fat yes as we are already doing it now, others will follow and as this OS becomes popular more of us will help others by what we respond in forums like this one, and before we know it others who publish results and findings on the net will do the same.
So sure of this end result, i am willing to apologize in print saying my findings of this OS were wrong, but as of right now, and based on numerous hours going through settings etc.. i stick to my findings as i genuinely believe Win 11 can be made safe from spying and can be modified to limit the concerns we are all commenting on. If and when that changes, maybe after some feature update, i will continue to report back Honestly and give my Informed opinion. I am a Stand Up Guy and would never defend my reporting back comments if i found them to be wrong through hands on time using this OS.