One of the most frequent complaints about the new Windows 11 platform is its sluggish performance. This is somewhat embarrassing for Microsoft has the company talked up the speed of the OS pre-release. Now Microsoft says it will address performance issues and resolve them during 2022.
Microsoft was confronted about Windows 11 performance during a Ask Us Anything (AUA) about the new Windows App SDK on Reddit. The promise to clean up UI performance on Windows 11 means we can expect improvements next year.
However, because Microsoft is committed to annual updates, those improvements may not arrive until Windows 11 22h2. In other words, around a year after the initial launch of the platform. On Reddit and a Windows Developer post, the company says the following:
“Performance will be an area of focus for us in 2022. A lot of that focus will go into startup/launch perf; in terms of UI elements rendering on the screen (after the framework is loaded), we’ve tested the scalability of doing things like putting 10k buttons on the screen, etc. Most of the UI elements render pretty quickly already, but it would be good to understand if there are specific UI element scaling/slowness issues you’re experiencing and we could take a look into that specific scenario.
[…] Internally, in addition to wanting to focus some of our our UX framework’s time on perf in 2022, we also have a dedicated team formed recently to tackle this topic more holistically. So there’s multiple things we’re collectively doing here to try and make sure we have a good perf story.”
Windows App SDK
As mentioned, the commitment came during a wider discussion on the Windows App SDK, which launched this week.
If you are unfamiliar with the SDK, it was once known as Project Reunion and was introduced at Build 2020. It serves as a unification toolkit for Win32 and UWP app development on Windows 10.
Now known as Windows App SDK, the platform integrates Microsoft’s current Win32 and Universal Windows Platform (UWP) APIs. Win32 apps are legacy applications, while UWP is Microsoft’s modern app API.
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