The next Windows 11 update is scheduled to release on September 20.
The news comes from Tom Warren of The Verge(Opens in a new window)who has an excellent record on Windows rumors and was among the first to hint at the original launch of Windows 11. He attributes the date to “sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans”, and says that the launch of Windows 11 22H2 will arrive via Windows Update a week after the traditional monthly Patch Tuesday.
In truth, the precise date doesn’t matter much to most Windows users, as these feature updates usually take several months to roll out to the entire base of hundreds of millions of PCs. Microsoft only releases feature updates for PC configurations tested for compatibility, and it takes months to check for compatibility given the huge number of different hardware and software combinations in the multi-vendor PC ecosystem.
What’s in Windows 11 22H2?
Not much. The main changes came last year with the original move from Windows 10 to Windows 11. Perhaps the most notable change in 22H2 will be the revamped File Explorer, which finally gets tabs to match those of the Finder of macOS, although this feature may not. to the initial version of September 20.
The Start menu will also receive icon folders and the taskbar will support drag and drop. New accessibility features will include live captions for anything that produces voice audio on the PC and better control of computer voice access. Instant layouts will see improvements such as a hotkey call.
New video editing software in the form of the template-based Clipchamp app is also set to arrive with 22H2.
Clipchamp video editing app in Windows 11 (Credit: PCMag)
Additional tablet touch gestures are also expected to arrive with the update, including a swipe from the taskbar to invoke the Start menu and another to access the Quick Settings menu. And the widgets will get more live notifications, for sports, finance and breaking news.
Widgets in Windows 11 (Credit: PCMag)
Microsoft’s current major update schedule is set to once a year, but important updates may also appear in the middle of these cycles. Take for example the new Media Player app, Paint app, Phone Link, Photos app and Weather icon which was added to Windows 11 apart from any major update. These may actually be more meaningful to many users than anything that happens in 22H2.
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How to get Windows 11 22H2
If you want to try the new features right away, you can join the Windows Insider Program and install it as a preview build, as an upgrade, or get one through a disk image file. If you can wait until September 20 (or later), you just head to the Windows Update section of the Windows Settings menu and tap the Check for updates button. If you still haven’t upgraded an eligible PC to Windows 11, you can also find it here. And if you don’t have a Windows license, you can now purchase one specifically for Windows 11 from Microsoft’s online store.
What’s the next version of Windows Really Big?
Microsoft recently suggested in a lifecycle support document that Windows 11 would reach its end of life in 2024, leading many analysts to suspect that another really big update we informally call Windows 12 is on the way. the horizon. The schedule should also include Moments or intermediate feature updates that occur up to four times a year.
To learn more about the latest and greatest desktop operating system from Microsoft, head over to our Windows 11 page.
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