This year’s first major Windows 11 update, version 22H2 aka Sun Valley 2, is expected to bring some much-needed improvements to the operating system. Some references in early code suggested that the 22H2 RTM release of Windows 11 is scheduled for May or June.
Windows 10 version 22H2 will reach its RTM (release to manufacturing) status in a few days, according to reliable sources. Some people believe that the RTM could be declared internally on May 24.
For the uninitiated, the RTM build is a release version of a particular version of Windows 11, but it’s not the release release. In other words, Windows 11 22H2 will reach RTM status in May, but it will continue to receive cumulative improvements with significant or minor enhancements until its public rollout in the fall.
An RTM build is basically sent to OEMs like Intel and HP to pre-install the new version of the OS on new devices, as well as to test the update for people already running Windows 11.
RTM is an important step in releasing any Windows feature update and Microsoft currently plans to sign Windows 11 Build 22621 as an RTM release. However, as our sources have already confirmed, even if the RTM version is finalized before the end of May, Microsoft could still delay the release of Sun Valley 2 to September or October.
September-October-November is usually when the tech giant releases its major Windows update of the year, but it might come a little earlier this time.
Windows 11 22H2 could be a decent update with major improvements
Based on the builds already available to Insiders, we know that Microsoft won’t overhaul the look of Windows 11, but the company will redesign some of its core apps and features, including Task Manager and more.
Task Manager apparently gets a facelift in Windows 11 version 22H2 with WinUI and Fluent Design materials. As part of the visual overhaul, Task Manager pages such as Processes and Performance are now housed in a new sidebar (hamburger menu) to better support tablet and desktop users.
This could lead to the biggest visual change to Task Manager since Windows 7.
Although the expectation is disappointing, it’s actually a good thing. By testing the feature update with more people for a few more months, Microsoft will have plenty of time to fix critical bugs and test its driver compatibility.
This process ensures that a feature update is released without harming devices on the first day of deployment.
Also, if you really don’t care about potential bugs and want to try out the new update sooner, you can sign up for the Windows Insider Program Beta Channel. The Beta Channel gives you early access to upcoming features and updates without giving you too much trouble.
Keep in mind that Windows 11 Build 22621, which is being considered for RTM, may have undocumented bugs, so it’s best to wait for later cumulative updates if you’re unsure of the consequences.