In the September 2022 update, a significant amount of new functionality was included, and later in October 2022, File Explorer tabs were finally introduced. Subsequently, in February 2023, another set of new features was released.
These updates, known as ‘Moment’ updates, seem to be the future direction for Microsoft, but that doesn’t mean they will completely eliminate major feature updates. Version 23H2 is scheduled to be released before the end of 2023, and some of its noteworthy new features have already been disclosed.
Windows 11 23H2
Following the introduction of Windows 11, Microsoft initially indicated a shift to annual feature updates instead of the previous biannual approach of Windows 10. However, rumours in July 2022 suggested that more frequent “Moment” updates would replace this annual cadence.
Recent reports indicate that Microsoft has indirectly confirmed the existence of the 23H2 update in preview builds from May 2023. The preview build, labelled as an “Evaluation Copy,” is set to expire on September 15, 2023, which could indicate a potential release window for 23H2.
While it’s possible, the specific date mentioned may not be accurate, and plans could change between now and then. The gradual rollout of the update means it might take some time to reach all Windows 11 devices. However, users will have the opportunity to test it in advance through the Windows Insider Program. It’s worth noting that signing up for the experimental Canary Channel, which may include potential Windows 12 features, is not necessary.
Windows 11 23H2 Confirmed Features
1. Windows AI Copilot: A powerful virtual AI assistant based on ChatGPT and Bing Chat. It can analyze images and text, answer contextual questions, and control on-device settings.
2. Dynamic Lighting: Integrated tools for controlling RGB lighting on devices and accessories.
3. One-click Taskbar app ungrouping and show labels.
4. Ability to hide the date and time on the Taskbar.
5. Expanded support for formats like 7-zip, RAR, gz, and others.
6. New AI features in the Microsoft Store: AI-generated app keywords and review summaries, along with a hub for selected AI apps.
7. Backup and restore apps: Reinstalls apps downloaded from the Microsoft Store when restoring a backup. It’s uncertain if apps downloaded from elsewhere will be included.
Q1:When is Windows 11 23H2 coming out?
Microsoft has not yet announced an official release date for Windows 11 23H2. However, some reports have suggested that it could be released in the fourth quarter of 2023.
Q2:How can I get Windows 11 23H2?
Windows 11 23H2 will be available as a free update for Windows 11 users. You can check for updates manually by going to Settings > Windows Update > Check for updates.
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