The next major Windows 11 update, version 22H2, is ready to go live in just over a month, according to new gossip from various sources.
Zac Bowden from Windows Central (opens in new tab)a trusted provider of leaks for all things Microsoft, claims that September 20 is when Windows 11 22H2 should be released to the general computing public, with the caveat that that date could still change – but that’s the goal current from Microsoft.
On the edge (opens in new tab) it also informs us that its sources consider this date to be correct.
What we’ll get as the release version of 22H2 is build 22621, notes Bowden, and there will be an additional update in late 2022 for Windows 11, the first of Microsoft’s so-called “moments” (we’ll get back to that in a, well, time).
Windows 11 22H2 comes with a good number of interface changes and tweaks – including the long-awaited return of drag-and-drop ability to the taskbar – and several core Windows apps, as well as advancements on the accessibility front such as Voice. Access (which basically represents the integration of Nuance’s Dragon speech recognition software into Windows 11).
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With two different technology sites getting information from separate sources, this adds more weight to the claim that September 20 is the date Microsoft has in its journal. Although, as noted, that timeframe could still be subject to slippage – as always, if a last minute bug pops up, and it has in the past (in fact, with Windows 10 we had a terrible glitch after launch as you should to remember).
While the changes in terms of major feature additions might seem a bit light with 22H2, there’s more in the pipeline ahead of the year’s end with the aforementioned “momentum” update. This is essentially a minor feature update applied outside of major updates like 22H2.
This first moment will supposedly usher in tabs for File Explorer, a major reality shift, and more. So even after September – assuming Microsoft hits its target date – we can expect more goodies for Windows 11 soon afterward, probably.