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Microsoft begins preparing Windows 10 22H2 feature update for public rollout

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Windows 10 version 22H2 has been unofficially confirmed by Microsoft. This could be the next feature update for the OS and it will be rolled out to consumers in a few months, according to references spotted in the latest optional update (KB5015684) released for the OS.

As we reported earlier this year, the buzz around Windows 11 and rumors of Windows 12 have already started making headlines, but the company hasn’t completely forgotten about Windows 10. The old operating system will remain supported and will receive its own feature update in the fall.

Windows 10 KB5015684, which appeared in the Windows Insider program today, quietly switches the OS version to “22H2” from “21H2”. As you can see in the screenshot below, Windows 10 Build 19045 has also been spotted in the ‘About’ screen of the Windows settings page.

Windows 10 Build 19045

In our testing, we were unable to detect a noticeable difference between Windows 10 21H2 and Windows 10 22H2. It looks like the new update will be another minor update and will be rolled out via an activation package that doesn’t make any major introductions on the consumer front.

Windows 10 22H2

Microsoft officials have previously said that updates to the activation package only come with a “set of features” and such updates are similar to monthly cumulative updates, essentially meaning Windows 10 22H2 will be enabled with the push of a button later this year.

In other words, if you’re running Windows 10 version 2004 or newer, you can instantly upgrade to version 22H2 in a jiffy with a significantly fast installation process. That’s because all of 22H2’s features are already hidden in the latest cumulative updates, and feature updates released after the version (v2004) essentially share the same core OS version.

A changelog for version 22H2 is not currently available, but it will focus on productivity and security, meaning many of the changes will affect enterprise or business users. Consumers can expect minor bug fixes, better security features, and general improvements.

What’s next for Windows

Windows 11 will receive its first major feature update later this year called ‘Sun Valley 2’ or version 22H2. The update is set to bring back drag and drop support, improve Start menu customization settings, and more.

Microsoft has reportedly canceled Windows 11 version 23H2 and the next major release could be Windows 12 in 2024. This is because the company is exploring a new strategy where it plans to release new Windows versions every three years, with smaller feature updates for existing versions.

Windows 11 will continue to get new features for years to come. At a given moment. Windows 12 will debut with significant changes. If the company follows the same strategy, you can expect Windows 13 for the next ten years.

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