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Microsoft confirms that Windows 11’s 2023 update will be called SV3 – what to expect?

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We know that Windows 11’s first major update for 2022 will launch later this year and it’s called version 22H2 aka Sun Valley 2. For the uninitiated, Sun Valley is the codename of the original Windows 11 release and Microsoft is apparently planning to the codename for the next two major releases.

Windows 11 23H2 could be Microsoft’s best bet yet to beat Apple and Google in the tablet and touchscreen market.

As Windows 11 22H2 prepares for Fall 2022, Microsoft has started a major update for 2023 and we’ve already seen changes in the Dev Channel. Next year’s update is apparently called version 23H2 (Sun Valley 3 / SV3), with references to SV3 spotted in the latest preview builds.

As you can see in the screenshot below, there are references to Windows 11 CU23H2 aka Copper (second half of the year 2023) in the latest builds. The current Windows 11 22H2 update, which is expected to launch in the fall of 2022, is codenamed “Nickel” internally.Windows 11 23H2

Next year’s Windows 11 update will be known internally as both “Copper” and “Sun Valley 3”. At Microsoft, it’s quite common for one product to have different code names, as there are multiple departments working on different parts of the same update.

Windows 11 SV3

The screenshot above refers to “SV3”, an abbreviation used for Sun Valey 3. The company has previously referred to Sun Valley 2 as “SV2”, so it’s reasonable to assume that “SV3” in the above code is a reference is to Sun Valley 3.

For those who don’t know, Microsoft has changed Windows feature updates to an annual cadence, meaning there will only be one feature update this year and another one next year.

Feature updates are now released in the second half of the year, which is why the last digit of WIndows 11 versions always ends with a ‘2’.

In theory, Windows 11 version 23H2 is still in early development, but new features may appear in upcoming preview builds later this month or next month.

Windows 11 23H2 expectations

According to sources familiar with the development, Windows 11 23H2 will prove that Microsoft’s tablet ambitions remain undaunted.

Microsoft’s rival Apple has had tremendous success with tablet and iPad software, but the Windows tech giant has yet to do the same in the industry.

While Windows 8 was a pretty decent operating system for tablets, the OS and tablets were largely ignored. Windows 10 addressed the concerns of desktop and laptop users while retaining some of Windows 8’s tablet-friendly features, such as the gestures and live tiles.

Unlike Windows 10, Windows 11 does not come with a tablet mode. With the new operating system, Microsoft is trying to strike a balance between desktops and tablets, and Windows 11 continues to work better on tablets.

More improvements, including a tablet-friendly taskbar, may be released next year with the Windows 11 23H2 update.

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