Windows 11 22H2 has entered its final testing phase and the new version of the operating system is expected to be widely rolled out in October. Microsoft today approved the Fall 2022 update for the Windows Insider beta testing program Release Preview Channel.
As you probably know, the Release Preview channel is the last step in the testing process before the commercial rollout of the feature update. In the Release Preview Channel, the next major update of Windows 11 will be polished and various bugs will be fixed based on user feedback.
This is no surprise, as the tech giant has already confirmed that Build 22621 is the RTM of Windows 11 22H2. After the completion of RTM, the next step in the testing process is a broader rollout via the Release Preview Channel. Later this month, Microsoft will start pushing cumulative Build 22621 updates with additional bug fixes and some minor features.
Windows 11 Fall 2022 Update Enters Final Tests
While the Windows 11 Fall 2022 Update is now available in the Release Preview Channel, it is not yet ready for production devices. The update will apparently spend at least a few months in this phase of the testing process as the tech giant wants to make sure the update is stable enough.
Windows 11 21H2, the original version of the operating system, was released in October last year and was plagued by several issues. It goes without saying that Microsoft wants to spend extra time on Windows 11’s first major update and improve testing standards to avoid something like a buggy taskbar recurrence and other issues.
If you can’t wait for the official rollout, you can get Windows 11 22H2 by joining the Release Preview Channel. Please note that it will not be delivered to you automatically as the Windows Insiders Program is completely voluntary.
Even if you participate in the Release Preview, only ‘searchers’ will get the upgrade, meaning those who click the download button can download it.
Windows 11 22H2 is not a huge release, but there are plenty of new features. For example, Microsoft is working on new features in the Start menu, a redesigned Task Manager, integration of Mica into more desktop apps, drag-and-drop return for the taskbar, and more.
Microsoft’s beta channel is now moving to the Windows 11 23H2 update – the next major upgrade going live next year.
The first ‘bits’ of Windows 11 23H2 are already available in the Dev Channel, but Microsoft won’t be releasing new features anytime soon. Microsoft has previously confirmed that Dev Channel is not tied to any particular release and that it will provide more details about the future of Windows soon.