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Windows 11 Anniversary Update will likely reach RTM status in a few weeks

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Way back in 2015, when Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 and the concept of “Windows as a Service,” the company confirmed plans to release feature updates at least twice a year. It was still too many updates for many businesses and even consumers, so they made these feature updates “optional.”

It was still a challenge for Microsoft to deliver new features as part of these ‘feature’ updates and Microsoft decided to focus on improvements with the second update of the year. With Windows 11, Microsoft is moving to one annual update per year.

This means that the company only releases one major update to the operating system per year, and the first major Windows 11 update is now slated for the fall, possibly between late August and October.

According to sources familiar with the development, Windows 11 22H2 (codenamed ‘Sun Valley 2’ or SV2) will reach its RTM (release to manufacturing) version in a few weeks. We expect the company to have an RTM candidate ready by the end of this month at the earliest.

For those who don’t know, the term RTM (release to manufacturing) refers to builds that are essentially the final version of the major Windows release. These builds will be sent to OEMs and Microsoft partners to help the companies test their drivers and devices and preinstall the updated operating system on new devices.

With regard to the “exact” release month, it’s important to understand that the company can still delay the update until October, which is usually when the feature updates for Windows are released. However, the possibility of parole in September cannot be ruled out.

Worth the wait?

Current preview builds suggest that Microsoft will not revisit the look of Windows in the Sun Valley 2 update.

While the company will redesign some of its core features, including Task Manager and native apps, the Windows 11 Anniversary Update will not introduce major overhauls.

Windows 11 Build 22610

Sun Valley 2 doesn’t seem to be an exciting update if you just want to try out new features. However, by focusing on the quality improvements and holding it back for a few months, it’s likely that Windows 11 will become more stable and release without the annoying issues that the original release came with.

If you can’t wait to try the new Task Manager or drag-and-drop support for the taskbar, you can sign up for the Windows Insider program and join the beta channel.

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