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Microsoft has been hard at work on the next major update to Windows 11 H2, which was previously codenamed ‘Sun Valley 2″ and “22 H2.” However, an unintentional leak revealed that the new name would be ‘Windows 11 H2 Update.’

The update is finally here, bringing new accessibility features and a more refined look to the operating system.

An April update featured the unexpected revival of Windows Media Player and the ability to preview Android apps in the Microsoft Store; another update is already in testing and includes improved ‘Open With’ features, a revamped taskbar, and other improvements.

The 2022 update will mark a paradigm shift for Microsoft, with the company allegedly canceling its major 2023 ‘Sun Valley 3’ update to bring significant features faster, compared to Windows 10’s six-month schedule. These new, more minor feature updates will be known as ‘Moments,’ and will be released every three months.

Because an October event is rumored to bring new Surface products, the ‘Moment’ update may arrive sooner than users expect, and tabs in File Explorer may be included with a new Surface tablet. With that in mind, here’s everything we know so far about Windows 11’s first major update.

Let’s get right to it.
What exactly is it?
The Windows 11H2 Update is Windows 11’s first major feature update.
When will it be available? September 20th, 2022
What is the price? The Windows 11 H2 Update is available to all users for free.

Android apps are on their way to Windows 11.

Testers in the Beta Channel with Windows 11 Build 22000.xxx and above will be able to try out the redesigned Focus feature, but users have been able to test out a variety of Android apps since February 2022.

These come from Amazon’s App Store rather than Google Play, where every app is tested and approved by Amazon, similar to Apple’s App Store effort.

These will function in the same way that iOS apps do on macOS, with apps like TikTok and Instagram running in a window. It’s worth noting, however, that there are already other ways to install Android apps without going through the Microsoft Store.

The new operating system features for the Windows 11 2022 Update

This first update to Windows 11 appears to be based on user feedback as well as additional refinements that Microsoft presumably did not have time to include in the initial release in November.

The taskbar is one feature that has divided users. The start menu has been redesigned in Windows 11, but while the new look is pleasing, some features that were present in Windows 10 are no longer available.

The taskbar appears to be bringing back some features and listening to feedback in the 2022 Update, with drag and drop returning to the taskbar.

Other OS enhancements include more Microsoft apps that will be refreshed with the Fluent Design language found in Windows 11. Notepad is one of the examples for the 2022 Update, which includes a dark mode and a rearranged menu bar.
While Paint is another app that will benefit from a redesign, Microsoft surprised many by bringing back Windows Media Player at the end of 2021.

It will replace the rather basic Groove Music app, which debuted in Windows 8 in 2012. This will be available in the Microsoft Store, but it is planned to become the default app for playing media files once everyone has access to the 2022 Update.

The Windows 11 updates appear to be about more than just looks, and 22H2 is no exception. As always, there will be several changes beneath the surface that aren’t
user-facing, as well as a few that are.

But, based on what Microsoft is working on and demonstrating through the Insider Program, it’s clear that the company wants to update Windows 11’s apps, not just the front-facing features.

How to Test the Windows 11 2022 Update Before It Is Released

Before Microsoft releases a major update to Windows 11, it goes through the Windows Insider Program’s various channels (opens in a new tab). The Insider Program has various channels that correspond to how far ahead of time you’ll be able to test new features, with the most cutting-edge being the ‘Dev Channel,’ which is aimed at the most technical users.

This update first appeared in the ‘Dev Channel,’ with a 2200 build number appearing in November 2021. Other Paint and Windows Media Player app updates quickly appeared in the ‘Beta Channel.’

These will be stable builds tied to a future release with Microsoft-validated updates. As the launch date approaches, Windows 11 22H2 will be released to the ‘Release Preview Channel,’ which is the most stable channel in the Insider Program. Microsoft supports builds released through this channel.

If you aren’t already a member of the Windows Insider Program and want to start testing future updates early, you can sign up right from the Settings app on your PC. Navigate to the ‘Update & Security section, then to ‘Windows Insider Program,’ and finally to the channel you want to join. You will then begin receiving updates for the channel you joined via ‘Windows Update’ on your PC.

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