Microsoft plans to release its next major Windows 11 update, version 22H2, on September 20. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans say The edge Microsoft will roll out Windows 11 22H2 via Windows Update on September 20, a week after the company’s regular Patch Tuesday patches.
Windows Central first reported the 22H2 release date earlier today, after I teased September 20 plans a week ago.
Microsoft has been testing Windows 11 22H2 for months, and it will include a number of new improvements, like app folders in the Start menu, drag-and-drop on the taskbar, and new touch gestures and animations. Microsoft is also adding a new Live Captions accessibility feature with 22H2, ideal for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or anyone who wants to automatically caption audio. Likewise, a new voice access tool that allows users to control their PC using voice commands is part of 22H2.
Task Manager is also being overhauled in Windows 11 22H2, with a new dark mode and a much better layout that includes a new command bar and efficiency mode to prevent apps from consuming resources. Instant layouts will also be greatly improved in 22H2, making it easier to swipe and apply to reveal all the layouts you can use to organize apps.
Microsoft is also working on tabs for File Explorer, which will arrive a little later than September 20. Windows Central reports that another update for 22H2 is coming later this year, which includes File Explorer tabs and a new Suggested Actions feature. If you want to access Windows 11 22H2 a little earlier, testers can install the final update now.
Sources also say The edge that Microsoft plans to mark Surface’s 10th anniversary with new products this fall. These Surface devices will likely ship with the new 22H2 version of Windows 11.
Microsoft has yet to officially announce a Windows 11 22H2 release date or hints of a possible Surface event. Microsoft is returning to in-person tech events in October with its Ignite conference taking place in Seattle October 12-14.