Microsoft plans to release its next big Windows 11 update, version 22H2, on September 20. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans say the company will roll out Windows 11 22H2 via Windows Update on September 20, just a week after the company’s regular Patch Tuesday fixes. Microsoft has been testing Windows 11 22H2 for several months, and it will include new improvements like the app folder in the Start menu, drag-and-drop functionality on the taskbar, and new touch gestures and animations.
Microsoft is also adding a new Live Caption accessibility feature in 22H2, which is ideal for the deaf or anyone who wants to automatically caption their audio. Likewise, a new voice access tool is also part of 22H2, which allows people to control their computers by using voice commands.
The Task Manager also gets an overhaul in Windows 11 22H2, with a new dark mode and revamped layout, including a new command bar and an efficiency mode that limits resource consumption by apps. Snap layouts will also be greatly improved in 22H2, making them easier to drag and apply to reveal all the layouts that can be used to arrange apps.
Microsoft has also developed tabs for File Explorer, but this feature will come later. Windows Central reports that Microsoft is planning another update to 22H2 later this year that will include File Explorer tabs and a new suggested actions feature. If you want to get your hands on Windows 11 22H2 sooner, it’s now possible for testers to install the final update.
Microsoft is planning to mark the 10th anniversary of the Surface launch this fall with new products that will likely ship with the new 22H2 version of Windows 11. Microsoft hasn’t officially announced a Windows 11 22H2 release date, nor has it given any hints about a potential Surface event. Microsoft is returning to in-person tech events in October, with its Ignite conference taking place in Seattle from October 12-14.
A summary of the current known Windows 11 22H2 new features and improvements:
- Applications folder in the start menu
- Adjustable fixed area in the start menu
- Drag and drop on the taskbar
- Focus Assist and Notification Center integration
- New “Spotlight” wallpaper feature
- New Voice Access Accessibility Features
- New Live Caption accessibility features
- New gestures and animations for touch users
- New snapshot layout bar when moving app windows
- New task manager app
- New “Suggested Action” feature when copying dates/numbers
- Tabs in File Explorer (available later)
- Better OneDrive integration with File Explorer
- Numerous UI improvements and consistency updates