Windows 11 version 22H2: new features, release date and compatibility

For the one-year anniversary of Windows 11, Microsoft is preparing a major update for its system. Here are the expected new features for Windows 11 version 22H2 and what you need to know.

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After the launch of Windows 11 in October 2021, Microsoft is preparing an important update for the operating system. It is free to download and promises to continue to modernize the operating system.

What’s new in Windows 11 22H2

Here’s a rundown of what’s new to take away from the big update.

  • Tabs in File Explorer
  • Better OneDrive integration
  • Folders in the Start menu
  • More customizable start menu
  • Return of drag and drop to taskbar
  • Window sharing with Microsoft Teams
  • New volume indicator
  • Improvements to touch screens
  • Interface modernization
  • New task manager

In detail, the Windows 11 22H2 update should not radically change your use of Microsoft’s system. It is rather a question of continuing the work of modernizing Windows, which had received a boost with the transition to Windows 11.

A more modern interface

The task manager, which had timidly evolved since Windows 8, gets a new interface. Other dated elements such as the volume indicator have been revised to give a more coherent picture.

In the Start menu, Microsoft offers several important changes. We can note the arrival of folders to more easily organize shortcuts and the possibility to change the size of the area dedicated to pinned applications.

The organization of windows becomes simpler with both new touch shortcuts for users of tablets or hybrid PCs, but also with the mouse with help at the top of the screen. The latter is a new way to use Windows Snap and organize your windows on parts of the screen.

Windows 11 22H2 snap new menu
Windows Snap gets simpler // Source: Frandroid

The taskbar restores the drag and drop of files between programs that had disappeared with Windows 11. It also includes some changes, such as the ability to click on the microphone next to the time to immediately mute your voice. Icons such as the battery or the language and Bluetooth menus have also been revised.

Windows 11 settings are also full of news with the ability to set the Bing image of the day as wallpaper or a new section dedicated to its Microsoft subscriptions.

The Alt+Tab menu no longer fills the entire screen and presents the applications by group if they were displayed together on the screen.

Windows 11 new menu everything tab
The new Alt+Tab menu is no longer full screen // Source: Frandroid

Application

The star of this update is undoubtedly File Explorer. He gets the ability to use tabs like a web browser.

Windows 11 tab file explorer
Source: Microsoft

The Explorer interface is also evolving to better integrate Microsoft OneDrive. It is possible to share files more easily via OneDrive. The sharing window integrates PCs on the local network and no longer only those available via Bluetooth.

The small Clipchamp application that allows you to edit videos for free and easily is now included in Windows 11.

Clipchamp Frandroid weekly app

Microsoft Teams should also get the ability to easily share a system window through deep integration. Right-click from the taskbar and just click “share”.

Windows is getting smarter

With Windows 11, Microsoft has focused on making the system more convenient for users.

The new Do Not Disturb mode is easier to configure and allows you to turn off notifications with just a few clicks. In particular, you can create periods of concentration time.

Windows 11 focus mode
Concentration Mode // Source: Frandroid

On the security side, Microsoft adds smart app control that helps detect and block untrusted or potentially dangerous apps.

Windows 11 includes a new accessibility feature: live subtitles. With AI, Microsoft on the fly interprets the words from any audio source on your computer to display the dialogs in text. Of course, Microsoft currently only supports English (US).

Windows 11 AI April 2022
Source: Microsoft

You are probably familiar with the features of adding background blur in video conferencing applications. Microsoft is integrating these features natively into Windows 11 for developers through AI. Users will also be able to benefit from active background noise reduction and automatic gaze correction to provide a more natural conversation.

What is the Windows 11 22H2 release date?

The first major update to Windows 11 is scheduled for the end of 2022. We can expect a rollout of Windows 11 22H2 starting in September, or more likely in October.

Is Windows 11 22H2 compatible with my PC?

If your PC is compatible with Windows 11, you should be able to install the 22H2 update without any problems.

There is a procedure to ensure this.

  • Open Registry Editor Windows 11
  • Go to the address HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\TargetVersionUpgradeExperienceIndicators
  • Open the NI22H2 input
  • Read value” RedReason
  • If it says NONE, your PC is compatible with the update and Microsoft will not block the installation

Conversely, if the value indicates otherwise, this should direct you to the causes of the incompatibility with your machine. For example, it could be a lack of storage space or a problem with the configuration of the TPM chip.


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