Prepare for the much-anticipated release of Windows 11 23H2, scheduled to debut on September 26, 2023. This update, known as the “2023 Update” or “Sun Valley 3,” marks the second major refresh for Microsoft’s desktop operating system.
Here’s what you need to know about this exciting release:
Phase 1 – September 26, 2023
Microsoft will unveil a sneak peek of Windows 11 23H2 in the Release Preview Channel on this date. However, please note that the full version won’t be available to the general public yet. During this initial phase, only a select set of features, such as Copilot and a few others, will be accessible as an update for version 22H2. Therefore, devices won’t experience the complete set of enhancements, and the OS version will continue to display as “22H2.”
Phase 2 – October 10, 2023
While the exact release date for the full version 23H2 remains undisclosed, it is expected to be available for manual download during the subsequent Patch Tuesday Update on October 10, 2023. Significantly, this update won’t be automatically pushed to devices. Older versions will first receive version 22H2, followed by the option to install version 23H2.
A complete reinstallation won’t be necessary if you opt for Windows Update settings. However, a reinstallation will be required if you choose the Installation Assistant, USB bootable media, or the official ISO file.
Microsoft will employ a gradual and controlled rollout strategy. Compatible devices with a smooth upgrade experience will receive the Windows 11 2023 Update immediately. Temporary blocks will be placed on devices like tablets, laptops, and desktops that may encounter compatibility issues.
Windows 11 23H2 will be offered as an optional update. It will not download and install automatically unless initiated manually through the Windows Update settings. Devices nearing the end of service for Windows 11 setup will eventually receive the 2023 Update automatically.
Exciting New Features
This update introduces over 150 features across the operating system and inbox apps. One of the standout features is Copilot (formerly Windows Copilot), an innovative AI experience that combines Bing Chat and various plugins to facilitate natural language interaction and system setting adjustments.
The File Explorer receives a substantial overhaul, featuring a modern code base, a redesigned “Home” page, a new “Gallery” view, and header interface improvements. Additionally, Nearby Sharing is enhanced, and support for RAR, 7z, GZ, and TAR file formats is added.
Dynamic Lighting, a new feature, allows users to manage lighted accessories without third-party tools. Furthermore, the update introduces the concept of “Passkeys,” offering a secure alternative to traditional passwords for signing in to supported websites and apps.
Ink Anywhere empowers users with touch-enabled devices to use their pen to write on virtually any text box in Windows 11. The new Windows Backup app simplifies data recovery in case of system failure.
Several inbox apps receive exciting updates, including Microsoft Paint with AI image creation, layer support, and background removal capabilities. The Photos app gets a background blur feature and enhanced search. The Snipping Tool allows text extraction from screenshots and content redaction before sharing sensitive captures. Notepad now automatically saves sessions even after a computer restart. Plus, a new web-based Outlook email client replaces the legacy email app on Windows 11, among other enhancements.
Get ready for an exciting Windows 11 23H2 experience with innovative features and improvements to enhance your computing journey. Stay tuned for further updates as the release date approaches.