Microsoft has unofficially verified the existence of Windows 10 version 22H2.
References to this functionality were detected in the most recent optional update (KB5015684) for the operating system, and it’s expected to begin trickling out to users within a few months.
Windows 11 has garnered all the attention, and speculation about Windows 12 has already begun, as we wrote earlier this year, but Microsoft hasn’t forgotten about Windows 10. In the fall, the old operating system will receive its own feature update.
“22H2” instead of “21H2” is what’s in the latest Windows 10 KB5015684, which has appeared in the Windows Insider Program. Windows 10 Build 19045 has also been found under the ‘About’ section of the Windows Settings website, as shown in the screenshot below.
The 21H2 and 22H2 versions of Windows 10 showed no discernible differences in our tests. It appears that the next upgrade will be a modest one and that it will be released as part of an enablement package that contains no significant new features for end users.
Enabling Windows 10 22H2 with the flick of a switch will be possible later this year, according to Microsoft executives, who previously stated that enablement package upgrades will only ship with a “scoped set of functionality.”
You can upgrade directly to version 22H2 if you’re on Windows 10 version 2004 or newer, and the installation procedure will be significantly faster. As a result, all of 22H2’s features can be found in the latest feature and cumulative upgrades that were issued following the previous version (v2004).
However, the 22H2 changelog has not yet been released, but many of the changes are likely to be of interest to enterprise or business users. Minor bug fixes enhanced security features, and other enhancements are on the way for customers.
What’s next for Windows?
‘Sun Valley 2’ or version 22H2 will be the first major feature update for Windows 11 later this year. The update is expected to bring restore drag and drop capability, as well as a host of other features.
Since Microsoft has apparently scrapped Windows 11 version 23H2, we can expect Windows 12 to arrive in 2024 as the next major release from the company. It’s due to Microsoft’s intention to release a new Windows edition every three years, along with modest feature improvements for older versions.
In the future, Windows 11 will continue to receive additional features. Sometime in the future. There will be big changes in Windows 12 when it is released. Windows 13 should be on the horizon in ten years if the company sticks to its current course.