In a much-anticipated announcement, Microsoft has officially unveiled the release date for Windows 11 23H2. Mark your calendars for September 26, 2023, as this marks a significant milestone in operating systems.
Windows 11 23H2, the “2023 Update” or “Sun Valley 3,” is the second major refresh for Microsoft’s desktop operating system. This release promises to bring a host of exciting features, enhancements, and changes that will redefine the Windows experience.
What to Expect
- Copilot AI Integration: One of the headline features is the introduction of Copilot, a new AI integration into Windows 11. Copilot combines Bing Chat and various first and third-party plugins to provide users with natural language interaction and the ability to adjust system settings effortlessly.
- Revamped File Explorer: Windows 11 23H2 introduces a modernized version of File Explorer, featuring a new “Home” page design, a fresh “Gallery” view, and header interface improvements. Users can also open and extract RAR, 7z, GZ, and TAR file formats.
- Dynamic Lighting: Manage lighted accessories without needing third-party tools with the new Dynamic Lighting feature.
- Secure Passkeys: Say goodbye to traditional passwords by introducing secure Passkeys, an alternative authentication mechanism for websites and apps.
- Ink Anywhere: Touch-enabled device users can now use their pen to write on virtually any text box in Windows 11.
- Enhanced Backup: A new Windows Backup app simplifies data recovery in case of system failure.
- Inbox App Improvements: Several inbox apps receive significant updates, including Microsoft Paint with AI image creation, enhanced layer support, and background removal capabilities.
- Outlook Email Client: A new web-based Outlook email client replaces the legacy email app on Windows 11, among other enhancements.
- Phase 1 – September 26, 2023: Microsoft will preview Windows 11 23H2 in the Release Preview Channel. Only select features will be available during this phase as an update for version 22H2.
- Phase 2 – October 10, 2023: The full version of 23H2 is expected to become available for manual download during the Patch Tuesday Update on October 10, 2023.
Microsoft will ensure a gradual and controlled rollout, prioritizing devices with a seamless upgrade experience. Temporary compatibility blocks will be placed on devices facing potential issues.
Windows 11 23H2 will be offered as an optional update, allowing users to initiate the installation manually from Windows Update settings.
Stay tuned as we bring you more updates on this exciting release. Windows 11 23H2 is set to redefine your computing experience, so mark September 26, 2023, on your calendar and prepare for a new operating system era.