Microsoft is readying Windows 11 22H2. In the final stages of preview, the first feature update for Win11 will likely launch in September. Twitter user XenoPanther found a new name for this update in the Get Started app. It seems when Microsoft launches the upgrade, it will be known as “Windows 11 2022 Update.”
While Microsoft could be using a placeholder name, it is unlikely. In fact, Windows 11 2022 Update fits the company's plans to roll out a single Windows 11 feature update each year. Of course, Microsoft likes to change up the name every so often, including using fancy names such as “Creators Update” for Windows 10.
However, Windows 11 2022 Update just fits, even if it is more boring. Microsoft says Windows 11 will only receive one major update each year, so attaching the year to those updates makes sense. So, we can expect next year's release to be called Windows 11 2023 Update.
Although, a recent report claims Microsoft may not release an annual update for Windows 11 in 2023 at all. Instead, the company is once again looking to change up its update scheduling complete. Now, Microsoft wants to roll out new features throughout the year. This would be an extension of the company delivering updates to Windows apps whenever they are ready.
Get Started has been updated to mention "Windows 11 2022 Update" pic.twitter.com/yVNdF0HPId
— Xeno (@XenoPanther) August 22, 2022
Over on the Windows Insider Program, the company is already experimenting with this kind of updating. Microsoft has been sending out experimental features more often to Insiders. If Microsoft does switch to regular feature releases, some say this could mean the company will go back to a more consistent Windows major version release cycle.
In other words, we may get Windows 12 in 2024. I am not sure about that, but it is clear Microsoft is trying to refine how it updates the OS.
Tip of the day: When using your Windows 10 laptop or convertible with a mobile hotspot you might want to limit the Internet bandwidth your PC uses. In our tutorial we are showing you how to set up a metered connection in Windows 11 or Windows 10 and how to turn it off again, if needed.