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Windows 11 Version 23H2: Microsoft to Initiate Upgrade Invitations in April 2024

Starting April 2024, Microsoft will encourage certain business users to upgrade to Windows 11 through non-intrusive prompts.


has unveiled plans to step up efforts in migrating Windows users to its latest operating system, Windows 11 version 23H2. These efforts are set to commence with the security update slated for release in April 2024, with a specific focus on the second Tuesday of April, adhering to Microsoft's traditional “Patch Tuesday” schedule. This initiative highlights Microsoft's commitment to ensuring users are on the most secure and efficient version of its operating system, enhancing user experience and security features.

Targeted Users and Upgrade Prompt Details

The company clarifies that the initiative will target users operating on cloud-domain joined and domain-joined non-managed business devices. These users can expect to receive upgrade prompts following a sign-in or system reboot, emphasizing Microsoft's approach to encourage updates without disrupting managed device ecosystems. Furthermore, Microsoft reassures users that an option to retain will remain accessible, albeit less prominently featured in the upgrade prompt. This subtlety in design choices hints at Microsoft's intention to nudge users toward accepting the upgrade while maintaining a user's autonomy in their operational choice.

Organizations leveraging Microsoft Intune, Configuration Manager, Windows Autopatch, or other third-party management tools are classified under managed devices and are, as a result, excluded from these upgrade prompts. This decision underscores Microsoft's understanding of enterprise needs and the importance of centralized IT department management over software updates and system integrity.

User Reactions and Policy Implications

Historically, Home edition users of Windows 10 have been at the forefront of Microsoft's upgrade push, often serving as initial adopters. Despite the enticing offer of a free upgrade, there are no guarantees of a seamless transition, leading to a mix of anticipation and skepticism among users. For unmanaged Windows 10 Pro and Pro Workstation devices meeting eligibility criteria, the pop-up will serve as a nudge towards the newer operating system, aimed at users without direct IT department oversight.

Additionally, a noteworthy policy from two years prior, requiring a Microsoft account for personal activities on Windows 10 Pro devices during initial setup, may resurface as an analogous requirement for accepting this upgrade. Users are reminded of the Microsoft Privacy Statement, which details the extent of data Microsoft can view, emphasizing the importance of informed consent in the digital age.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.