When Microsoft made its big announcements Thursday during its press event in New York, many of them centered around new features for Windows 11, including Copilot’s generative AI assistant, new updates to File Explorer, the taskbar, and much more.
At the time, many media outlets, including Neowin, assumed that all of these updates would be rolled out and labeled as the big 23H2 update for Windows 11. However, Microsoft later clarified that this was not the case. In fact, all these new features and improvements will be released as an update to the current version of Windows 11 22H3.
So what happened to Windows 11 23H2? Turns out, it’s still coming, but it’s coming a little later than we thought. in a blog post Regarding Microsoft’s cloud updates, the company wrote the following note:
On September 26, Copilot on Windows will start rolling out the September 2023 optional non-security update for Windows 11, version 22H2 – and will be available behind the commercial control for continuous innovation. It will later be included in Windows 11, version 23H2, the annual Windows feature update [sic]11, which will be released in the fourth quarter of this calendar year. (bold is ours)
This shows that the Windows 11 22H2 update coming on September 26 (purportedly the “Moment 4” update) will begin rolling out to users in the same way that Microsoft released the Moment 3 update. Microsoft ships optional non-security updates, or C updates, in the last week of each month , with general availability on the following patch Tuesday.
As for Windows 11 version 23H2, it will likely be available in October 2023, bringing customers the rest of the planned features. Microsoft’s approach to updating Windows 11 in 2023 and the lack of proper communication is a bit confusing, and we hope this article clears things up a bit.
You can check out what features the upcoming September 26th update will bring here. Our full Windows 11 version 23H2 review is available here.