Windows 11 will be getting its first big feature update ‘version 22H2’ soon. Now it looks like Windows 10 22H2 (the next big feature update for the old operating system) is also coming later this year as it has been accidentally confirmed by Microsoft.
As Microsoft officials have previously stated, the company has not completely forgotten about Windows 10. Of course, the fuss has been around Windows 11 of late and new features are also being developed specifically for the new OS. However, Windows 10 isn’t going anywhere and it will continue to receive feature updates.
References to Windows 10 22H2 (Build 19045) have now been spotted in the latest optional cumulative update. As expected, Windows 10 22H2 (Build 19045) is built on top of Windows 10 version 2004 and it will not make any significant changes to the operating system.
Version 22H2 will again be another minor one and it will be the fourth such upgrade in a row. While the update does not make any major changes to the feature front, it is still expected to ship with minor tweaks. For example, you can expect the new search interface which recently started rolling out to Windows 11.
Microsoft has previously said that feature updates for Windows 10 will have a “have a scoped set of features” and will be deployed “using servicing technology”. In other words, Windows 10 version 22H2 is going to be yet another enablement package. This is according to both Microsoft and references spotted in the Release Preview Channel.
The enablement package is essentially a switch that turns on the dormant features in the operating system and advances the OS / build numbers. For example, this year’s enablement package will advance the version and OS build number to 22H2 and Build 19045 respectively.
Anyone running the latest optional and quality updates will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 22H2 in a snap. The installation and upgrade process would be very fast because the update is essentially a refresh of the Windows 10 version (v2004) as they are essentially part of the same core build.
What to expect in Windows 10 22H2
We have no idea what’s coming with Windows 10’s 2022 feature update, but it’s likely that the update will be focused on productivity and security, meaning much of the changes will not be significant to consumers.
As for its release date, we’re expecting the update to launch in the fall, around the same time as Windows 11 22H2. In other words, an official statement is expected soon with a limited set of folks getting access to the update.
Furthermore, Microsoft has not officially confirmed the update and plans are always subject to change.