Windows 11 version 22H2 is Now Available for Commercial Pre-Release Validation

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Microsoft has announced that Windows 11 version 22H2 is now available for commercial pre-release validation by business customers. The upcoming feature update is also available as an optional update for Windows Insiders enrolled in the Release Preview channel.

New features in Windows 11 version 22H2 include system-wide Live captions, a revamped Task Manager as well as drag and drop support for the taskbar. Additionally, it comes with a new Clipchamp video editor installed by default as well as the ability to create folders in the Start menu.

Microsoft has also introduced some new gestures that allow users to minimize apps, open the Start menu, and perform other actions on touch screen devices. Lastly, the Windows Spotlight feature automatically downloads new wallpapers from Bing and displays them on the Windows 11 desktop.

Windows 11 version 22H2 is Now Available for Commercial Pre-Release Validation
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Going forward, Windows Insiders in the Release Preview channels will likely receive more cumulative updates ahead of the official launch of Windows 11 22H2.

“Microsoft is committed to ensuring your applications work on the latest versions of our software. Windows 11 is built with compatibility in mind and Windows 11, version 22H2 is no different. Our promise states that apps that work on Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 will work on Windows 11. If you experience a compatibility issue with Windows 11, version 22H2, utilize App Assure with Microsoft FastTrack,” the company said today.

Microsoft to provide free support for businesses running Windows 11 22H2

It is important to note that Microsoft is offering free support for all organizations running Windows 11 22H2 on their devices. This approach should help IT admins to ensure a smooth rollout ahead of general availability. Microsoft hasn’t provided any release for the next major update of the OS, but it’s likely around October 2022.

Microsoft says that IT admins will be able to install Windows 11 version 22H2 on commercial devices through all standard channels. These include Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Azure Marketplace, as well as the Windows Insider Program ISO download page. You can find more details on each distribution channel in Microsoft’s blog post.