Microsoft is finalizing the major upgrade

Microsoft is finalizing the major upgrade

Microsoft is polishing Windows 11 22H2 (codenamed Sun Valley 2), the new version of its operating system. This important update will correct the flaws of the first edition by providing many new features.

Microsoft had promised: Windows 11 will evolve this year with a major update. The new version, sealed 22H22 (22 for the year, 2022, H2 for the second half, the H refers to half, half in English) and nicknamed Sun Valley 2 (by its internal code name) should land like this in a few months, probably in the fall, but maybe in the late summer to believe some rumors. One thing is certain: the next edition is being finalized. The publisher officially confirmed this in late May, during its developer conference, entitled Build. Since May 24, a version called RTM is running for testing purposes through the Windows Insider program and partners. This validation and completion phase will last several weeks, during which time Microsoft will continue to refine your new system by fixing bugs and improving features.

From Windows 10 to Windows 11: A Difficult Migration

At the same time, the publisher will continue to deploy the current version of Windows 11, offering the upgrade, always free, to all Windows 10 compatible computers. A logical process in that Windows 11 has not had the expected success since its launch in early October 2021, with many users preferring to stay with Windows 10, even when they had the option, for not suffer the plaster of the new system. , who suffered from several juvenile defects.

Admittedly, Windows 11 is not the announced revolution. Contrary to what Microsoft suggests, this is an evolution of Windows 10. A kind of super update that involved several changes in form -especially in terms of interface-, but not background, the operation of the system being virtually unchanged . In fact, everything suggests that, under commercial pressure, the publisher has upset its schedule a bit by dressing its system a bit in a hurry with some news initially planned for the Sun Valley project -new with old-. Worse, for security reasons, Microsoft has drastically changed the game in terms of compatibility, with hardware requirements prohibiting certain computers, even fairly recent ones, from being upgraded to Windows 11, particularly the TPM device. 2.0 (see our post).

However, we should not throw stones at Microsoft: Apple does exactly the same thing with its macOS system, which evolves every year in small steps with some new features and improvements changing numbers and also leaving the old Macs on the side of the road. Not to mention the fact that Microsoft also needs to consider the millions of versions of Windows that are used in the enterprise: a framework in which migrations are naturally slow, for obvious practical reasons (installation, configuration, compatibility with professional applications, security …).

Also, and this is probably the biggest criticism we can make of Microsoft, the launch and deployment of Windows 11 came with the utmost confusion. Not only were not all features announced during the June 2021 launch in the initial release – and some are not yet, such as support for Android apps – but also many bugs contaminated the first system updates, sometimes forcing Microsoft to recommend uninstalling a few days after distribution, it’s time to find a solution! And to sow more confusion, the publisher has discreetly added and modified several applications installed as standard on the updates, almost by surprise, without communicating clearly. So much so that it’s hard for an uninformed user to know exactly what’s currently built into Windows 11.

Windows 11 22H2: an important version with many new features

Everything should change with Windows 11 22H2, at least hopefully! Unlike the many updates that have circulated since the launch of the system last October, this version will be a real evolution, to the point of being described as major. Remember that, contrary to what was done a few years ago with Windows 10, Microsoft decided to deploy only one “big version” of its system each year by providing real functional innovations – such as Apple -, intermediate updates, called maintenance, basically used by correct problems and improve stability. And given the various flaws and shortcomings of the current Windows 11, 22H2 could be considered the first truly finished version of the new system.

Thus, in addition to the accumulated patches that will integrate, the 22H2 version will provide many improvements as well as various functions and applications promised or presented little by little in recent months. Here is a brief overview of the latest developments.

  • File Explorer : Windows 11 Explorer will also evolve. This will allow folder icons to show a preview of their contents. Microsoft also promises better integration with OneDrive, its standard integrated online storage system. But most of all, we expect Explorer to have tabs, for easy navigation in a single window, as in all web browsers.
  • Start menu. Highly criticized in its first iteration, especially for its central location on the taskbar, the Windows 11 Start menu will give you the ability to create folders to group applications. It will also offer a new setting to choose the number of fixed and recommended items.
  • Taskbar. Also heavily criticized, because it has become immovable, the taskbar will evolve to allow you to drag and drop files between applications, as with Windows 10. We do not know if we can move it.
  • Quick setup : The control area to the right of the taskbar will welcome new options, particularly for controlling Bluetooth devices, which are becoming more and more numerous and varied.
  • Graphic styling. Microsoft will continue the aesthetic modernization of its system by wearing many old modules in the style of Windows 11, with windows with rounded corners for example.
  • Window anchorage. The snap-in feature that came with the first version of Windows 11 will benefit from a new interface that lets you create docking groups by simply dragging and dropping to the top of the screen.
  • No tasks. Essential Windows Task Manager will adopt a new, more modern interface, which will display other information.
  • Windows security. The module that manages all Windows 11 security systems will be enriched with a new feature, Smart Application Control (Smart App Control or SAC), capable of automatically blocking malicious or unapproved applications.
  • Widgets. With the introduction of the first version of Windows 11, widgets will be further enhanced in the ability, especially for third-party publishers (not Microsoft) to offer various features in modules.
  • Energy management. The power management system will be optimized to intelligently reduce the power consumption of the PC. A breakthrough that is part of Microsoft’s program to make Windows more environmentally friendly and energy-efficient.
  • Updates. In addition to Windows Update, it will be possible to uninstall Windows 11 configuration updates.
  • Voice control. A new feature will allow you to control your PC with your voice.
  • Gesture control. Windows 11 will handle new gestures, especially for touchscreen tablets.
  • Focus wizard. The concentration feature, which avoids being bothered by multiple notifications, lets you create custom sessions.
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In addition to this non-exhaustive list of enhancements, Windows 11 will benefit from several modernized applications installed as standard, which many describe as “native.” Most have already been hinted at or highlighted in recent months, with some even appearing in various interim updates. We mention Microsoft Store (the certified app store), Notepad (Notepad), Media player (new audio and video player), clipchamp (video editing software), sound recorder (recorder) o Designate (graphic creation).

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© Microsoft

Last but not least, Windows 11 22H2 will finally allow you to run Android applications, opening up Windows and computers to a whole new universe (see our post). This function is possible thanks to the integration of a virtual machine (using the “Windows subsystem for Android“), it was promised as soon as Windows 11 arrived in 2021, but it was only available later, and only for the US market. This time, it is official, will be part of the game in other countries, including Please note that this module is based on the Amazon Appstore, which is less extensive than the Google Play Store, and requires a machine powerful enough to run smoothly. practice … See you in the fall to see what Windows 11 has become and if all of Microsoft’s promises are finally fulfilled.

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