Microsoft has announced the release of Windows 11, version 23H2, the latest feature update for its operating system. This update, which began rolling out in September to Insiders in the Release Preview Channel, maintains the same code base and servicing branch as Windows 11 22H2, allowing for a quick installation process.
Furthermore, consumers interested in experiencing the new enhancements can easily access the update through Windows Update settings. For commercial and education customers, upgrade options are available via Windows Update for Business (WUfB), Windows Server Update Service (WSUS), and the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC), with recommendations for targeted deployments to ensure smooth transitions.
While Windows 11 23H2 was anticipated to introduce many new features, Microsoft opted to release them as part of the Windows 11 22H2 ‘Moment 4’ update. The transition for Windows 11 22H2 systems to 23H2 will be streamlined, involving an enablement package (eKB) to activate features already included in previous 22H2 updates but not yet turned on.
Although the Windows 11 2023 Update is currently available to seekers, Microsoft plans to begin auto-updating eligible devices in the coming months, with the possibility of safeguard holds for devices experiencing issues such as application incompatibility. This update follows the annual Windows 11 feature update cadence, resetting support timelines for Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.
Among the features introduced in the Windows 11 2023 Update are Microsoft’s AI-powered digital assistant, Windows Copilot, a revamped File Explorer, Dynamic Lighting support, Windows Ink enhancements, an improved volume mixer, changes to the Windows Spotlight experience, and an in-depth energy report. Users interested in the update can download Windows 11 23H2 ISO images from Microsoft’s Software Download page, provided their devices meet the necessary system requirements, as verified by the PC Health Check app.