Windows 11 23H2 Update Release Date, Features, and More

KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • Windows 11 version 23H2 may release in late September or early October
  • Some features of version 23H2 are already available to Dev and Canary Channel Insiders

Microsoft’s Windows 11 will be turning 2 years old this October. Every year, Microsoft releases a large feature-rich update that massively improves Windows 11. This year, we are expecting Microsoft to release its annual big update. The new update is called Windows 23H2. If you are someone that has enjoyed how Windows 11 has progressed along, then you will be interested in what the upcoming Windows 11 update has in store.

Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about the upcoming Windows 11 23H2 update that is scheduled to be released later this year.

In this article we will be taking a look at the release date of the update, what new features you can expect, and additional details that might interest you about the update.

Windows 11 23H2 Release Date

Microsoft has always had a habit of making big announcements and updates for the remainder part of the year. Starting around the end of September or early October, we can expect the most awaited Windows 11 version 23H2 to be released to all Windows 11 systems. With just a handful of months remaining, we are yet to see Microsoft make an official statement or announcement about the update’s release.

Windows 11 23H2 Features

Now, let’s take a look at all the new features that are expected to be made available with the Windows 11 23H2 update. All of these features have made their debut in one way or another for Windows 11 Insiders who have been testing out Windows 11 on the Dev and Canary channels.

RGB Lighting Controls

This is going to be a great feature for those who have systems with multiple RGB elements. With this new RGB Lighting control feature baked into Windows 11, you no longer will have to install third-party apps to control your RGB lights. All of it can be done by simply making adjustments and settings within the Settings app itself. This feature was first made available for Windows 11 Insiders on the Dev channel.

Related: How to Enable RGB Lighting Settings in Windows 11

Redesigned File Explorer

Now with Windows 11, we did see File Explorer get a makeover. However, that is not the only makeover for the File Explorer. The new File Explorer for Windows 11 (which is currently live for Canary and Dev channel users) comes with a modern interface and a more web browser-styled UI. From a far glance, it looks like Microsoft Edge’s UI has been added to the File Explorer. The new gallery feature for the File Explorer is a new much-awaited feature.

Windows 11 23H2 File Explorer

Improved Volume Mixer

The new Volume Mixer for Windows 11 makes it simple and easy for you to easily adjust the volume of different apps right away. You no longer have to click through multiple options to pull up the volume mixer. You simply click on the Volume icon from the Action Panel and you simply drag the sliders left or right to adjust the volume. The feature is currently live for Canary and Dev channel users.

Windows 11 23H2 Volume Mixer

Cloud backup For Windows 11

Resetting your Windows 11 PC has become so much easier. Thanks to the new cloud backup feature, you can easily back up apps, settings, and additional things to the cloud whenever you reset or restore a Windows 11 system. This makes it easy for you to manage all your data and ensure that you don’t waste any time migrating data manually to other cloud services or physical storage devices.

Native RAR and other format Support

Finally, Microsoft has decided to bring in native support for RAR, tar, 7z, and more compressed file format to Windows 11. After all these years of multiple operating system releases, Windows 11 now lets you zip and unzip files without the need for any third-party app. Does this mean the end of WinRAR? Not at all. You can always choose what program you wish to use to zip and unzip files, and these apps come with more options than compressing or decompressing different formats. But for those who cannot be bothered about downloading an app to zip and unzip files, Microsoft has heard you.

Paint Gets Dark Mode

While the good old Paint app for Windows 11 did get a makeover, it was still missing the most requested feature, Dark mode. You can finally get Paint in Dark Mode with an in-app setting that lets you change the theme of the app right away. You no longer have to get your eyes burnt looking at the bright white theme when doing anything in Paint.

Windows 11 23H2 Paint App

Windows AI Copilot

Looking at how AI is being incorporated into almost everything out there, it is only fair that Microsoft also hops onto the AI bandwagon and brings out its AI assistant. Not to be confused with the earlier voice assistant Cortana, Windows AI Copilot works and runs on Bing AI and lets you perform a lot of tasks by just typing in your prompt. Few users on the Dev and Canary channel for Windows 11 already have access to Windows AI Copilot.

Windows 11 23H2 Copilot AI

Taskbar Ungrouping

From Windows 7 to Windows 10, you could easily group and ungroup open apps on the Taskbar. However, with the release of Windows 11, Microsoft took away the feature. However, backed by popular demand of the Windows 11 community, you can now finally ungroup and regroup apps on the Taskbar. This feature is available to select Windows 11 Insiders. Once the update rolls out globally for all users, you will be able to use the feature on your Windows 11 PC.

Widget Wall Improvements

Windows 11 brought in the Widgets panel that let you pin boards from different things. While it is usually filled with news from the MSN website, after the update is released, you will be able to easily remove and even disable MSN news boards from the Widgets panel. Additionally, you will also be able to add RAM, CPU, and even GPU usage maps to the Widgets panel.

Windows Dev Home And Dev Driver

Developers who use Windows 11 will now be able to easily set up their developer machines with ease. You can also choose to connect your GitHub accounts which can help you pull and make requests to various GitHub projects. There will also be a select widget that you can add from the Dev home app to your Widgets panel.

Not all upcoming features are announced so expect more features to be part of Windows 11 version 23H2.

How to Install Windows 11 23H2?

Unlike last year, this won’t be a huge update, but will still come with a host of useful features. So if you’re planning to upgrade to version 23H2 as soon as it goes live, you can simply install the update in the same way as other Windows 11 cumulative updates.

If you’re on Windows 11 22H2, you’ll get the new 23H2 version over the air. But for Windows 11 21H2 users, they may need to upgrade to version 22H2 first. There will also be an option to upgrade using an ISO file for those who want to install it manually or do a clean install.

Closing Thoughts

This concludes everything you need to know about the upcoming Windows 11 23H2 update, the update, as we have stated above, is slated for a release timeline between the end of September and early October. A lot of the features that we have mentioned are already live and in their testing phase for widows 11 Insiders on the Canary, Dev, and even select beta channel users. So, what do you think about the new update? Are the features and improvements that we have mentioned have any use for you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Enjoy games, 90's hip-hop, and tech. Loves exploring the infinite world of laptops and food. Every ready to provide assistance in anything that rocks his boat. Will gladly enjoy capturing memories through various lenses. Worked previously at PiunikaWeb as an author and researcher.

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