Windows 11 22H2 goes gold; it is ready to ship later this year


Microsoft announced today that the final version of Windows 11 22H2 has been released on its Insider channel, which means that the delivery version, or release to manufacturing (RTM), will be generally available later this year.

In the meantime, enterprise IT departments can quickly test the final build – Build 22621 – from the Windows Insider Preview download website and begin validating it on systems with the appropriate hardware configuration.

Retail devices enrolled in the Windows Insider Program for Business in the release preview channel will automatically be offered Windows 11 22H2 as an optional update. Non-retail Windows Insider devices can manually check for Build 22621 via Settings > Windows Update.

Once an Insider Channel subscriber updates a PC to build 22H2, they will continue to receive new servicing updates automatically through Windows Update (the typical monthly update process). Microsoft provides instructions on how to join the Windows Insider Program and join a PC to the release preview channel.

In addition to the pre-release commercial availability, Microsoft is also offering free support to commercial organizations running the release, which means IT shops can test the release and their preferred deployment methods, while still getting support. before general availability. Microsoft hasn’t said when the next version of Windows 11 will arrive, although major updates are traditionally rolled out in October or November.

In recent months, Windows 11 adoption rates have shrunk to a trickle, according to recent data from computer monitoring software vendor AdDuplex and others.

Released in October 2021, Windows 11 reached an “overall usage” of 19.7% in April, an increase of more than 10% since the start of December 2021. 0.6% more users are on a Windows 11 Insider build , according to the latest data from AdDuplex.

Windows 11 usage share grew by less than 0.4% in April. That’s on top of less than 0.2% growth in March, according to AdDuplex.

While Windows 11 does not expand, Windows 10 21H2 added another 6.5%.

Microsoft lobbied for users to upgrade to Windows 11, but the vast majority opted to stay on the previous edition, which will continue to be supported until 2025.

Of the 80% using Windows 10, the largest number of users are using the two most recent updates, Windows 10 N21U (21H2), released in November 2021 (28.5%) and Windows 10 M21U (21H1), published in March 2021, (26.5%).

The remaining 25% is on five older iterations of Windows 10.

“For the most part, commercial customers aren’t really diving into the new operating system, and we don’t expect to see much adoption until 2023,” said Steve Kleynhans, research vice president at Gartner. , in an earlier interview with “Computer World.”

“For most consumers who aren’t PC enthusiasts in one way or another, this isn’t really a high priority and they won’t be actively looking for the upgrade,” he said. declared. “Until Microsoft starts forcing the upgrade, or at least more aggressively releasing it to users on eligible machines, things may stall a bit. I suspect we’ll see Microsoft start to market the update more aggressively over the next few months and really start pushing it in the fall.”

For its part, Microsoft said it has seen strong demand for Windows 11, with people accepting the offer to upgrade to the operating system at twice the rate the company has seen for Windows 10, according to a report. January blog post by Panos Panay, Microsoft Product Director for Windows. and Devices.

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