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Windows Desktop, World tenant
The February 2023 non-security preview release is now available for all supported versions of Windows. For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check the Update Windows article. Information about the contents of this update is available from the release notes, which are accessible from Windows 11 and Windows 10 history pages. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.
IMPORTANT After March 2023, there will be no more optional, non-security preview releases for the supported editions of Windows 10, version 20H2 and Windows 10, version 21H2. Only cumulative monthly security updates (known as the "B" or Update Tuesday release) will continue for these versions. Windows 10, version 22H2 will continue to receive security and optional releases.
Highlights for the Windows 11, version 22H2 update:
Today, Panos Panay announced new features and apps for Windows 11, version 2022. Some are available via this February preview release and also will be included in the March 2023 security update. Some of these new experiences in these releases include:
This update improves the search box experience on the taskbar by displaying search results in a flyout box as you type in the search box.
You can now access Windows Studio effects directly from quick settings on the taskbar for devices that have a supported neural processing unit (NPU). This allows easy configuration of camera effects such as Background blur, Eye contact, Automatic framing, and Audio effects.
This update makes it easier to get help if you are having PC issues. You can now find Quick Assist in the Start menu’s All apps list.
Windows now provides energy recommendations to enhance the energy efficiency of your PC and reduce your carbon footprint.
Read about the full list of features included in this release at Panos Panay’s post on the Windows Experience Blog. If you are an IT admin and want to explore new experiences for your organization and find details on how to configure the rollout for select features, visit the Windows IT Pro Blog.
For instructions on how to install this update, see the KB for your OS listed below:
Windows 11, version 22H2: KB5022913
Windows 11, version 21H2: KB5022905
Windows 10, version 22H2: KB5022906
Windows 10, version 21H2: KB5022906
Windows 10, version 20H2: KB5022906
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