Get ready, because the next big Windows 11 update is almost here, with exciting new features like an improved taskbar, application folders, and the resurrection of Windows Media Player. We’re really looking forward to – wait, what’s this? What does that say? ‘Windows 11 2022 Update’? Well, that’s a rubbish name.
Yes, the name of this update – formerly referred to as version 22H2, codenamed ‘Sun Valley 2’ – appears to have been accidentally revealed by Microsoft itself, with the ‘Get Started’ app on systems running Windows 11 telling users ‘You are now running Windows 11 2022 update’.
This was discovered by an eagle-eyed Twitter user @XenoPantherwho observed less than 24 hours after the Get Started app had hurriedly reverted back to its original message.
Get Started has been updated to mention “Windows 11 2022 Update” pic.twitter.com/yVNdF0HPIdAugust 22, 2022
The name makes sense; previous Windows 10 updates used a month+year format, and Microsoft’s decision to only release a single major update to Windows 11 this year would explain the lack of a month (although we already know that 22H2 is scheduled to be released in September 20).
It’s so boring, though! Older updates occasionally had nice names like ‘creators update’ – if Microsoft is moving away from regular big updates, why not make a bigger deal on the ones we have? It is launch? The ‘Windows 11 2022 Update’ does nothing to generate excitement. Call it ‘Windows 11 Neo’ or ‘the power user update’ or something! Come on, Microsoft, you’re better than that.
Analysis: Microsoft is definitely changing the way it approaches Windows updates
In all seriousness, though, Microsoft really needs to do something about Windows 11. Adoption has slowly increased, but it is still far behind Windows 10, and many users are not feeling the compulsion to upgrade. Bugs with the Start menu along with safety problemsthey do little to inspire confidence.
Microsoft’s move away from several annual feature updates for Windows is interesting, with 2023’s big ‘Sun Valley 3’ update being scrapped in favor of smaller, smaller updates called ‘Moments’ (that’s a better name, Microsoft).
The Windows Insider Program has also been used more to test new features, which we hope will allow Microsoft to release these smaller updates more frequently.
Following this ‘Moments’ flow, the current schedule has predictions that place a Windows 12 release in 2024, which seems pretty soon considering how many people are still using Windows 10 — or even older versions of the operating system. Unless the Windows 11 2022 update (ugh) does some heavy lifting to attract more users, Microsoft might want to rethink its plans.