Patch Tuesday's updates are now available for both Windows 11 and Windows 10. These patches aren't aimed to bring with them drastic changes to the OS and its features. But still you will notice some new behavior. For example, Windows 22H2 will now automatically open the search pane when you hover over the taskbar.
Microsoft is planning to introduce a new "Windows Backup" app to Windows 10. It is the same app that has been earlier announced for Windows 11, which now works on Release Preview versions of Windows 10. Though there are some limitations.
This Patch Tuesday brings a portion of general improvements and fixes to supported versions of Windows 11 and Windows 10. The updates are now available to Windows 11, versions 22H2 and 21H2, and for Windows 10, versions 22H2, 21H2, and 1809.
Microsoft just released three new builds to Insiders running Windows 11 and Windows 10 in the Release Preview channel. Windows 11 Build 22621.2066 (KB5028254) is available to those who have version 22H2 installed, while the original Windows 11 release users receive Windows 11 Build 22000.2243 (KB5028245). Finally, Windows 10 users are getting Windows 10 22H2 Build 19045.3269 (KB5028244).
In addition to Beta and Dev channel updates for Windows 11, Microsoft has also released Windows 10 Build 19045.3154 (22H2) to insiders in the Release Preview channel. The KB5027293 update improves support for GB18030-2022 in several Simplified Chinese fonts, Microsoft Defender endpoint improvements, and many miscellaneous fixes. After installing it you will be running Windows 10 version 22H2, Build 19045.3154.
Microsoft has ended support for Windows 10 version 21H2, also known as "November 2021 Update". Its consumer editions, Home and Pro, will no longer receive monthly cumulative updates with security fixes. For its customers, Microsoft will continue supporting Enterprise and Education editions of the OS until June 11, 2024.
Later this year, Microsoft will no longer provide support for Cortana on both Windows 10 and Windows 11. The change could be predicted, as Microsoft has already adding superior AI-powered Copilots in almost all its products. Windows Copilot is a new AI assistant, similar to the ChatGPT 's chat mode.
Microsoft is preparing for release new ISO files for both Windows 11 and Windows 10, version 22H2. Both releases will receive integration of the latest cumulative updates. Plus, Windows 11 will get an option to faster receive "Moment" updates.
Update 2023/05/24: The ISO files are now available for download.
As you may remember, Windows 10 version 21H2 support is ending on June 13, 2023. Microsoft has updated the Health Dashboard website with an extra reminder regarding the upcoming change. Also, the company noted that they will soon force update 21H2 devices to the latest Windows 10 version.
Microsoft has released cumulative updates for all the supported operating systems. These updates are mainly focused on resolving bugs and eliminating vulnerabilities, and don't introduce any new features. You can download these updates from Windows Update, or manually from the Microsoft Update Catalog.