Optional preview updates for Windows 11 and 10, April 2023

Microsoft has issued its optional preview updates that contain fixes and features that will be generally available in the next Patch Tuesday. Windows 11 22H2 is receiving KB5025305, build 22621.1635, and the original version of this OS, 21H2, is getting KB5025298, build 22000.1880. Windows 10 updates include KB5025297, Build 19045.2913, for version 22H2. Here are the key changes.

Release Preview Insiders are receiving new updates

Besides the new Beta builds, the Release Preview channel of the Insider program has also received an update. Microsoft has issued Windows 11 Build 22000.1879 (KB5025298) for the initial OS release, along with Windows 11 Build 22621.1631 (KB5025305), version 22H2. Finally, Windows 10 users are also getting a fresh build, Windows 10 Build 19045.2908. Here are the changes.

Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 10 21H2 in June

Microsoft has recently announced that Windows 10 version 21H2 will be reaching its end-of-support date on June 13th, 2023. This means that users who are currently using this version of Windows 10 will no longer receive important updates such as security patches and bug fixes. This can leave users vulnerable to security threats and other issues that can arise from using outdated software.

Microsoft could merge Cortana and Action Center in Windows 10

More information comes about features planned and implemented for Windows 10 that never seen the light in release versions of the OS. You may already heard about the cancelled Start menu with 3D tiles, which is one of such features. The unified user interface with Cortana and Action Center combined is another one.

These are unreleased Start menu designs with 3D tiles

There are plenty of ideas Microsoft prepared and even implemented for Windows 10. Some of them you could already seen and tried. The most famous example is the Sets function, which was supposed to add a tabbed interface to all applications, but it never made it to release. But there are also many of features have never been revealed to the public. Between 2015 and 2020, the company's engineers came up with probably hundreds of different features, but they were never fully implemented.

Microsoft backported the new Media Player app to Windows 10

With Windows 11, Microsoft has also introduced a new Media Player app. It replaces the classic Groove Music app, and also will supersede even more classic Windows Media Player software. Microsoft is slowly sunsetting the latter, so it didn't get any new major change for several Windows releases. To keep Windows 10 up to date, Microsoft will make the new Media Player app available in that OS as well. Without a fanfare, the Redmond firm has pushed it to the Release Preview channel.

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