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Microsoft has announced the release of the upcoming major update to Windows 11. The version will be rolled out in the fourth quarter of this year and will include new features, such as the Copilot AI assistant.

Microsoft indicates that the new Windows 11 23H2 release will not be an earth-shattering release. The upcoming version has the code base and servicing branch of Windows 11 22H2 as its foundation. Therefore, the update will be more like an “enablement” package in which current disabled 23H2 features will be activated.

Rather, the additional features being enabled will be rolled out to Windows 11 version 22H2 via a monthly update. This will be done before version 23H2 is actually implemented in the fourth quarter of this year. Windows 11 users are therefore strongly advised to upgrade to version 22H2 earlier.

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New functionality

New functionality that will become actively usable with Windows 11 23H2 includes the Microsoft Copilot AI assistant. In addition, native Windows 11 support for RGB lightning controls will be introduced, File Explorer will be modernized, there will be taskbar ungrouping and a new and improved Windows Spotlight version.

Furthermore, the Windows 11 23H2 release gets better support for archiving, such as 7z, gz, RAR and tar. Finally, Dev Drive and Dev Home will be added.

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