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Microsoft announced on Tuesday that Windows 11 version 22H2 joined the Release Preview channel for Windows Insiders.

The Release Preview channel is the final stop before public release for most Windows updates, barring any unexpected show-stopping issues. It allows developers, companies, and enthusiasts to try out new features before going live.

When it comes to releasing new programs, UI enhancements, and other feature upgrades to Windows 11, Microsoft follows a less rigorous schedule than it used to.

Windows 11 updates continue coming

Since its release in October, the operating system has gotten a steady stream of improvements and software upgrades, with a notable round of updates in February.

These yearly Windows upgrades are also related to Microsoft’s support timetable for Windows updates. For example, security updates for Windows 11 version 21H1 will be available until October 2023; if you want to keep receiving security updates, you’ll need to upgrade to version 22H2.

Although Windows 11 version 22H2 is nearing release, we’ve heard absolutely nothing regarding Windows 10 version 22H2 (a Microsoft rep who spoke to the publication ArsTechnica said that the company had “nothing to share at this time”).

Windows 10 will live on

Windows 10 will keep receiving once-yearly upgrades for at least the next several years, but we don’t know how significant these improvements will be because Microsoft hasn’t released new Insider builds of Windows 10.

If you’re like most PC users, your current machine isn’t capable of running Windows 11. Microsoft has drawn a line in the sand to guarantee that Windows 11 may only be installed on current devices that meet specific hardware/security requirements.

There is wiggle room with some caveats to allow for bypassing the restriction. However, most users would be better off staying on Windows 10 for some time, and enterprises can even continue using the old OS for years to come before making the transition smoothly.