According to reports, Microsoft intends to release a new Windows version every three years, as it did with Windows Vista and Windows 7. Microsoft does not want Windows 11 to become monotonous or uninteresting. Microsoft intends to continually update Windows 11 with “Moment” and “feature” updates.
Microsoft has reportedly scrapped the original Sun Valley 3 project, and Windows 11 will receive Windows 11 23H2 based on the existing version 22H2, similar to how Windows 10 will receive enablement package updates. Microsoft plans to release a new version of Windows in 2024 (Windows 12?).
We are already aware that Microsoft intends to use cumulative updates to ship new features from the primary development channel into production. Windows 11 22H2 (Windows 11 2022 Update) has already received its first major update, “Moment 1,” which includes tabs and an updated File Explorer sidebar.
Microsoft is already preparing Moment 3 and Moment 4 smaller updates to bring additional features to Windows 11 22H2 before the second major update, internally titled “Moment 2,” is released.
Future ‘Moment’ updates will include functionality that has been in testing since the second half of 2022. As the majority of Microsoft’s development team is currently on vacation, ‘Moment 2’ will be released in early 2023, with taskbar clock seconds support being one of the notable new features.
Some features, such as the Microsoft account-free Widgets board, may be made available independently through Microsoft Store and Windows Updates.
One of the most recent updates, Windows 11 Build 25262, contains references to “Moment 3” (Test ID: MTestUx14) and “Moment 4” (Test ID – MTestUx15). Test ID “39145991” represents Windows 11 22H2 Moment 1 (an update that added tabs to File Explorer), while MTestUx13 represents the forthcoming Moment 2 release.
It is important to note that you can test some of these features on your PC if you enroll in the Windows Insider program, which allows you to test new features and enhancements before their release to the general public. If you can’t wait to see Windows 11 enhancements, you can join the Dev Channel and test everything today.
We do not know if there will be an upcoming event or announcement that highlights the Windows 11 features, but we could learn more about the operating system’s future between March and May.
Unfortunately, Microsoft does not yet have a public roadmap of what Windows 11 will receive, including what Moment 3 and 4 updates are planned and how future updates will benefit everyone.