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Microsoft has provided access to Windows 11 23H2 (build 22631.2428) for OEMs

Microsoft has released Windows 11 23H2 (build 22631.2428) for OEMs. The update comes in the form of an "activation package" that includes features already present in the operating system, but not yet working. It includes all the features of Windows 11 Moment 4, as well as additional improvements, Windows Latest reports

Microsoft previously confirmed on the support site that the update does not contain any hardware or software changes, so all applications and drivers ready to work with Windows 11 version 22H2 will work with this update as well. The OEM release also allows companies to prepare new devices that will come pre-installed with the latest version of Windows.

Windows 11 23H2 includes, firstly, all the functions of Windows 11 Moment 4, including Copilot, a new volume mixer, a new "Explorer", an archiver, a new Paint with AI-based capabilities, Windows Backup, dynamic illumination of components, automatic saving in Notepad, etc. Also Windows 11 23H2 includes:

  • Ink Anywhere (also available on Windows 11 22H2 with KB5031455);
  • System Components icon for system components in Microsoft Store;
  • New settings page for managing codecs, extensions, applications and other services installed by Microsoft;
  • chat Teams on the taskbar.

It is assumed that Windows 11 23H2 will be the last major update of the operating system before the release of Windows 12.

It was expected that the Windows 11 23H2 update would be released by the end of October, but most of the fundamental work to ensure compatibility and reliability of this release has not yet been completed. Microsoft developers, after the release of the 22H2 Moment 4 update, are still continuing to finalize the new global update for Windows 11.

In preparation for the release of 23H2, Microsoft has updated the WHCP certification program for software compatibility, as well as for full compatibility of device drivers between 22H2 and 23H2.

Microsoft has also released an updated Driver Developer Kit (Windows Driver Kit — WDK) for Windows 11 23H2. WDK is used to develop "efficient and high-quality drivers" for Windows. In addition, Microsoft introduced an updated release of the Windows SDK software development kit in early October.

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