Windows 11 Anniversary Update will likely reach RTM status in a few weeks

In 2015, when Microsoft launched Windows 10 and the "Windows as a Service" concept, the company confirmed its intention to provide feature updates at least twice a year. There were still too many updates for many companies and even consumers, so they made these feature updates "optional".

It was always a challenge for Microsoft to release new features as part of these "feature" updates and Microsoft decided to focus on improvements with the second update of the year. With Windows 11, Microsoft moves to a single annual update per year.

This means that the company will only release one major OS update per year, and the first major Windows 11 update is expected to be released in the fall, possibly between late August and October.

According to sources close to the development, Windows 11 22H2 (codenamed 'Sun Valley 2' or SV2) will reach its RTM (release to manufacture) version in a few weeks. We expect the company to finalize an RTM candidate by the end of this month at the earliest.

For those who don't know, the term RTM (to be manufactured) refers to builds that are essentially the final version of the major release of Windows. These builds are shipped to OEMs and Microsoft partners to help companies test their drivers and devices and preinstall the updated operating system on new devices.

As for the "exact" release month, it's important to understand that the company can always delay the update until October, which is usually when feature updates for Windows are released. However, the possibility of an early September release cannot be ruled out.

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    Is it worth the wait?

    Current previews suggest that Microsoft will no longer revise the look of Windows in the Sun Valley 2 update.

    While the company is revamping some of its key features, including the task manager and native apps, the Windows 11 Anniversary Update won't feature any drastic overhauls.

    Windows 11 version 22610

    Sun Valley 2 doesn't seem like an exciting update if you just want to try some new features. However, by focusing on quality improvements and holding it off for a few months, Windows 11 is likely to become more stable and launch without the annoying issues that the original version shipped with.

    If you can't wait to try out the new task manager or drag-and-drop taskbar support, you can sign up for the Windows Insider Program and join the beta channel.

    In 2015, when Microsoft launched Windows 10 and the "Windows as a Service" concept, the company confirmed its intention to provide feature updates at least twice a year. There were still too many updates for many companies and even consumers, so they made these feature updates "optional".

    It was always a challenge for Microsoft to release new features as part of these "feature" updates and Microsoft decided to focus on improvements with the second update of the year. With Windows 11, Microsoft moves to a single annual update per year.

    This means that the company will only release one major OS update per year, and the first major Windows 11 update is expected to be released in the fall, possibly between late August and October.

    According to sources close to the development, Windows 11 22H2 (codenamed 'Sun Valley 2' or SV2) will reach its RTM (release to manufacture) version in a few weeks. We expect the company to finalize an RTM candidate by the end of this month at the earliest.

    For those who don't know, the term RTM (to be manufactured) refers to builds that are essentially the final version of the major release of Windows. These builds are shipped to OEMs and Microsoft partners to help companies test their drivers and devices and preinstall the updated operating system on new devices.

    As for the "exact" release month, it's important to understand that the company can always delay the update until October, which is usually when feature updates for Windows are released. However, the possibility of an early September release cannot be ruled out.

    Is it worth the wait?

    Current previews suggest that Microsoft will no longer revise the look of Windows in the Sun Valley 2 update.

    While the company is revamping some of its key features, including the task manager and native apps, the Windows 11 Anniversary Update won't feature any drastic overhauls.

    Windows 11 version 22610

    Sun Valley 2 doesn't seem like an exciting update if you just want to try some new features. However, by focusing on quality improvements and holding it off for a few months, Windows 11 is likely to become more stable and launch without the annoying issues that the original version shipped with.

    If you're eager to try out the new task manager or drag-and-drop taskbar support, you can sign up for the Windows Insider Program and join the beta channel.

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