Microsoft’s Windows Insider Program Team has announced the release of Windows 11, version 23H2 Build 22631 to the Release Preview Channel. Primarily targeted at Windows Insider Program for Business participants, this update aims to validate the new features on devices within organizational settings. Here’s a closer look at what the latest build brings to the table and how to get it.
The Update Unveiled: What’s New?
Microsoft Teams Takes Center Stage
One of the most significant changes is the integration of Microsoft Teams (free version) into the taskbar. This feature aims to facilitate quick and seamless communication by offering a mini communications experience. Users can chat, call, and organize meetings within a couple of clicks.
Phone Link and People Experience
The update also introduces a new Phone Link feature, allowing users to link their Android smartphones to send and receive SMS messages and share meeting links via Microsoft Teams. A “People experience” feature finds relevant contacts easily on Teams and enables quick access and connection to synced contacts.
Game Bar Gets More Social
For gamers, the update adds a “Play Together” widget to the Windows 11 Game Bar. This feature, powered by Microsoft Teams, allows you to see your friends’ videos overlaid directly on your game. It supports popular titles like Starfield and can be activated by hitting WIN + G.
How to Get the Update
This update will be rolled out in the fourth quarter of 2023 and follows the same servicing branch and code base as Windows 11, version 22H2. To get this update, you need to enable the ‘Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available’ setting in Windows Update.
For commercial customers, the update is available through various channels including Windows Update for Business (WUfB), Windows Server Update Service (WSUS), and Azure Marketplace.
If you’re a Windows Insider in the Release Preview Channel, you can directly go to Settings > Windows Update to download and install the build.
Free Support for IT Admins
Should any issues arise during the deployment of this update, IT admins in organizations can request free Microsoft support. This offer is specifically aimed at resolving issues related to commercial scenarios.
Copilot in Preview
The Copilot feature, an AI-powered assistant integrated directly into Windows 11, will start to release in preview to select global markets as part of this update. Initial markets for the Copilot preview include North America, parts of Asia, and South America.
The Windows 11, version 23H2 update promises a range of new features, with a strong focus on enhancing communication and productivity. With this update, Microsoft seems to be taking significant strides in making Windows 11 more versatile and user-friendly. Whether you are a business user or a gaming enthusiast, there’s something in this update for you.