The first major Windows 11 Update may be released in Summer 2022

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 30, 2021
Updated • Dec 30, 2021
Windows 11 News

When Microsoft released Windows 11 in late 2021, it revealed plans to release one feature update per year for the operating system and increase the support lifecycle of each version.

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Previously, the company released two feature updates per year for Windows 10, even though the last three updates for Windows 10 were minor feature updates only.

Both Windows 11 and Windows 10 will receive a single feature update per year in 2022 and onward. Microsoft confirmed that the 2022 feature update for Windows 11 would be released in the second half of the year, but did not narrow it down further.

Windows Central suggests that the first Windows 11 feature update could be released earlier than many users and administrators would expect. According to the blog, Windows 11 version 22H2 will be completed in May 2022 and a final build will be released in Summer 2022.

I'm told the current engineering schedule has mainline development on version 22H2 scheduled for completion in May 2022, with a final build expected sometime in the summer.

Summer 2022 in the Northern Hemisphere starts on June 21 and ends on September 23 in the year. A release closer to the end of the period, in September in particular, seems feasible, considering that the release date would be just 11 months after the official release of the Windows 11 operating system.

Windows Central does not mention its source for the information, and the news should be filed under rumor for the time being.

The next feature update has the codename Sun Valley 2. It will introduce new functionality to the operating system, notably support for Android applications by integrating the Windows Subsystem for Android in the operating system. Other improvements include updated applications and overall polishing of the system, which some users felt rushed by Microsoft.

Windows 11 is still being rolled out to all compatible devices at the time of writing. The next feature update version will be offered to devices that Telemetry considers to offer the best upgrading experience. Rollouts happen over periods of weeks or months, and Microsoft expects to offer the free upgrade to Windows 11 to all eligible devices by mid-2022. The period of the 2022 feature update release rollout will likely be shorter.

The option to set the default browser again may also be introduced with the feature update.

Closing Words

Windows 11 has a few confirmed issues currently,  but Microsoft has been criticized mainly for removing functionality that existed in previous versions of Windows, including Windows 10. Most top requested Windows 11 features ask Microsoft to bring back functionality that it removed.

To name a few issues: changing default programs is less straightforward, annoying AMD performance issues, a taskbar with reduced functionality, and a redesigned File Explorer with usability issues.

Now You: what do you expect from the first feature update for Windows 11?

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  1. Ayush Gaikwad said on March 5, 2022 at 7:07 am

    I,m Facing problems in windows 11 my browser edge and chrome when I open its opening very slow it is having lag and you can,t use it so, I have to close and then open again

  2. ULBoom said on December 31, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    “what do you expect from the first feature update for Windows 11?”

    Past performance is the best indicator of future performance. Eventually we’ll see Windows Subsystem for iOS or something else impossible.

    MS has been screwing with Half-Linux (except for the computers they sold with Real-Linux installed that few know even existed) for a decade with a user base now approaching four.

    It would be nice for something MS does to not be met with sarcasm and dread. Some day…

  3. Dumbledalf said on December 30, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    They have so much to fix I can’t even imagine… And I’m also expecting to be disappointed again.

  4. Nico said on December 30, 2021 at 9:10 pm


  5. Anonymous said on December 30, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    No longer interested in Windows. I’m making a shift to Linux.

    1. WiNdOwSsUcKs said on January 1, 2022 at 10:44 am

      No one cares

  6. Yuliya said on December 30, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks for LTSC 2021, Micro&Soft. Now I don’t want to hear a word from you for at least half a decade.

  7. ShintoPlasm said on December 30, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Persistent printer issues, crippled UI, Edge forced into everything… A total crapfest. I’ve had to downgrade to W10 again to be able to use my newish Canon printer.

  8. common sense computing said on December 30, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    Win 11 is hot garbage, I almost feel sorry for anyone deliberately choosing to use it. Less productive, secure, private, stable, and performant.

  9. Paul(us) said on December 30, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    Hello Martin a small typing error i think.
    You wrought Both Windows 11 and Windows 11 will receive a single feature update per year in 2022 and onward.”
    Could this maybe be “Bought Windows 10 & Windows 11……”?

    And I have a question!
    you wrought “Windows 11 version 22H2 will be completed in May 2022..”
    May is only 5 mouths in the year and there will be only one release so why call it windows 22H2 instead, the more logic sounding (Sun Valley 2.) 22H1?

    And then you question what i expect of the new Sun Valley 2 update.
    I expect stability but what I will get is more instability instead.
    More bloatware and not only because of that a slower system.
    Less handy functions who are almost impossible to find in the system.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 30, 2021 at 4:10 pm

      Thank you, corrected!

  10. Anonymous said on December 30, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Why say “summer” when you can say third quarter.

    1. Plants said on January 2, 2022 at 11:48 pm

      Third quarter isn’t even summer.
      It’s beginning of July through end of September.
      Why say something when you don’t know?

    2. Matt said on January 1, 2022 at 1:30 pm

      Because normal people don’t talk like business executives?

      1. Panda said on January 2, 2022 at 9:23 pm

        “Summer” can mean something totally different depending on where you live.

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