Microsoft Windows 11 Update Schedule Seemingly Reaches Far into the Future

Patrick Devaney
Nov 30, 2022
Windows Updates

One of the key aspects to ship with Windows 11 22H2 is the confirmation of the rumor Ghacks first reported back in July, which is that Microsoft is returning to launching a new version of Windows every three years. This put a halt to the yearly feature update cycle we had been led to believe would take Windows 11 forward, replacing it with a newer “Moment” update cycle. It now looks like there may be at least three more Windows Moment Updates in development, which could possibly mean all Moment updates leading up to Windows 12 may already be slated for development.

Windows 11 Updates

We recently saw the launch of the Moment 1 update, which shipped in October with key features including File Explorer Tabs, Suggested Actions, a Taskbar overflow option, improvements to the Photos app, and more. Moment 2 has already been confirmed as in development by Windows Insiders and is due for launch early next, as well as the Moments moniker also being confirmed as the internal point of reference at Microsoft for the updates.

Since those reports broke, news has also been leaked of a rumored Moments 3 update being on Microsoft’s release schedule although there has been no confirmation of the proposed timeframes for its release. The internal test IDs for the updates, however, which ended up on Twitter clearly indicated the third ID.

Interestingly, a fourth ID has now also been leaked by the same Windows Insider researcher who broke the news of the third Moments ID.

This means that we could be seeing here the test development schedule for all the remaining Moments updates that will take us to Windows 12. On the other hand, however, there is also a chance, as has been commented on by the leaker himself, that the speed with which these test IDs are being generated means they are for tests of something completely different and don’t refer to future Moments updates at all. The key to watch out for here is whether a fifth test ID is added to the schedule sometime soon. If that happens, the likelihood of these being test-scheduling IDs for future Windows 11 updates becomes less likely.

Microsoft Windows 11 Update Schedule Reaches Far into the Future
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Microsoft Windows 11 Update Schedule Reaches Far into the Future
Leaked test scheduling IDs could indicate that Microsoft is lining up at least three further Windows 11 feature updates that could take us all the way to Windows 12.
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  1. Service Pack said on December 1, 2022 at 5:00 am

    Windows 7
    Windows 7 Service Pack 1
    Windows 8.0
    Windows 8.1
    Windows 8.1 Update 1
    Windows 8.1 Update 2
    Windows 8.1 Update 3
    Windows 10 1507
    Windows 10 1511
    Windows 10 1607
    Windows 10 1703
    Windows 10 1709
    Windows 10 1803
    Windows 10 1809
    Windows 10 1903
    Windows 10 1909
    Windows 10 20H1
    Windows 10 20H2
    Windows 10 21H1
    Windows 10 21H2
    Windows 10 22H2
    Windows 11
    Windows 11 22H2
    Windows 11 22H2 Moment 1

    1. Anonymous said on December 1, 2022 at 11:29 pm

      New managers wanting to leave their stamp – “I’m proud to say I changed the Windows versioning system to something with clarity”.
      “Did you improve reliability”?
      “Errrr. How do you define improve”.

    2. John G. said on December 1, 2022 at 9:11 am


  2. shake off the M$ fleas said on December 1, 2022 at 4:59 am

    > I fear that going forward, Windows will become more like a dictatorship

    They are a CONVICTED MONOPOLY. What more do you want?

    Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is the future.

  3. Trey said on November 30, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    Remember when they said Windows 10 would be the “last” version of Windows? So take everything they say with a lump of salt because they’ll wander off in another direction in the next 3 years. Also yea… Moments? MS should start drug testing again.

    1. Patrick said on December 1, 2022 at 7:29 am

      When did they say that?

      1. 888kikilaw said on December 1, 2022 at 6:27 pm

        a long time ago

  4. Jek Tono Porkins said on November 30, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    As much as I want Windows 11 to be good and having been using it since pre-release in 2021, I keep finding how not good it is. Windows 10 wasn’t much better, but it had a few things that were better – it was easier to set up default programs, there was less nagging and the OS didn’t act like a malware where it would periodically re-enable disabled (by me) settings or reinstall Edge when I explicitly uninstalled it.

    I fear that going forward, Windows will become more like a dictatorship where you either abide by its rules or get out (to Linux and Mac). Microsoft will try to push to the very limit and see how much crap they can shove on their users before the last straw.

    Until Linux can prove an easy and reliable substitute for Windows, Microsoft will keep crapping up Windows until the end of days. I’m pretty sure that at this point all the suits and big heads at Microsoft, or ex-Microsoft like Ballmer or Gates don’t use Windows, they probably use Mac and barely do anything than watch videos or send e-mails.

    1. Anonymous said on December 1, 2022 at 1:47 am

      Today is the year of Linux! lol

      I tried Linux in my few years old laptop just several weeks ago, the touchpad was not working.
      When I Googled, some people even had their keyboard not working. Very funny.

      1. Anonymous said on December 1, 2022 at 11:19 pm

        Windows may do the same, depending on drivers. Track down the correct Linux driver and your touchpad should be back in action. If not, there are different varieties of Linux. It’s a case of research before you install any old distro.

      2. Anonymous said on December 1, 2022 at 2:49 pm

        That’s anecdotal, though. Just because you had a problem with the touchpad, or you found other people reporting problems, doesn’t mean that Linux is unusable. You can also find many people reporting all kinds of problems with Windows, if you search for that.

  5. Mothy said on November 30, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    LOL using the term “Moments” reminds me of some cheesy television commercial. Microsoft has completely lost the plot to their OS. Bunch of clowns running the show now who have completely ruined what used to be an intuitive and useful user interface.

    On top of that add the whole “Windows as service” with all the built-in telemetry and services/tasks running in the background and it’s even worse. No thanks, once support ends for Windows 8.1 next year I’m done with Microsoft and will be moving on to Linux.

    1. Anonymous said on November 30, 2022 at 7:57 pm

      Why are you waiting? The time to shift is always ‘now’.

      So far, Microsoft has done nothing with Windows I can’t adjust to. It is ONLY an OS. As long as it runs the programs I need/want, that’s good enough for me. Maybe not good enough when it crashes but that’s rare. Unfortunately, not as rare as airline crashes but I never lost anything important in a computer crash.

      1. Frankel said on December 1, 2022 at 11:18 am

        When Windows 10 gets no more security updates in 3 years, maybe then the toddler OS 11 has matured.

  6. John G. said on November 30, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    Does it means that if a feature is a downgrade (e.g. the worst taskbar ever), we must wait three years till be solved? Oh come on, long life to W10, currently the best OS by Microsoft with greetings to the old and good W7 (that still rocks and will rock for a big while). Thanks @Patrick for the article! :]

    1. Guest said on December 1, 2022 at 2:05 pm

      W7 was utter garbage compared with a fully updated W10 in 2022.

    2. Michael From KY said on November 30, 2022 at 3:20 pm

      I was using windows 8.1 for a while. on my dell T3600. I got to reading, and found out that windows 10 is really windows 8.1 with a face lift. MicroSoft is making it in every build of their OS’s. having the user to make 15 clicks just to get where they are going inside of windows. Like the Add/Remove Programs.

      In windows 7 it’s 2 clicks. In win 10 it’s 3. in windows 11 it’s 5. I’m still using windows 7. LORT~
      Lets pray win 12 is bloat ware free, and functions like windows 7? That’s what we talk about in PalTalk Tech rooms. How that MicroSoft is getting away from doing things right.

      1. Anonymous said on November 30, 2022 at 7:50 pm

        Take a look at the versions table
        Windows 8.1 was NT 6.3
        Windows 10 is NT 10.0
        Windows 11 is NT 10.0

        If anything is a facelift it is Windows 11 but I prefer to think of it as a fork.

      2. John G. said on November 30, 2022 at 4:27 pm

        My beloved father still uses W7 and he is the happiest man on earth. No more words needed.

      3. Anonymous said on November 30, 2022 at 7:16 pm

        I continue to use Windows 7. What should I do if Microsoft stops ESU? I’m not sure. Windows 10 is terrible, and Windows 11 is worse. Linux doesn’t support the software I use, and OSX is worthless.

      4. Saswat Mishra said on December 31, 2022 at 11:04 pm

        Windows 8.1 will end support on 2023. Do you like Windows 8.1?

      5. Seeprime said on December 1, 2022 at 4:33 pm
        Reply releases excellent security patches for 7. I use the Pro version, $30 per year. The free version works well also.

      6. WindowsSevenForever said on November 30, 2022 at 11:54 pm

        Web browsers will be the only issue we encounter. Everything else should work perfectly on Windows 7. You could possibly utilize VMware Unity mode or your own VDI server to run unsupported programs. I hope VxKex attracts more coders.

      7. Jody Thornton said on November 30, 2022 at 10:53 pm

        Use LTSC versions of Windows 10. App free and pretty much as bloat free as you’ll get.

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