Windows 11 version 22H2 possible RTM on May 24

The next feature update for Windows 11 is almost complete, according to Microsoft leakster WalkingCat. Windows 11 version 22H2 will reportedly reach RTM status on May 24.

What RTM means for Windows 11

Back in the day — the days before Windows 10 — RTM meant that Microsoft had completed a version of Windows and was ready to ship it to OEMs. Indeed, it stands for release to manufacturers.

That doesn’t work anymore, since Microsoft introduced the Windows as a service model. The company will talk about how Windows updates are never done, and it’s also true that OEMs no longer get a special copy of the operating system to pre-install on new hardware. While Microsoft doesn’t call it RTM publicly, that’s a term we often use to describe the build that will eventually ship as a feature update.

That’s the build we expect on May 24th. Of course things can change. There could be a show-stop bug that can push it back, something we’ve seen before.

What happens after RTM

Once we have the so-called final build for Windows 11 version 22H2, that doesn’t mean the update is about to be released. That’s when Microsoft will maintain it with cumulative updates.

This is exactly what happened with the original version of Windows 11, and the timeline is the same. Windows 11 had already reached that critical milestone when it was announced, so all we had to test after that are cumulative updates to build 22000. We will see the same kind of updates with version 22H2, and then there will be a drop in release.

You can still test new Windows 11 features

The build of Windows 11 version 22H2 will be available in the beta channel and testing will get boring. Boring, of course, means that all is well and free of bugs. If you want the excitement of new features, you can still get it. All you need to do is enroll your PC in the Dev channel. After that you will get all builds of rs_prerelease.

Speaking of the different channels and features, Microsoft hasn’t even told us specifically what will be included in Windows 11 version 22H2. We have a general idea based on what’s currently in the beta channel, but there are no guarantees. Hopefully we’ll know on May 24th.

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