Microsoft to finalize Windows 11 24H2 RTM candidate in the coming days | Laptop News

Windows 11 24H2 could hit the RTM (Release to Manufacturers) status in a couple of weeks. This means Microsoft will begin offering the update to PC makers, allowing OEMs like Samsung, Lenovo or HP to test the Windows 11 24H2 base build on their upcoming and existing PCs.

Microsoft watchers like Zac Bowden had already predicted Windows 11 24H2 would be released to manufacturers in April, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise. If you’ve subscribed to the Windows Insider Program, you might have noticed that recent Canary or Dev builds mostly have bug fixes as the update is in the final stage of development.

Unlike Windows 11 23H2, which is based on version 22H2 (codename Nickel), Windows 11 version 24H2 is a new platform release codenamed Germanium. What’s also particularly interesting is that Windows 11 24H2 features will be rolled out in two phases, with the first “base” update shipping with new Snapdragon X Elite PCs in June.

Then, in September or October, Microsoft will begin rolling out Windows 11 version 24H2 to all existing PCs. At the same time, it will release another feature update (possibly a Windows Moment update) to turn on the new AI features on Snapdragon X Elite and other supported PCs.

What is the release date of Windows 11 24H2?

Here’s a possible timeline for the Windows 11 24H2 rollout:

  • Snapdragon X Elite PCs ship with Windows 11 version 24H2 (base release) with several new features, but some AI features could be missing. At this point, you won’t get Windows 11 24H2 on existing PCs.
  • Microsoft plans to release an update in September or October. This update will add the remaining “exciting” features of Windows 11 24H2 to the Snapdragon X Elite PCs that initially received Germanium.
  • In September or…

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