Windows 11 23H2 heads to OEMs ahead of anticipated launch | Laptop News

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  • Microsoft has released Windows 11 23H2 (Build 22631.2428) to OEMs, marking a crucial step before the public rollout and allowing OEMs to ensure compatibility with their devices.
  • The update is delivered as an “enablement package,” activating features already present in the operating system but not yet enabled. It includes everything from Windows 11 Moment 4 plus additional improvements.
  • Although not a major release, Windows 11 23H2 is significant as it’s considered the last major update before the introduction of Windows 12.

The Windows 11 23H2 release date is not officially known yet, but the tech giant is expected to start the rollout of the feature update any day now. Microsoft began seeding the update to OEMs (PC makers) on October 23, and ISOs are also live on the servers internally, including new Windows SDK and ClientEnterprise ISOs.

According to documents seen by Windows Latest, Microsoft made Windows 11 23H2 (“Windows 11 2023 Update”) download available to OEMs on October 23. OEMs got Windows 11 Build 22631.2428 as the ‘final’ version of ’23H2′. This is a significant and last milestone for the new Windows update.

When a Windows update is released to OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) like Dell, HP and Lenovo ahead of the public rollout, it means that the update is being prepared for final rollout to consumers. This also allows OEMs to test and ensure their apps and drivers are compatible.

A support document previously confirmed the update doesn’t come with any hardware or software changes, so all Windows 11 version 22H2-ready apps and drivers will run without issues. OEM release also allows the companies to prepare new…

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