Microsoft has made a significant announcement that is sure to excite Windows 11 users worldwide. The tech giant has introduced a substantial Windows 11 Moment 4 update to the public. Simultaneously they have launched the highly anticipated Windows 11 23H2 build to the Release Preview Channel within the Windows Insider program.
Microsoft is presenting this new build as a cumulative update, particularly for users already on the recently released Moment 4 update. This approach ensures that the new build will share the same servicing branch and code base as Windows 11 version 22H2 and is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2023.
The Windows 11 23H2 update arrives with a plethora of new features aimed at enhancing the user experience. Notably, it introduces the revamped Microsoft Teams (Free) with a fresh mini communications experience. This feature streamlines communication, allowing users to chat, call and meet with their contacts effortlessly all within a click or two.
A particularly exciting addition is the integration of Android phones via PhoneLink, enabling users to send and receive messages using Microsoft Teams directly from their PCs.
Key Features and Improvements
Here is a closer look at some of the key changes and improvements introduced by Microsoft in the Windows 11 23H2 update:
- Microsoft Teams Integration
The update rebrands the Chat feature as Microsoft Teams (Free) which is now pinned by default to the taskbar. This integration offers a compact communications experience making it easy to chat, call and meet with contacts seamlessly.
- Phone Link Integration
Users can link their Android phones to the PC to send and receive SMS messages and share meeting links using their regular phone numbers.
- Enhanced People Experience
The new People feature simplifies finding and connecting with relevant contacts synced by users.
- Play Together Widget
The Windows 11 Game Bar now features a Play Together widget powered by Microsoft Teams (Free). It allows users to view their friend’s videos overlaid directly on top of their game. Friends can join from any device for free enhancing the gaming experience.
Apart from the highlighted features, the Windows 11 23H2 build brings several other noteworthy additions, including:
- Snipping Tool
A revamped Snipping tool now offers the ability to copy text from images.
- Improved Narrator Functionality
Enhancements to the narrator functionality improve accessibility.
- Energy Efficient Mode
A new energy efficient mode is introduced.
- Focus Sessions
Users can benefit from new focus sessions to boost productivity.
How to Get the Update
Whether your Windows 11 PC is currently running on the 22H2 build or a previous version, you can check for the new Release Preview updates by navigating to Settings > Windows Update > Check for updates.
The Windows 11 23H2 update brings a wealth of exciting features and improvements that are sure to enhance the overall Windows 11 experience. From streamlined communication with Microsoft Teams to improved accessibility and productivity features, this update underscores Microsoft’s commitment to continually evolve its operating system and provide users with innovative tools and enhancements. Windows 11 users can look forward to a more efficient and enjoyable computing experience with these new additions.