Microsoft today announced the rollout of the first major feature upgrade to Windows 11. Many of the changes are incremental and focus on user interface and productivity enhancements, but there are some useful additions — including a new password security feature.

Mostly, Windows 11 version 22H2, known as the Windows 11 2022 Update, is about polishing up the user experience introduced with Windows 11, while rounding out the feature set with some additional enterprise-targeted capabilities, according to Stephen Kleynhans, a vice president analyst at research firm Gartner.

“On its own, it isn’t a huge update, and for anyone already using Windows 11, it doesn’t represent a major change,” Kleynhans said in an email reply to Computerworld. “Rather, it removes some of the rough spots and inconsistencies in the initial Windows 11 release and makes it a little nicer to use.”

A few new features, such as the system-wide live captioning and improvements in screen reader will be really impactful for some users, Kleynhans noted, but most importantly, “this is the version of Windows 11 that is ready for enterprises to move to.

“I expect to see most enterprises make the move from Windows 10 to Windows 11 during 2023,” he said.

Released to original equipment manufacturers on Oct. 5, 2021, Windows 11 faced strong adoption headwinds from the start. While Microsoft allows anyone to manually install Windows 11 regardless of the CPU, an automatic upgrade is possible only if three critical components of the computer meet requirements — the CPU, the RAM, and the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), a secure cryptoprocessor.

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